The Battle with the Slum
Riis, Jacob A.

New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, 1902. F xi + 465 pages + (1) page advertising for Riis' "The Making of an American an Autobiography" at back; tissue-guarded gravure frontispiece portrait of Theodore Roosevelt by Rockwood; useful index; black and white illustrated throughout; materials on slum blight, mills houses, genesis of the gang, reform; Jacob August Riis (1849 - 1914) journalist and social reformer, "...reportage of the miseries of life in the tenements moved large numbers of Americans who shared his progressive hope for a bridge between the classes, a bridge that was built "of human hearts" and "founded upon justice." ..." (Robert D. Cross in the ANB); front endpaper with the colorful illustrated bookplate of the private Tabard Inn Library 1323 Walnut Street Philadelphia: "…books assembled by Jacob Blanck that formed the lending stock of the "Tabard Inn Library" scheme, a commercial venture. Opened in Philadelphia in March, 1902, it was designed to reach a much larger audience than a related organization, the Booklovers Library, which originated in the same city two years earlier and was restricted to invited members. The Tabard Inn Library also offered older titles from its collection for purchase or exchange for recently published items…" (from the Library of Congress citation regarding this collection); back endpaper with a printed catalog description of the book; bound in the original dark blue ribbed-finish cloth with gilt cover & spine titles and illustration, top edge gilt; some edge, tips wear to boards, spine titles dulled, cloth rubbed; portrait tissue guard spotty, portrait of TR with short ˝" closed marginal edgetear; one plate page with some edgewear & chipping, no loss; in good condition. Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: 24264)


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