The Workers in the West [...] March Scribner's

N.p. [NY: Scribner's, 1898]. Advertising poster for the March, 1898 issue of Scribner's Magazine, promoting the first of a series of articles by William Wyckoff, "Workers in the West," in which the author posed under cover as a manual laborer in order to cover the increasingly tense labor situation in the Mountain West, which would culminate in the Colorado Mine Wars of 1903-04. Wyckoff's series was accompanied by illustrations by the western artist William Robinson Leigh, but the current poster is attributed to painter and illustrator Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911) – though to be honest we find scant resemblance with Abbey's work stylistically, and the artist's mark does not match any other Abbey monograms we have been able to locate (for attribution, see catalog of Melbert Cary Collection of Graphic Arts, University of Rochester). In any event, a lovely copy of an uncommon work from the first golden age of American poster art. OCLC locates only the Cary copy at Rochester. Lithograph in colors, 57cm x 35cm (ca 22" x 14"), printed in red and black on cream stock. Lined, with long repaired tear to entire lower left quadrant. Some erosion at corners, a few other brief marginal repairs. Despite repairs, still a presentable and attractive copy, Good or better.

Price: $400.00

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