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Chicago: A Century of Progress, 1933. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. 194 pages. Illustrations (a few in color). Format is approximately 5.75 inches by 9 25 inches. Folding map. Cover has some wear, soiling, tears and chips. Corners of some pages creased. A Century of Progress International Exposition was a World's Fair registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which was held in Chicago, as The Chicago World's Fair, from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts". Its architectural symbol was the Sky Ride, a transporter bridge perpendicular to the shore on which one could ride from one side of the fair to the other. One description of the fair noted that the world, "then still mired in the malaise of the Great Depression, could glimpse a happier not-too-distant future, all driven by innovation in science and technology." Visitors saw the latest wonders in rail travel, automobiles, architecture and robots.
New York: Viking, 2005. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xi, , 575,  pages. Maps. Further Readings, Illustrations. Illustration credits. Index. Pencil erasure residue on fep. Signed on title page. Autographed sticker on front of DJ. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Jared Mason Diamond (born September 10, 1937) is an American scientist and author best known for his popular science books The Third Chimpanzee (1991); Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997, awarded a Pulitzer Prize); Collapse (2005); and The World Until Yesterday (2012). Originally trained in physiology, Diamond is known for drawing from a variety of fields, including anthropology, ecology, geography and evolutionary biology. He is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2005, Diamond was ranked ninth on a poll by Prospect and Foreign Policy of the world's top 100 public intellectuals.
Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 1991. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xviii, 222 pages. Illustrations. Index to Counties. Index to Towns. Name of previous owner on fep. The post cards are reproduced at 86% to 96% of original size. The post card was, or could be, an inexpensive means of advertising. Cards postmarked in the city that was the subject of the view were particularly sought after. In 1909 one national post card collector's club based in Philadelphia claimed to have ten thousand members. After the Columbian Exposition, several companies began to issue limited edition series of postcards. In the early 1900's Eastman Kodak developed a postcard size paper which photographs could be printed on. The first picture post cards from Georgia were a set of twelve views commemorating the Cotton States Exposition held in Atlanta in 1895 and sold from vending machines. The rest is history and is documents in this monumental and intriguing work.
Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers Ltd., 1977. Second printing [stated]. Hardcover. ix, , 255,  pages. Illustrations/Drawings. References. General Bibliography. Index. Sticker on title page related to the U.S. distributor. Library of Congress copyright stamp on verso. Ink mark/notation on fep. Minor edge soiling. Alexander Fenton is a consultant for the European Ethnological Research Center, a former senior assistant editor of the Scottish National Dictionary, and a former director of the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland. Before rising to the position of Director, the author was associated with the Country Life Section of the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland. Concerned with historical change, this book is seen through the eyes of the people themselves, through the tools they used, through the food they ate, through the buildings in which they lived and worked. It provides an awareness of the past that has shaped the Scottish countryside.