(#168945) Beautiful America January 1925. BEAUTIFUL AMERICA PUBLISHING CORP.

Beautiful America January 1925. New York: Published by Beautiful America Publishing Corp., n.d. [1924?]. 29.7x22.5 cm (large octavo), pp. [1-6] 7 [8] 9-160, mostly illustrations, 1 map (a map of Alaska dated 1923), original pictorial black pebbled cloth, front cover stamped in gold and blind. First edition. Cover title reads "Beautiful America our National Parks." Copyright 1924 and probably distributed later that year. A preliminary issue of a projected magazine that was never published. "This first issue of BEAUTIFUL AMERICA is intended as a tribute to our National Parks ... Our magazine, BEAUTIFUL AMERICA, will be a continuation of this book. It will portray the physical beauties of America and will present a pictorial history of our civic and national projects in the belief that to know America -- the real America -- is to foster a greater loyalty and deeper love of country" - Publisher's introductory note. Includes a one-page introduction, "National Parks of the United States," by Stephen T. Mather, Director, National Park Service. "Aside from the nine pages of prefatory material, the entire book is taken up with full page sepia-tinted photographic illustrations of scenes within" America's National Parks and Monuments (All of which portrayed here, except Arcadia National Park, are located in the Western United States, Hawaii and Alaska.) ... "This is a strange bird. Equating nationalism with national parks, it bears on the first page an image of the flag with 'Americans All' printed below. The next leaf is 'A Pledge of Americanism' which the buyer was supposed to sign that includes such wording as 'I consecrate myself to the maintenance of the dignity and honor of my country and to a strict observance of its laws.'" - Nat DesMarais. In addition to landscapes, there are a number of photographs of early twentieth-century human activity in the parks, some of considerable historical interest. There are sixteen photographs of General Grant and Sequoia National Parks, credited to George Hillers, George R. Davis, J. N. LeConte, G. F. Belden, and Lindley Eddy. The selection of views of Yosemite National Park comprises nine photographs credited to George Hillers and the National Park Service. Upper fore-edge corners of text block and cover bumped, minor wear at edges, a very good, internally fine, copy. OCLC locates 5 copies. (#168945).

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