SIGNED L. P. Gratacap Book Package,
The Mayor of New York
SIGNED Louis Pope Gratacap Book Package
The Mayor of New York, L. P. Gratcap, G. W. Dillingham Co Publishers, New York, 1910. (please see additional photos below)
HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE First edition. 471 pages, plus ads.
CONDITION: Original red cloth cover. Front and spine gold stamped. Science fiction novel. Spine has a few wrinkles near top and mild shelf wear at top and bottom. Fairly bright. Front and back pages are split, but hinge is still quite intact.
Front page is inscribed and signed "Edgar Sandel.. from L. P. Gratacap. Nov. 5 - 1910
An additional date of Dec 1917 appears on the page where Gratacap's obituary was taped. The obituary is present but has come untaped; tape marks are still present.
Contains four inserted illustration plates by artist Joseph Cummings Chase.
Pages and illustration plates are clean with no markings of any kind.
Included in this package is a handwritten Letter of Recommendation for Edgar Sandel by L. P. Gratacap written on American Museum of Natural History letterhead (77th Street and Central Park West, New York City) that is dated December 19, 1910. The letterhead measures 5 1/4" x 8 1/8".
HISTORY OF AUTHOR:
L. P. Gratacap (November 1, 1850-December 1917) was a naturalist and curator in paleontology and mineralogy at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. A large contributor to scientific journals and science fiction writer, he had many publications to his credit, including articles in Popular Science Monthly and The Mineral Collector, and produced the Popular Guide to Minerals. He was one of the co-founders of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences (SIIAS) at the College of Staten Island. His fiction-writing colleagues included L. Frank Baum, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Jack London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Thomas Edison in the early 1900s. He was honored in 1904 by having a seashell named after him--the Conus gratacapi.
HISTORY OF THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Joseph Cummings Chase (1878-1965) was a world famous portrait artist who was educated at Pratt Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and later at the Academie Julien in Paris. His portfolio included portraits of military and political figures such as Teddy Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Albert Einstein. His work appeared in Boys Life magazine and many books, and fifty of his formal works ended up in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery collection. He taught at Cooper Union's art school, where a young Eleanor Roosevelt was his student, and he later served as head of the art department and Dean of Hunter College.
This is a great package for any collector interested in collectible and signed books, natural science, museum history, or portrait art! The book alone, unsigned, in this condition, is valued at $225.00