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Ken. The Insider's World. April 21 1938.

Ken. The Insider’s World. April 21 1938.

WORLD WAR II / HITLER'S GERMANY /SOUTH AMERICA) Hemingway, Ernest. Yardley (map illus); Wesley Neff (cover illus). John Groth (map). April 21, 1938 complete issue of magazine, color and black and white illustrations and ads, 106 pages, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, in color pictorial wrappers as issued. Multiple fine abraded lines and creases to covers, 1/2 inch tear to fore edge of front cover and first few pages; overall very good condition. The second issue of an extraordinary magazine elucidating the challenges of the times in both articles and graphics. Powerful centrefold color pictorial map illustration by John Groth, "South America Under the Axis or the Heil with the Monroe Doctrine." Black and white single page pictorial cartoon map by Yardley titled "A Map of Herr Hitler's Heaven, drawn with undiplomatic but fervent hopes that it won't happen here." Color caricatures of General Kenji Dolhara "the moving spirit of the Japanese Intelligence Service and Japan's real war maker" (by Wesley Neff) and of Mussolini (by Sam Berman). Double page cartoon by Derso and Kleen titled "The Peace Step" mocks European leaders' appeasement of Hitler. There is an extensive section of black and white photo illustrations of events of the times and much detailed coverage of all aspects of the inflammatory situation in Europe, including a short article "Dying, Well or Badly" by Ernest Hemingway. The cover illustration of a wigged British justice by Wesley Neff is titled "What Price English Justice?" Publication of the magazine lasted for just over two years (ceasing in 1939); it was described by the editor, Arnold Gingrich, as "A magazine of unfamiliar fact and informed opinion, filling in the shadows cast by coming events all over the world; equally opposed to the development of dictatorship from either Left or Right, whose one fixed editorial aim is to give unhampered and unbiased demonstration of whatever dangers threaten this our democracy from without and within, in accord with the Lincolnian dictum of 'Let the people know the truth and this country is safe.'"
Ken. The Insider's World. June 30 1938.

Ken. The Insider’s World. June 30 1938.

CHINA / SPAIN / WORLD WAR II) Hemingway, Ernest. Neff, Wesley (cover illus). Corsair (et al) (illus). June 30, 1938 complete issue of magazine, color and black and white illustrations and ads, 86 pages, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, in color pictorial wrappers as issued. Very good, virtually mint, condition. The magazine elucidates the challenges of the pre World War II era in both articles and graphics. There is a dramatic pictorial map of Spain, dramatising the conflict there "Roman Holiday in the Spanish Bull Ring." In the photo-illustration section are two halfpage images of "Wang Ko-min Chinese chief of Japan's puppet regime in North China, feted in Tokyo; [and] Vataru Kachi and his wife, Japanese, blistered their country's warlords." Two page article "Bow to the Sentry" lists the "Important Standards for Press Censorship" given in the exact English version transmitted to newspapers by the Japanese. A halfpage satirical cartoon "Plucking the Vaunted Japanese Falcon" and a photo-illustration accompanies the article. Short article by Ernest Hemingway "Treachery in Aragon." The cover illustration by Wesley Neff is titled "Check-Up on Hat Check Girls." Publication of the magazine lasted for just over two years (ceasing in 1939); it was described by the editor, Arnold Gingrich, as "A magazine of unfamiliar fact and informed opinion, filling in the shadows cast by coming events all over the world; equally opposed to the development of dictatorship from either Left or Right, whose one fixed editorial aim is to give unhampered and unbiased demonstration of whatever dangers threaten this our democracy from without and within, in accord with the Lincolnian dictum of 'Let the people know the truth and this country is safe.'"
Collier's. The National Weekly. November - December 1903

Collier’s. The National Weekly. November – December 1903, January – April 1905.

SHERLOCK HOLMES / MAXFIELD PARRISH / EARLY 20TH CENTURY ILLUSTRATORS) Parrish, Maxfield; Jessie Willcox Smith, Harrison Fisher, Bound volume of NON CONSECUTIVE issues of Collier's magazine 10 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches, marbled paper boards with leather spine and corners; wear to covers with loss to head and tail of spine, front board just starting to come loose; magazines generally in good or better condition with mailing label affixed in upper area of front covers and very soft horizontal mailing crease (in most instances not visible); toning to endpapers and previous owner's name in pencil on front free endpaper. Back covers have NOT been bound in. The magazines are profusely illustrated in black and white with color covers, featuring issues of the magazine from 1903 (November through December) and, in 1905, weekly issues (January through April) not bound in chronological order. The issues for 1903 appear to be of two sorts: either weekly or monthly. The weekly features a date beneath the Collier's name on the front cover, whereas text for the monthly states "The Household Number for" followed by a given month. The issues are overall in very good clean condition, with paper loss to just a single page, taped damage to another (November 21, 1903), some large spots and short tear to the Maxfield Parrish cover (January 7 1905 issue). Other issues in very good clean condition, with a very occasional crinkle or light soiling to a random page. Number of pages per issue varies between 20 and 30. An unusual collection providing a fascinating glimpse into American life and society of the early 20th century, its politics, current events, society and art. Of particular political/social interest is a profile of Theodore Roosevelt by Norman Hapgood (1-7-05) and Roosevelt taking the Oath of Office (3-18-05). There is also extensive coverage of world events detailed in text and photos: Russia's Czar, the Russo-Japanese War, the Beginnings of the Panama Canal, a double-page birds-eye view of Port Arthur by Charles Graham with text focusing on the Russian/Japanese conflict (1-14-05), "Russia in Convulsion" featuring a full page photo of the Czar and his Officers (2-4-05), The Narva Gate, St. Petersburg, where 100s of protesters were shot down (2-25-05), An Uncle Remus story ("Brother Rabbit and Miss Nancy") by Joel Chandler Harris (2-25-05), Conflict between Russia and Japan at Port Arthur ends (3-4-05). Cover art features the work of well-known artists of the era including Maxfield Parrish, Frederic Remington, Charles Dana Gibson, Jessie Willcox Smith, Harrison Fisher, Edward Penfield, F. X. Leyendecker, and others and "An Appreciation" by Owen Wister (3-18-05) of Frederic Remington. Of considerable interest is the presence of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, represented in the magazine by three separate stories with stunning color covers of the detective by F.D. Steele: "The Adventures of the Norwood Builder" (10-31-1903), "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" (12-26-1903), "The Adventure of the Second Stain" (01-28-1905). Extensive advertising captures the remarkable transportation innovations of the period: dirigibles, automobiles, motor cycles. A scarce bound volume featuring uncommon copies of the current-events themed magazine dating from the early 20th century.