[NEW YORK] BAILEY, VERNON HOWE. Empire State: a Pictorial Record of its Construction. New York: William Edward Rudge, 1931....
New York: William Edward Rudge, 1931. First edition, copy 87 of an unstated (though scarce) limited deluxe issue signed by Howe. Blue pebbled leather with inlaid design of the Empire State building in white, housed in the publisher's blue card slipcase. 17 x 12 1/2 inches (43 x 31.5 cm); color frontispiece, 12 ff. text, and 25 plates after Howe's drawings. Light wear to extremities, the case with a few small defects. With a bookplate presenting the book to James Warburg.
Sold with a limited signed copy (somewhat worn) of Alfred E. Smith's autobiography Up to Now (Smith, a four-time Governor of New York, was president of Empire State, Inc., the corporation that built and operated the Empire State Building); and a copy of Ludwig Bemelmans Hotel Splendide, the signed and numbered limited edition "bound in the draperies of a famous New York hotel," a sound copy in slipcase.
C The James P. and Joan M. Warburg Collection
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