Spring 2022 Catalogue

New Acquisitions Spring 2022 – 45 – Bauman Rare Books Inscribed By Jacob Riis To Anita McCormick Blaine, A Famous Chicago Social Reformer Mentioned In The Text 49. RIIS, Jacob. The Making of an American. New York, 1901. Octavo, original gilt-stamped navy cloth rebacked with original spine laid down. $6500. First edition of the pioneering photographer and reformer’s autobiography, published the decade after his influential work, How the Other Half Lives, with frontispiece portrait and 83 photographic illustrations, many full-page, in original bright cloth-gilt, inscribed to a prominent social reformer and close friend of Jane Addams mentioned in the text: “Mrs Emmons Blaine with the admiration and respect of the author Jacob A. Riis. New York, Dec 9, 1901.” In this profusely illustrated autobiography, Riis charts his life, from his youth in Denmark to his immigration to America and his dedication to documenting the social injustice of New York’s slums, first as a police photographer and then as a newspaper photographer—“the first photographer to use the power of the image as a tool for reform” (McDarrah, 381). With rear leaf of publisher’s advertisements. This copy is inscribed to Anita McCormick Blaine, a famous Chicago philanthropist and the young widow of B&O Railroad vice president Emmons Blaine. Anita Blaine’s philanthropic work began with making education more equitable. As a result, Blaine was welcomed onto the Chicago Board of Charities and the United Charities. She also worked together with Jane Addams to create the City Homes Association dedicated to providing housing for the poor. At her death, Blaine was one of the greatest philanthropists of her time, the acknowledged doyenne of the social reformworld. She donated over 10 million dollars to social causes. Riis writes: “Jane Addams and Mrs. Emmons Blaine, leaven that shall yet leaven the whole unsightly lump out yonder by the western lake and let in the light” (page 436). Blaine’s archived correspondence at the University of Wisconsin reveals a request from John Bogue to sell tickets for Riis’ lecture, “How the other half lives,” and an invitation from Maud Warner McCormick to a lecture by Jacob Riis.(Interestingly, Warner McCormick was married to Alexander Agnew McCormick, a Chicago alderman and Daily News editor who was a residential member of the University of Illinois’ Chicago Literary Club and a member of Chicago Historical Society with possible relative Cyrus Hall McCormick, Jr., Blaine’s brother). Interior generally fine, slight rubbing and soiling to original cloth, a bit of coloring along cloth edges, gilt bright. An attractive copy, most desirable inscribed.