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Life
New York 1883 - Vol. 1, No. 1 (January 4, 1883) to Vol. 50, No. 1313 (December 26, 1907), comprising 1313 issues, bound in 32 volumes of canvas backed cloth boards (1883 through 1899 are bound by the year, 1900 through 1907 are bound by the volume, that is two per year.) 1891 does not match the rest of the run. It is bound in two volumes of red leather and boards, lacking spines. Quartos. Canvas bindings VG, sturdy, with darkening to cloth, handsome. Contents near fine, doublespreads tipped in, light vertical folds from mailing. All covers (except for the first nine months when Life featured a repeating cover) and ads bound in. Some issues with rubber stamps to covers, some issues with puncture stamps to covers. The old comic Life (1883-1936) was a tart satirical weekly that dealt in about equal parts with the social and the political worlds. It was generally mainstream Democratic in its politics, though it never took what happened in Washington as seriously as its two "colored contemporaries," as Life delighted in calling Puck and Judge. It stood for "all things American," as would be expected of a magazine founded by Protestant sons of Harvard. That broad credo, generally translated, meant that it supported "sound money" and tariff reform, encouraged social responsibility of the wealthy (it started the famous Fresh Air Fund to provide city children with summer experiences in the country) and thrift of the poor, discouraged hyphenated Americanism and alien philosophies such as socialism, and was open to immigration and generally free -- in the manner of the day -- of bigotry, except for a startlingly virulent anti-Semitism. Each issue was profusely illustrated, with full-page cover and centerspread cartoons. Its artists specialized in a refined pen and ink style epitomized by Charles Dana Gibson's "Gibson Girl," which cemented Life's standing as an institution in the 1890's. Founders and important contributors during the 19th and early 20th century include JA Mitchell, John Kendrick Bangs, FG Attwood, Harry McVickar, WA Rogers, EW Kemble, Palmer Cox, Charles Howard Johnson, M. A. Woolf, Hy Mayer, Oliver Herford, Rose O'Neill Latham, and Otto Toaspern, as well as Maxfield Parrish, who contributed two full-color Christmas covers, a St. Patrick's Day cover and a St. Valentine's Day cover. A great set. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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