Rare Minnesota History
Among the Sioux
A Story of the Twin Cities and the Two Dakotas
1906, 12mo, 109 pgs. Full bound blue-gray cloth with gilt title on front board and spine. Numerous black and white photographic illustration plates. Some dust soil to cloth, rubbing at board edges and along spine, some fraying at cornertips and head and tail of spine. Pleasant darkening to pg edges from age, POS on ffep. Otherwise binding solid, interior clean. Very good.
4to. A slim chapbook in brown paper wraps, bound with a tied string. On the few pages, Meridel Le Sueur contemplates the feelings and thoughts of a pregnant woman. This is number 257 of a limited edition of 500, SIGNED by Le Sueur. Interior is clean, though mildly toned. Two closed tears run along the thin spine. Creasing and other signs of age are noticeable especially towards edges. This remains a rare, desirable object. Book is accompanied by a 1988 Minnesota Monthly article about the author, entitled "The Insistent Voice: At 88 years old, writer Meridel Le Sueur has been discovered. Again.
Art and Life on the Upper Mississippi 1890-1915
This book examines advances in architecture, design, and painting in a region widely recognized for its contribution to the Arts and Crafts and Prairie School movements. It features the work of many well-known American artists, including the architects Cass Gilbert, Harvey Ellis, Frank Lloyd Wright, Purcell and Elmslie, ceramicist and Arts and Crafts philosopher Ernest Batchelder, and the painters Homer Dodge Martin and Alexander Fournier. The six essays also focus on the ceramic and metalwork production of the Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis, the Craftshouse of John Bradstreet, and American Indian art and artifacts created both for native and white use at the time.
Alan Lathrop discusses Minnesota architecture by combining his knowledge of architectural practitioners of the time with an awareness of international stylistic trends, particularly the tradition of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in this first overview of the state's architecture of the period ever published. Michael Conforti and Jennifer Komar link the development of retailing in the late nineteenth century to the interior design practice and Arts and Crafts production of John Bradstreet. Thomas O'Sullivan provides a study of Robert Koehler, one of the region's most respected painters, while he reviews the work of over two dozen of the state's other painters working at the time.
The special communal nature of Minnesota's artistic life is emphasized in Marcia Anderson's contribution. Her study of the Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis presents years of archival research on the Guild which she presents in the context of the international Arts and Crafts movement. Mark Hammons provides the first monograph ever published on the architectural partnership of Purcell and Elmslie, the most commissioned architects of the Prairie School after Frank Lloyd Wright. Hammons analyzes the team-centered working process of the firm and relates their creative process and formal vocabulary to the contemporary metaphysical discourse that was the foundation of their architectural philosophy. Louise Lincoln and Paulette Molin study the nature of relationships between whites and the Chippewa and Dakota Indians in their discussion of native material culture. Lincoln and Molin decode a complex, nuanced cultural interchange embodying both traditional and assimilationist trends. Their essay is the first in-depth examination of the range of American Indian art from this region; one that considers both objects crafted for native use and those produced for the tourist market.
The Book of Minnesotans
A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, Volume 1
Small 8vo, 572 pgs. Full bound green cloth with gilt title on spine. Volume One only. Light dust soil to text block otherwise clean and solid.
The Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Introduction of Freemasonry into Minnesota, And of the Organization of St. Paul Lodge No. 3
Circa 1956, 8vo, 111 pgs. Full bound red cloth with gilt titles on front board and spine, decorative red and gilt end papers. Numerous b&w portraits accompany the text. Clean throughout. Binding still tight. A fine copy.
Champlin on the Mississippi
"4to, 365pgs. Full bound in green buckram with black titling on spine and cover, front board is illustrated with a steam boat on the river. Book full of black and white illustrations of the township of Champlin, a cultural history of a small town on the mississippi. Book is solid with minimal color fading to head and tail of spine and cornertips. Top of interior pages has light toning. Dustjacket has a 1`3/8
closed tear on the tail edge near joint and 1/2
tear on tail edge of rear cover and two other very small closed tears, else in excellent condition.
Chatfield : Minnesota Territory
"Small 4to, 147 pgs. Full bound brown cloth with black stamped title on front board and spine. Author's inscription on front pastedown. Book is clean and tight. DJ shows light dust soil, else fine.
Child's History of Waseca County, Minnesota, From its First Settlement in 1854 to the Close of the Year 1904, A Record of Fifty Years (3rd Printing)
Curve of the Arch
The Story of Louis Sullivan's Owatonna Bank
Dreams to Share
A Radio Anthology of Minnesota Poetry (limited Edition)
1938, 8vo, 63 pgs. Limited Edition, 142/200. Full bound green paper with black title on front board. A collection of poetry read on WTCN, about 10 were read every Sunday for 50 weeks. Interior is clean throughout, binding solid. Boards lightly dust soiled with minor shelfwear. An interesting piece of Minnesota culture.