Waco, TX: Herz Brothers, 1898-99. First Edition. Two volumes; octavo (20.5cm.); publisher's blue-green cloth, boards decorated in blind, titled in gilt on spines and front covers; 464,463pp.; photographic portrait frontis. bound in first volume. Light external wear, but a clean, tight and unmarked set, Very Good or better. Volume 1 dated 1898 on title page; Volume 2 dated 1899 on title page.
The writings of journalist William Cowper Brann (1855-1898), editor and owner of the Waco, Texas, newspaper "The Iconoclast." The notorious Brann was one of America's first succesful "attack journalists," launching vicious broadsides against everything from harlotry to Baptism to New York society, often conflating the three. He once famously stated: "I have nothing against Baptists -- I just don't think they were held under long enough." The present anthology of his writings was issued shortly after Brann's assassination in 1898, at the hands of a (perhaps unsurprisingly) irate Baptist.