GREAT MEN AND FAMOUS WOMEN, WITH OVER 200 ABUNDANTLY ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHIES
HORNE, Charles F., editor. Great Men and Famous Women. A Series of Pen and Pencil Sketches of the Lives of More than 200 of the Most Prominent Personages in History. New York: Selmar Hess, (1894). Four volumes. Quarto, publisher's three-quarter brown morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, moire endpapers, all edges gilt. $850.
First edition, with over 200 illustrations, including 68 photogravures.
The work is divided into four broad categories: Soldiers and Sailors, Statesmen and Sages, Workmen and Heroes, and Artists and Authors. The biographies are taken from both historic and contemporary sources, with authors including Louis Agassiz, Harriet Martineau, Henry George, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Carlyle, Hans Christian Andersen, John Greenleaf Whittier, Walter Scott and Giorgio Vasari; artists whose works illustrate these volumes include Rubens, Hogarth, Raphael, Ingres, David, Géréôme and Doré.
Plates and text fine, only very minor rubbing to handsome publisher's morocco.