The Hudson River: From Ocean to Source: Historical – Legendary - Picturesque by Edgar Mayhew Bacon
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, London in 1903
Signed Museum Quality Inlaid Leather Binding by Morris Kalaba
Binding Details: Museum quality pictorial inlaid leather binding signed by M. Kalaba (Morris Kalaba), New York consisting of multicolored morocco leather inlays of sailboats and elaborate gilt designs on both covers, raised bands to the spine that are adorned with elaborate gilt floral bouquets, spine compartments with gilt panels within gilt borders that contain the title, author, and publication date. The front and rear pastedowns and endpapers are leather with each portraying a different image in gilt. The M. Kalaba binding stamp in gilt appears on the bottom of the inside cover. Accompanying the book is a large folding map which is laid into the book. The book is housed in a custom-made case that also has 5 raised spine bands, gilt paneling, and gilt lettering. The interior of the case is lined with green suede and comes with a green satin ribbon that serves to make it easier to get the book out of the case.
"M. Kalaba" was Morris Kalaba, trained in Europe as a binder. He first worked in the US around 1900, eventually purchasing the "Stikeman & Co." Bindery in New York, and was its President until the shop closed around 1932.
The binding was featured in the December, 1903 edition of The International Bookbinder.
Book Details: The Hudson River: From Ocean to Source: Historical – Legendary - Picturesque was published in 1903 by G.P. Putnams Son’s and is considered the definitive historical work on the Hudson River from the first Dutch settlers to the time of publication. In addition to the lengthy narrative, the book contains 100 illustrations that as the author states in the preface are meant to “illustrate the text and not merely to make a picture-book”. In addition to the illustrations that accompanied the first trade edition, this edition contains several hand-colored illustrations not contained in the original trade edition.
The book in the case measures approximately 10” x 7.5” x 2.5”, 590 pages with a preface, index, table of contents, and list of illustrations.
A copy of the first edition of the book bound in the original cloth will accompany the book. It is meant to be a reading copy and to show what the book looks like without the extra hand colored illustrations.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with no notable flaws. The binding is sound and secure. Internally, the book is very clean with no foxing. The book is has no signs of previous ownership. The case is in FINE- condition with the most minimal of surface wear. The case was originally dark green but has turned to a very attractive dark brown with a beautiful patina.
Photographs of the binding, case, front and rear pastedowns and endpapers, the article in International Bookbinder's, and the cloth copy of the first edition along with the map appear in the photo section of this listing.