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Chauncey L. William Residence (1895 - S.033)
 

  Introduction    Chauncey L. Williams Residence    Books about Way & Williams    Correspondence 
  Books Published by Way & Williams    The End of Way & Williams    Post Way & Williams     Elia W. Peattie  

 
Introduction
 
Chauncey Lawrence Williams (1895 - S.033) was born in Madison, Wisconsin on January 25, 1872. His father Chauncey manufactured farming equipment. His mother passed away shortly after his birth, and his father remarried. When he was six years old, his father passed away. His step mother moved to London, where he lived until her death when he was sixteen years old. He returned to the States, where he completed high school and then in the fall of 1890 entered the University of Wisconsin. His inheritance of a hundred thousand dollars had left him financially independent, and in the fall of 1893 moved to Chicago. Whether he met Frank Lloyd Wright at the University, or through literary connections is Chicago, in 1895 he hired Wright to design a home for him in Oak Park. William's home became Wright's tenth completed commission after leaving Sullivan. A unique "arts & crafts" element found only in the Williams home was a mound of  boulders embedded on either side of the entryway and along the foundation. According to Grant Manson "The boulders were gathered on summer weekends by the Wrights, the Williamses and the Wallers from the bed of the Des Plaines River... to symbolize the Illinois prairie's era of glaciation..." The river was only about a block away. Orlando Giannini, who had painted murals in Wright's home painted his last mural for Wright for the Williams home.
       
Williams partnered with Washington Irving Way in 1895 to form Way & Williams, Publishers, Importers and Booksellers of Fine Books. Their first published project was the "Volunteer Grain", the first work written solely by Francis F. Browne, who became a client of Wright's, the Browne's Bookstore (1907 - S.141). They also published another work translated by Browne in 1895, "Paul & Virginia of a Northern Zone".
       
"While on a trip to England in 1895, W. Irving Way, met with William Morris in April and arranged for the printing of "Hand and Soul", Rossetti, 1895, the only Kelmscott Press book to be issued by an American publisher."
       The Auvergne Press was established in February 1896 by two of Wright's clients, William Herman Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams, to create hand printed, limited edition books. They purchased a large size Washington Press. Winslow was more of the hands-on of the partnership. He may have also been the one that purchased the press, for it was housed in his home, and stayed with Winslow for the second endeavor, "The House Beautiful" which Winslow and Wright published. Williams had the publishing knowledge, as a partner in Way & Williams,
 
Chauncey Lawrence Williams, courtesy John M. Williams and Joe W. Kraus.
 
"Publishers, Importers and Booksellers of Fine Books". Together, Winslow and Williams asked Wright to design the title page, he also designed the printer's device, intertwining three "W"s. Their first endeavor was "The Eve of St. Agnes".
       In December 1986 Williams became the sole owner of Way & Williams. The firm only lasted for three years until 1898. In all they published over 65 different volumes. In 1897 a novice author submitted his manuscript to Williams who in turn commissioned an up-and-coming young illustrator. "Mother Goose in Prose" (1897) was L. Frank Baum's first children's book. It was also the first book ever illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. It was a huge success with adults, but published to late to take advantage of the lucrative Christmas trade. Compounded with other financial decisions, Way & Williams closed it's doors in early 1898. Baum went on to write "The Wizard of Oz" publish in 1900.    May 2011
 
 
 

Chauncey L. William Residence (1895 - S.033)

 
The Chauncey L. William Residence, built in 1895. Photographed by Gilman Lane circa 1940.
 
The Chauncey L. William Residence, built in 1895. Photographed by Grant Manson circa 1940.
 
 
 
BOOKS
 
Date: 1974

Title: W. Irving Way, 1853-1931, An autobiographical fragment. (Privately published for the 1974 joint meeting of the Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs on September 28 and 29 in Los Angeles, from Roby Wentz and Grant Dahlstrom. Limited Edition.)

Author: Way, W. Irving; Introductory Note: Wentz, Roby; Originally transcribed by: Earle, Homer P.

Description: Note: On February 3, 1936, Zamoranan Harold C. Chambers wrote Zamoranan Charles K Adams that, while going through the archives of the then-eight-year-old Zamorano Club, he had found a short autobiographical note by W. Irving Way, and honorary founding member and the Club’s erstwhile Secretary and Curator of the Club library. Chambers suggested to Adams that Way’s notes should be published in Hoja Volante... The typewritten sheets bear a handwritten notation in ink on the first page, "Prepared by Homer P Earle, October 23, 1931" - four days after Way’s dictation was terminated by his death. (Wentz). "Here Mr. Way’s dictation ceased, from extreme weakness, and he was not able to resume. The following notes may be added..." (Earle). Mr. Way had begun writing his autobiography and becoming ill, never finished the project. Reprinted from the February 1968 Hoja Volante. Includes reproduction of opening pages of Rossetti’s Hand & Soul printed by William Morris, Way & Williams, 1895-96 (Kraus 16). (First Edition

Size: 5.8 x 8.75

Pages: Pp i-x, 5

ST#: 1963.06.0511

   
Date: 1976

Title: The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America - April-June 1976 (Published quarterly by the Bibliographical Society of America, New York. 1,700 copies printed.)

Author: Krause, Joe W.

Description: "The Publishing Activities of Way & Williams, Chicago, 1895-98". This article was the precursor for the book "A History of Way & Williams", 1984. "Although Chicago in the 1890s may seem an unlikely origin for two publishers dedicated to the production of fine printing, the city had reached second place among the printing and publishing centers of the country and had a flourishing but self-conscious literary and artistic life. The Dial, started in 1880, was the literary voice of the city..." Includes extensive history and a description of each book published by Way & Williams. Original cover price $3.75.

Size: 6 x 9

Pages: Pp 221-260

S#: 2020.19.0113

   
Date: 1984

Title: A History of Way & Williams, With a Bibliography of Their Publications: 1895-1898 (Published by George S. MacManus Co., Philadelphia. The first edition of this book consists of five hundred copies printed by KNA Press Inc. of Kennet Square, Pennsylvania with the help of Henry Morris.)

Author: Kraus, Joe W.

Description: "The renewed interest in fine printing that swept into England and the United States in the 1890s received its impetus from the Kelmscott Press and other private presses in England, but the idea of combining the best talents of printers, designers and artists was soon taken up by a few venturesome publishers... In February 1896, he (Chauncey Williams) joined with his neighbor, William H. Winslow... and the Auvergne Press was established... Frank Lloyd Wright, who had designed both houses, was soon drawn into the enterprise to design a title page for the first publication, The Eve of St. Agnes by Keats, which was completed on December 19, 1896, in an edition of sixty-five copies." Includes a history, illustration and a detailed bibliography of the sixty-four books, two periodicals and two unlocated books they published between 1895 and 1898. (First Edition)

Size: 7.5 x 9.5

Pages: Pp 111

ST#: 1984.35.0311

   
   
   
CORRESPONDENCE
 
Date: 1897

Title: Way & Williams 1897, Chauncey Williams (1895 - S.033). Signed Chauncy Williams.

Description: Letterhead and envelope for "Way & Williams Publishers, Caxton Building, Chicago. Cable Address: AuvergneChicago." Addressed to: "Mrs. Philip V. O. Van Vechten, Wausau, Wisconsin." "August 25th 97. My dear Mrs. Vau Vechten: Allow me to thank you for sending me the little book which arrived yesterday. The making of it reflects great credit on your ___ Philosopher Press and I hope you like the new type as much as I do. Since giving up my foolhardy ___ acquisition of rarities in books the only kind I now collect and treasure are the little books which ___ ___ personal associations and anything from the Philosopher Press has the most delightful kind of association to me. I really wish I could pull up my stakes and go up into the north where the air is sweet and ___ ___ up there. I am dead tired with no rest in sight. Very sincerely with regards to yourself ___ and ___ . Chauncey Williams. ___ ___ forgive this paper you must!" Philosopher Press (1896 to about 1912). Published books by authors like Elia W. Peattie, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Edward Fitzgerald. Helen Bruneau Van Vechten, her husband Peter Van Orden Van Vechten and William H. Ellis. Includes two sheets and one envelope. Postmarked Aug 25, 1897.

Size: Letterhead: 8.5 x 5.5 (2). Envelope 6.5 x 3.7.

S#: 0022.45.1115

   
   
   
BOOKS PUBLISHED BY WAY & WILLIAMS
 
  Kraus:   1) Volunteer Grain   2) The Emancipated   3) Russian Fairy Tales   4) Queen Helen   5) Nin and Cum    6) Under The Pines   7) The Little Room 
  8) Paul & Virginia   9) Banquet of Plato   10) Little Leaders   11) Old English Fairy Tales   12) Vespertilia   13) Summer Night   14) Song Favours 
  15) Were-Wolf   16) Hand & Soul   17) New Unity   18) Wood of The Brambles   19) Ecce Puella   20) My Sea   21) Death-Wake   22) Happy Wanderer 
  23) Mountain Woman   24) Ode For The Bicentenary   24a) Purcell Ode and Other Poems   25) Lamp of Gold   26) Colour of Life   27) Sonnet in England  
 28) From Cairo   29) An Odd Situation   30) We All Labor   31) Three Irish Bardic Tales   32) Epistolary Flirt   33) Green Arras   34) Lucky Number  
 35) Real Issue   36#1) Aucassin & Nicolete   36#2) Aucassin & Nicolete   37) Acrobatic Muse   38) Hours With Famous Parisians   39) Bolanyo  
 40) Dreams of To-day   41) Miracles of Madame   42) Constantine   43) Knight's Tale   44) Story of Ab   45) Paul Travers' Adventures   46) Show Window  
 47) Teacup Club   48) Like A Gallant Lady   49) Pippins and Cheese   50) Miriam Cromwell Royalist   51) Man and a Woman   52) Night In Acadia  
 53) Choir Visible   54) Muses Up To Date   55) Enchanted Burro   56) Down Our Way   57) Book of True Lovers   58) Mother Goose in Prose  
 59) Afloat on the Ohio   60) Catharine Cole's Book   61) Books of William Morris   62) Pearce Amerson's Will   63) Under the Stars   64) Cuba  
 65) Poems   66) Book of Verses    Unlocated
 

Note: Many of these books are so rare (Volunteer Grain and Queen Helen, 160 copies each), that actual copies are difficult to acquire and scan. From digital copies and sources we have been able to locate, and utilizing the description given by Kraus, we have attempted to recreate accurate facsimiles.

 
"Volunteer Grain" by Francis F. Browne, 1895 (Kraus 1)
   
Date: 1895

Title: Volunteer Grain (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. One hundred and sixty copies printed from type, of which one hundred and fifty were for sale. Printed by John Wilson and Son on Laid paper with "Van Gelder Zonen and a "crowned fleur-de-lis symbol" watermark. Top edge gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Francis Fisher Browne

Description:
       A field of wavering grain
Wild grown on some unplanned, unplanted space,
       Owning no fostering grace
Of husbandry save the free air and rain..
.
        (First stanza, "Volunteer Grain")
"Volunteer Grain"
includes a compilation of 22 additional poems written by Francis F. Browne. In an advertisement for this book, Browne wrote,
       "If it be true, as people say,
       Where there's a Will there is a Way.
       With equal truth it follows still 
       That where a Way is there's a Will; 
       How fitly, then, the two combine 
       In Way and Williams' classic sign!" 

One hundred and sixty copies were printed, of which one hundred and fifty were for sale. Printed on hand-made paper.(Critic 1895, p94). According to The Publishers' Weekly, April 25, 1896, p716, the list price was net $2.25. Chauncey L. Williams (1895 - S.033), a client of Wright's, partnered with Washington Irving Way in 1895 to form Way & Williams, Publishers, Importers and Booksellers of Fine Books. In December 1986 Williams became the sole owner. The firm only lasted for three years until 1898. In all they published over 65 different volumes. Their first published project was the "Volunteer Grain", the first work written solely by Francis F. Browne. Williams also collaborated with Wright and another of Wright's clients William H. Winslow (1894 - S.024) in publishing "The Eve of St. Agnes". One copy signed on the front endpaper by Canadian poet Charles G. D. Roberts (1860 - 1943), dated December 25, 1895. Two copies. (First Edition)

Size: 5.4 x 7.9.

Pages: Pp 70

0018.16.0411, 0018.29.1013

   
   
"The Emancipation" by George Gissing, 1895 (Kraus 2)
   
Date: 1895

Title: The Emancipated (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago. Printed by Woodfall & Kinder, London, on wove paper, end pages on laid. Top trimmed, others uncut. )

Author: Gissing, George. Author of "The Odd Women," "New Grubb Street." Etc.

Description: Original list price $1.50.

Size: 4.9 x 7.4

Pages: Pp 456

   
   
"Russian Fairy Tales From the Skazki of Polevoi" by R. Nisbet Bain, 1895 (Kraus 3)
   
Date: 1895

Title: Russian Fairy Tales,. From the Skazki of Polevoi (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by Richard Clay & Sons, Limited, London & Bungay. Trimmed top and side, top is gilt.)

Author: Bain, R. Nisbit

Description: A compilation of twenty-four fairy tales. Preface: The existence of the Russian "Skazki" or "Marchen" was first made generally known to the British Public some twenty years ago by Mr. W. B. S. Ralston in his "Russian Folk Tales." That excellent and most engrossing volume was, primarily, a treatise on Slavonic Folk-Lore, illustrated with admirable skill and judgment, by stories, mainly selected from the vast collection of Afanasiev, who did for the Russian what Asbjornsen has done for the Norwegian folk-tale. A year after the appearance of Mr. Ralston's book, the eminent Russian historian and archaeologist, Peter Nikolaevich Polevoi (well known, too, as an able and ardent Shaksperian scholar), selected from the inexhaustible stores of Afanasiev some three dozen of the "Skazki" most suitable for children, and worked them up into a fairy tale book which was published at St. Petersburg in 1874, under the title of "Narodnuiya Russkiya Skazki" (Popular Russian Marchen)... Six etched illustrations by C. M. Gere, printed single sided and bound into the volume.. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition) 

Size: 5.5 x 9

Pages: Pp 264

S#: 0018.38.0115

   
   
"Queen Helen and Other Poems" by John Vance Cheney, 1895 (Kraus 4)
   
Date: 1895

Title: Queen Helen and Other Poems (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed at the De Vinne Press, with two reduced engravings from the composition of John Flaxman illustrating The Iliad of Homer. Printed on French hand-made paper, top edge gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Cheney, John Vance

Description: A compilation of fourteen poems. Queen Helen being the longest. Homeric Experiments include seven. "Note. These experiments are based on the English verse and prose of several translators; to whom, especially to Messrs. Lang, Leaf, and Meyers, is here offered most humble apology." Also includes Anacreon (2), Homer, The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Halcyone. Cover lettering and design stamped in gold on the cover. One hundred and sixty copies printed, one hundred and fifty of them for sale. Original list price $3.00. Two copies. (First Edition)

Size: 4.9 x 7.

Pages: Pp 78

S#: 0018.18.0411, 0018.20.0511

   
   
"Nim and Cum and The Wonder-Head Stories" by Catharine Brooks Yale, 1895 (Kraus 5)
   
Date: 1895

Title: Nin and Cum and The Wonder-Head Stories (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. at the Lakeside Press, Chicago: 1895, on laid paper with "Way and Williams" watermark.)

Author: Yale, Catharine Brooks

Description: A collection of stories which include "Nim and Cum" and six stories told to "Wonder-Head" by "Aunt Frity". "Decoration (cover and inside illustrations) by Bruce Rogers. Original list price $1.25. Digital edition. (Note: Rogers may have designed Way & Williams monogram.)

Size: 4.5 x 6.7

Pages: Pp 126

 

   
   
"Under the Pines and Other Verses" by Lydia Avery Coonley, 1895 (Kraus 6)
   
Date: 1895

Title: Under The Pines and Other Verses (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed for Way and Williams by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, from Plates made by The Dial Press: 1895. Printed on a very fine light beige laid paper with "Way and Williams" watermark. Top edge gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Lydia Avery Coonley

Description: A compilation of poems. "...Mrs. Coonley writes because she is moved to write. Her thought and her expression are transparently sincere. Her attitude toward life is one of unstinted helpfulness; her constant endeavor is to see the best in her fellows and to realize the best in herself. These characteristics pervade the poems collected in this volume. If the book invited destructive criticism, its spirit would disarm the critic, so simple, healthful, and helpful is it. In an unpretentious style, however. Mrs. Coonley says many felicitous things. Her imagination is stirred by all the appeals which human experience makes, and is moved by the beautiful aspects of the world about her. Both in sympathetic expression and in sympathetic description she is at her best. Her little volume is full of kindness, helpfulness, and beauty." The Outlook, April 11, 1896. Lydia Avery Coonley was president of the Chicago Woman's Club in 1895-96. (Note: Lydia Avery Coonley was the mother of Wright's client Avery Coonley, (1907 - S.135). Inscribed by the author: "Mr. & Mrs. Dickinson. From Lydia Avery Coonley." Original list price $1.25. 4.5 x 7

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 104

S#: 0018.41.1117

   
   
"The Little Room and Other Stories" by Madelene Yale Wynne, 1895 (Kraus 7)
   
Date: 1895

Title: The Little Room and Other Stories (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed for Way and Williams by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, from Plates made by The Dial Press: 1895. Printed on laid paper with "Way and Williams" watermark. Top edge trimmed and gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Wynne, Madelene Yale

Description: "The symbolism of these tales is so heavily veiled that some readers will see in them nothing but provoking mysteries: this is very likely to be the case with the title story. Yet the style is simple and pleasant, and the book furnishes an agreeable diversion, even to those readers who do not care to bother themselves with the meaning of the tales." Book Review: W. H. Carruth, The Agora, 1995-6. Six short stories including the title story which was previously printed in the August, 1895 Harper's Magazine. "Decoration (cover and illustrations) by the Author. Original list price $1.25. Two copies. (First Edition)

Size: 4.5 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 145

S#: 0018.39.0415,  0018.42.0518

   
   
"Paul & Virginia of a Northern Zone" Re-written by Francis F. Browne, 1895 (Kraus 8)
   
Date: 1895 (September)

Title: Paul & Virginia of a Northern Zone (Poul og Virginie under nordlig Bredde) From the Danish of Holger Drachmann. (Translated by Francis F. Browne.) (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed for Way and Williams by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, from Plates made by The Dial Press: 1895. Printed on a very fine light beige laid paper with "Way and Williams" watermark.) (Republished in 1901 as "Nanna, Story of Danish Love".)

Author: Drachmann, Holger; Re-written in English by Browne, Francis F.

Description: "Introductory Note. Some years ago my excellent Danish friend, the lamented Thorkild A. Schoovelin, spoke to me in admiration of the works of his countryman Holger Drachmann, and suggested the project of making an English translation... and at his request I aided in the not easy task of giving to this charming Northern Idyll an adequate English setting. In revising the work for publication in book form, I am conscious of the shortcomings which, had my friend lived, he might have done much to aid in remedying. Yet I trust enough of the beauty and distinctiveness of the original has been transferred to these pages, not only to afford a rare pleasure to the English reader, but to justify in his view the naming of the little tale after the French classic which, in spite of an unlikeness in style and treatment answering to that of the races from which the works are sprung, it still in a way suggests. Francis F. Browne. Chicago, September 1895." Cover design by Mr. Bruce Rogers. Top of the pages are gilt, others are uncut. Original list price $1.25. Also 55 copies on hand-made paper, $2.50 net. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 208

S#: 0018.17.0311

   
   
"The Banquet of Plato" by Percy B. Shelley, 1895 (Kraus 9)
 
Date: 1895

Title: The Banquet of Plato (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Decorations by Mr. Bruce Rogers. Printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co. at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, on laid paper with "Way and Williams" watermark. Top of the pages are gilt, others are uncut.)

Author: Translated by Shelley, Percy Bysshe

Description: Translated from the Greek of Plato. This fable was extracted from the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, originally written in Latin. A reprint of Shelley's little-known translation of "The Banquet of Plato," prefaced by the poet's fragmentary note on "The Symposium." Shelley: "I am employed just now, having little better to do, in translating into my faint and inefficient periods, the divine eloquence of Plato’s Symposium; only as an exercise, or, perhaps, to give Mary (most likely his wife) some idea of the manners and feelings of the Athenians - so different on many subjects from that of any other community that ever existed." From a letter written by Shelley to Mr. And Mrs. Gisborne, dated "Bagni di Lucca, July 10th, 1818. Shelly, August 4, 1792 - July 8, 1822. Shelley met Keats (The Eve of St. Agnes) through Leigh Hunt. Keats past away February 23, 1821. Shelley pours out his grief in "Adonais" (0001.46) June 1821. June 8, 1822 Shelley drowns in a boating accident (0052.02). Original list price $1.50. (Note: Rogers may have designed Way & Williams monogram.) (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 126

S#: 0018.35.0514

   
   
"Little Leaders" by William Morton Payne, 1895 (Kraus 10)
   
Date: 1895

Title: Little Leaders (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed for Way and Williams by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, from Plates made by The Dial Press: 1895. Bound in dark red buckram with gilt lettering. Printed on laid paper with "Way and Williams" watermark. Top edge is trimmed and gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Payne, Williams Morton

Description: "To my old friend and fellow-worker, Francis Fisher Browne, who has done more than any other man to promote the interests of literature in Chicago. Preface. The contents of this little book consist of a series of papers reprinted from 'The Dial,' in which periodical, scattered through the past three years, they first did duty as editorial articles. The title now given to the collection is thus accounted for, as well as the use of the plural pronoun, which it seemed best to retain... Chicago, November 1, 1895." A collection of thirty articles previously published in "The Dial". Original list price $1.50. Digital edition.

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 278

S#: 0018.33.0114

   
   
"Old English Fairy Tales" Collected by S. Baring Gould, 1895 (Kraus 11)
   

Date: 1895

Title: Old English Fairy Tales (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Methuen & Co., London. Printed by Morrison and Gibb, Edinburgh on wove paper.)

Author: Collected by: Gould, S. Baring. Author of "Mehalah" "The Tragedy of the Caesars" "Old Country Life" Etc.

Description: "Preface. It has been to me a matter of surprise that no collection has been made and adapted to the reading of children of the old delightful English folk tales and traditionary stories that exist, scattered up and down in all manner of places." A collection of  nineteen old English Fairy Tales. Nineteen illustrations by F. D. Bedford. Original list price $1.50. Digital edition of 1895 Methuen edition.

Size: 5.1 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 400

   
   
"Vespertilia and Other Verses" by Rosamund Marriott Watson, 1895 (Kraus 12)
   
Date: 1895

Title: Vespertilia and Other Verses (Hard Cover) (Published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by T. and A. Constable, Printers to Her Majesty, at the Edinburgh University Press, on a laid paper, uncut edges.)

Author: Watson, Rosamund Marriott (who wrote under the pseudonym Graham R. Tomson), Author of 'A Summer Night’ and ‘The Bird- Bride'.

Description: Title page and cover designed by R. Anning Bell. Of this edition, 650 copies were printed for England and America. A compilation of 45 poems.
Vespertilia:
  In the late autumn's dusky-golden prime,
  When sickles gleam and rusts the idle plough,
  The time of apples dropping from the bough,
  And yellow leaves on sycamore and lime ;
  O'er grassy uplands far above the sea
  Often at twilight would my footsteps fare,
  And oft I met a stranger-woman there
  Who stayed and spake with me :
  Hard by the ancient barrow smooth and green.
  Whose rounded burg swells dark upon the sky
  Lording it high o'er dusky dell and dene.
  We wandered — she and I...

Of note: a second version of "Neiges D’Antan" was slipped into the book. Includes a 16 page catalog of John Lane at the end. Original list price 4s 6d, $1.50.
(First Edition)

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 111

S#: 0018.34.0514

   
   
"A Summer Night and Other Poems" by Rosamund Marriott Watson, 1895 (Kraus 13)
   
Date: 1895

Title: A Summer Night and other Poems (Published by John Lane, The Bodley Head. Way and Williams, Chicago.)

Author: Watson, Rosamund Marriott (Graham R. Tomson). Author of Vespertilia and The Bird Bride.

Description: Original list price $1.25.

Size:  4.25 x 6.8

Pages: Pp 83

   
   
"Song Favours" by C. W. Dalmon, 1895 (Kraus 14)
   

Date: 1895

Title: Song Favours (Published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London. Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. Folkard and Son, 22, Devonshire Street, Queen Square, Bloomsbury, W.C. Of this Edition, 450 copies have been printed for England and America,)

Author: Dalmon, C. W.

Description: A collection of twenty-eight songs and nine Drinking songs. Included at the end are an additional sixteen pages of a Catalogue of Publications for John Lane. Original list price $1.25. Digital edition.

Size: 5.1 x 6.3

Pages: Pp 77

   
   
"The Dial" August 16, 1895
   
Date: August 16, 1895, Front Page (Volume 19, No. 220, Page 81)

Title: The Dial (Edited by Francis F. Browne. Published by The Dial Co.)

Description: Ad for Way & Williams. Autumn Announcements, 1895. Messrs. Way & Williams, Publishers, Chicago, Beg to Announce the following List of their Autumn Publications.
1) Volunteer Grain (Kraus 1). Limited edition; 160 copies printed of which 150 will be for sale.
2) Queen Helen, and Other Poems (Kraus 4). Limited edition; 160 copies printed of which 150 will be for sale.
3) Paul and Virginia of a Northern Zone. A Romance (Kraus 8). Translated from the Danish of Holger Drachmann.
4) The Miracles of Madame St. Katherine of Fierbois (Kraus 41). This is a register of the miracles as they occurred (1300-1500) and, really, a set of vignettes of life during the Hundred Years' War. It is hardly known, if at all, and very humorous. Translated with introduction, by Mr. Andrew Lang.
5) The Death Wake: or, Lunacy. A Necromaunt in Three Chimeras (Kraus 21). By Thomas T. Stoddard. With Introduction by Mr. Andrew Lang.
6) Little Leaders (Kraus 10). By Mr. William Morton Payne. A selection from editorial articles written for "The Dial" by Mr. W. M. Payne, associated editor.
7) Shelley's Translation of "The Banquet of Plato." (Kraus 9) A dainty reprint of Shelley's little-known translation of "The Banquet of Plato," prefaced by the poet's fragmentary note on "The Symposium."
8) Hand and Soul (Kraus 16). By Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Printed by Mr. William Morris, at the Kelmscott Press, in "Golden" type, with specially designed title-page and border, and in special binding.
9) Vespertilia, and Other Verses (Kraus 12). By Rosamund Marriott Watson, author of "A Summer Night" and "The Bird-Bride."
10) The Emancipated (Kraus 2). A novel. By George Gissing.
11) Russian Fairy Tales (Kraus 3). Translated by R. Nisbet Bain. Illustrated by C. M. Gere.
12) The Old English Tales (Kraus 11). By S. Baring Gould. Illustrated by F. D. Bedford.
13) Theodore L. De Vinne. A portrait of the celebrated printer, etched by Mr. Thomas Johnson.

Way & Williams, Publishers, Monadnock Block . . . . Chicago.

   
   
"Theodore L. De Vinne, Portrait etched by Mr. Thomas Johnson, 1895
   
Date: 1895

Title: Theodore L. De Vinne (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago)

Artist: Etched by Mr. Thomas Johnson.

Description: A portrait of the celebrated printer, etched by Mr. Thomas Johnson. A portrait of the founder of the DeVinne Press. Etched by Mr. Thomas Johnson after a photograph by Mr. George C. Cox. Two editions were printed by Messrs. Kimmel & Voigt, one of 200 on etching paper, signed by the artist, at $5.00 per copy, the other of 50 copies on Japanese vellum, signed by Mr. DeVinne and by the artist, and framed in oak or rosewood, at $25.00 per copy.
      
In 1928 this etching was republished by the DeVinne-Hallembeck Co., New York. "Theo. L. De Vinne. In honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of this great American printer, this etching by T. Johnson has been reproduced in daguerreotone by his business successor, The DeVinne-Hallembeck Co., New York."

 

This 1928 image courtesy of the New York Public Library.

   
   
"The Dial" November 1, 1895
   
Date: November 1, 1895, (Volume 19, No. 225, Page 268)

Title: The Dial (Edited by Francis F. Browne. Published by The Dial Co.)

Description: Ad for Way & Williams. The Publications of Way & Williams.

1) Volunteer Grain (Kraus 1). Poems by Francis F. Browne, editor of "The Dial." Printed by John Wilson & Son on Van Geldeer paper. Edition limited to 160 copies, of which 150 are for sale. 8vo, gilt top, $2.25 net. [Very few remain.]
2) Queen Helen, and Other Poems (Kraus 4). By John Vance Cheney. Printed at the DeVinne Press on French hand-made paper; with vignette and headpiece reproduced from compositions made by John Flaxman for the Iliad of Homer. Editions limited to 160 copies, of which 150 are for sale. 16mo, buckram, gilt top, $3.00 net. [Very few remain.]
3) The Emancipated (Kraus 2). A novel. By George Gissing. 8vo, cloth, $1.50.
4) Paul and Virginia of a Northern Zone (Kraus 8). A Romance. Translated from the Danish of Holger Drachmann, with introductory note by Francis F. Browne. Daintily printed and bound, with cover design by Mr. Bruce Rogers. Gilt top, uncut, $1.25. Also 55 copies on hand-made paper, $2.50 net.
5) Russian Fairy Tales (Kraus 3). Translated by R. Nisbet Bain. Illustrated by C. M. Gere. 8vo, ornamental cloth, gilt top, $1.50.
6) The Old English Tales (Kraus 11). By S. Baring Gould. Illustrated by F. D. Bedford. Octavo, cloth, $2.25.
7) Little Leaders (Kraus 10). By Mr. William Morton Payne. A selection from editorial articles written for "The Dial" by Mr. W. M. Payne, associated editor. 16mo, cloth, gilt top, uncut, $1.50.
8) The Happy Wanderer (Kraus 22). Poems by Percy Hemingway. With title designed by Charles I. Foulkes. Printed at the Chiswick Press on handmade paper. Square 16mo, cloth, $1.50 net.
9) The Death Wake: or, Lunacy (Kraus 21). A Necromaunt in Three Chimeras. By Thomas T. Stoddard. With Introduction by Mr. Andrew Lang. 16mo, cardinal buckram, $1.50 net.
10) Vespertilia, and Other Verses (Kraus 12). By Rosamund Marriott Watson (Graham R. Tomson), author of "A Summer Night" and "The Bird-Bride." Title-page designed by R. Anning Bell. Foolscap octavo, dark peacock buckram, $1.50 net.
11) A Summer Night, and Other Poems (Kraus 13). By Rosamund Marriott Watson (Graham R. Tomson). Blue buckram, $1.25 net.
12) My Sea, and Other Posthumous Poems (Kraus 20). By the Hon. Roden Noel. With an introduction by Stanley Addleshaw. Tastefully printed and bound. $1.25 net.
13) Song Favours, and Other Poems (Kraus 14). By C. W. Dalmon. With a specially designed title-page. 16mo, pale green buckram, $1.25 net.
14) Under the Pines, and Other Verses (Kraus 6). By Lydia Avery Coonley. Printed from new type on deckle-edge paper. 16mo, cloth, $1.25. Edition limited.
15) The Miracles of Madame St. Katherine of Fierbois (Kraus 41). Translated with introduction, by Mr. Andrew Lang. This is a register of the miracles as they occurred (1300-1500) and, really, a series of vignettes of life daring the Hundred Years' War. It is hardly known, if at all, and is very humorous. The edition will be a small one, in two states, printed on paper specially manufactured, with appropriate decorations and illustrations, details as to which, and as to price, will be announced later.
16) Shelley's Translation of The Banquet of Plato (Kraus 9). A dainty reprint of Shelley's little-known translation of "The Banquet of Plato," prefaced by the poet's fragmentary note on "The Symposium." Title-page and decorations by Mr. Bruce Rogers. 16mo, $1.50. Seventy-five copies on handmade paper, $3.00 net.
17) Theodore L. De Vinne. A portrait of the celebrated printer, etched by Mr. Thomas Johnson. A portrait of the founder of the DeVinne Press. Etched by Mr. Thomas Johnson after a photograph by Mr. George C. Cox. Two editions will be printed by Messrs. Kimmel & Voigt, one of 200 on etching paper, signed by the artist, at $5.00 per copy, the other of 50 copies on Japanese vellum, signed by Mr. DeVinne and by the artist, and framed in oak or rosewood, at $25.00 per copy.
18) Hand and Soul (Kraus 16). By Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Printed by Mr. William Morris, at the Kelmscott Press, in "Golden" type, with specially designed title-page and border, and in special binding. "Hand and Soul" first appeared in "The Germ," the short-lived magazine of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. A few copies also on vellum.
19) Nim and Cum, and The Wonder-Head Stories (Kraus 5). By Catharine Brooks Yale. Cover and decorations by Mr. Bruce Rogers. 16mo, linen, gilt top, uncut, $1.25.
20) The Little Room, and Other Stories (Kraus 7). By Madelene Yale Wynne. With cover design, frontispiece, and decorations by the author. 16mo, linen, gilt top, uncut, $1.25. "The Little Room" is reprinted from "Harper's Magazine" for August, 1895 ; the other stories are new.

Way & Williams, Publishers, Monadnock Block, Chicago.
   
   
"The Dial" December 16, 1895
   
Date: December 16, 1895, (Volume 19, No. 228, Page 368)

Title: The Dial (Edited by Francis F. Browne. Published by The Dial Co.)

Description: Ad for Way & Williams. The Publications of Way & Williams.
1) Paul and Virginia of a Northern Zone (Kraus 8). A Romance. Translated from the Danish of Holger Drachmann, with introductory not by Francis F. Browne. Daintily printed and bound, with cover design by Mr. Bruce Rogers. Gilt top, uncut, $1.25. Also 55 copies on hand-made paper, $2.50 net.
2) Nim and Cum, and The Wonder-Head Stories (Kraus 5). By Catharine Brooks Yale. Cover and decorations by Mr. Bruce Rogers. 16mo, linen, gilt top, uncut, $1.25.
3) The Little Room, and Other Stories (Kraus 7). By Madelene Yale Wynne. With cover design, frontispiece, and decorations by the author. 16mo, linen, gilt top, uncut, $1.25.
4) Russian Fairy Tales (Kraus 3). Translated by R. Nisbet Bain. Illustrated by C. M. Gere. 8vo, ornamental cloth, gilt top, $1.50.
5) The Old English Tales (Kraus 11). By S. Baring Gould. With illustrations by F. D. Bedford. This is a collection of old English folk -tales and traditionary stories. Beautifully and bountifully illustrated. Octavo, cloth, $2.00.
6) Little Leaders (Kraus 10). By Mr. William Morton Payne. A selection from editorial articles written for "The Dial" by Mr. W. M. Payne, associated editor. 16mo, cloth, gilt top, uncut, $1.50.
7) The Death Wake: or, Lunacy (Kraus 21). A Necromaunt in Three Chimeras. By Thomas T. Stoddard. With Introduction by Mr. Andrew Lang. 16mo, cardinal buckram, $1.50 net.
8) Under the Pines, and Other Verses (Kraus 6). By Lydia Avery Coonley. Printed from new type on deckle-edge paper. 16mo, cloth, $1.25. Edition limited.
9) Shelley's Translation of The Banquet of Plato (Kraus 9). A dainty reprint of Shelley's little-known translation of "The Banquet of Plato," prefaced by the poet's fragmentary note on "The Symposium." Title-page and decorations by Mr. Bruce Rogers. 16mo, $1.50. Seventy-five copies on handmade paper, $3.00 net.
10) Hand and Soul (Kraus 16). Reprinted from The Germ by Mr. William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, in the "Golden" type, with a specially designed title-page and border, and in special binding. 16mo. 525 paper copies printed, and 21 on vellum. 300 paper copies for America of which 200 are for sale at $3.25. Vellum copies all sold.
11) The Were-Wolf (Kraus 15). By Clemence Housman. With title-page, cover design, and illustrations by Laurence Housman. Square 16mo, $1.25. [Ready Feb. 1, 1896.]

The above books are for sale by all Booksellers, or will be sent, postpaid, on receipt of price, by the Publishers,
Way & Williams, Publishers, Monadnock Block, Chicago.

   
   
"The Were-Wolf" by Clemence Housman, 1896 (Kraus 15)
   

Cover of American Version

 

Cover of English Version

Date: 1896

Title: The Were-Wolf. (Hard Cover) (Published by John Lane, At The Bodley Head, London, Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by W. H. White and Co., Edinburgh Riverside Press, on a laid paper, edges trimmed.)

Author: Clemence Housman, with six Illustrations by Laurence Housman (sister).

Description: "The great farm hall was ablaze with the fire-light, and noisy with laughter and talk and many-sounding work. None could be idle but the very young and the very old: little Rol, who was hugging a puppy, and old Trella, whose palsied hand fumbled over her knitting. The early evening had closed in, and the farm-servants, come from their outdoor work, had assembled in the ample hall, which gave space for a score or more of workers..." Title-page, cover design, and illustrations by Laurence Housman. Original list price $1.25. (First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 7.25

Pages: Pp 123

S#: 0022.53.1117

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Cover of English Version

   
   
   
   
   
"Hand & Soul" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1895-6 (Kraus 16)
   
Date: 1895-6

Title: Hand & Soul (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by William Morris, at the Kelmscott Press, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, England. American and English editions finished the 24th Day of October, 1895. American edition received by Way & Williams in January, 1896.)

Author: Rossettt, Dante Gabriel

Description: "Hand and Soul" first appeared in "The Germ," the short-lived magazine of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This is the only volume printed for an American Company and co-published by William Morris and the Kelmscott Press. Reprinted from the Germ for Messrs. Way and Williams. 300 copies on hand-made paper and eleven copies on vellum printed for America. 225 copies on hand-made paper and ten copies on vellum printed for England. Original list price for American edition on hand-made paper $3.25. Digital copy of cover.

Size: 4 x 5.6

Pages: Pp 56

   
   
"The New Unity" by Way & Williams, 1896-1897 (Kraus 17)
   
Date: March 5, 1896 - February 25, 1897

Title: The New Unity

Description: "The New Unity formerly Unity, published by Bloch & Newman, begins its eighteenth year under the protection of Way & Williams, of Chicago." As announced in the March 21, 1896 issue of The Publishers' Weekly.

"The New Unity, the organ of the American Congress of Liberal Societies, will hereby be published by Way & Williams, Chicago. The managing editor is Jenkin Lloyd Jones." Announcement published April 2, 1896 in the Public Opinion, A Weekly Journal".

"New Unity: sixteen pages, 10x13; subscriptions $2; established 1878; Jenkin Lloyd Jones, editor; Way & Williams, publishers; circulations rating has varied from 8,077 in 1891 to G (exceeding 4,000) in 1895. In 1896, G." An documented in the December 1897 issue of the American Newspaper Directory.

 

Left: The New Unity. Chicago, March 12, 1896. Old Series, Vol. 34. New Series, Vol. 3. Way & Williams, Publishers. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society Library. Digital copy of cover. Facsimile by Douglas M. Steiner.

   
   
"The Wood of The Brambles" by Frank Mathew, 1896 (Kraus 18)
   
(Unable to locate cover.) Date: 1896

Title: The Wood of The Brambles (Published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London. Way and Williams, Chicago. Printed by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh, on laid paper.)

Author: Mathew, Frank

Description: "Prologue. To Lady Davern. When you told me Sir Dominick's history, as I stared at his likeness, I thought of this bokk, and wanted to dedicate it to you. The light of the rurf was lingering on you and the picture: and the snow was drifting unsteadily down beside the darkening windows. Here is the book, finished at last; but will you look at it now? I have made Sir Dominick tell he story, because it is his, and so much of it was found in his journals..." Title page illustrated by Patten Wilson. Digital edition.

Size:  5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 262

 

   
   
"Ecce Puella and Other Prose Imaginings" by William Sharp, 1896 (Kraus 19)
   
Date: 1896

Title: Ecce Puella and other Prose Imaginings (Published by Elkin Mathews, London, Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. ffolkard & Son, 22, Devonshire Street, Bloomsbury, London, W.C. Printed on laid Abbey Mills Greenfield paper, with "Crown (symbol) Abbey Mills, Greenfield" watermark. Top edge trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Sharp, William

Description: "Note. ‘Ecce Puella’ comprises all that the author cares to disengage from Fair Woman, an illustrated monograph which he undertook at the instance of the late Philip Gilbert Hamerton, for the Portfolio Series. It has, of course, been reworked into this, its essential form. ‘Love in a Mist’ originally was published, with illustrations, in Good Words. ‘Fragments from the Lost Journals of Piero di Cosimo’ appears some years ago, in two consecutive numbers of The Scottish Art Review." Original list price $1.25. (First Edition)

Size: 5.4 x 7.9

Pages: Pp 124

S#: 0022.12.0411
   
   
"My Sea & Other Poems" by the Hon. Roden Noel, 1896 (Kraus 20)
   
Date: 1896

Title: My Sea & Other Poems (Published by Elkin Mathews, London, Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed on laid paper.)

Author: Noel, Roden; with an introduction by Stanley Addleshaw

Description: "An Introductory Note. In these poems selected from he posthumous works of the Hon. Roden Noel will be found many of those characteristics which from the first have rendered his writings notable in the vast poetical literature of the present reign. Certain aspects, indeed, of the poet's genius won fro him a place somewhat apart from his contemporaries... Stanley Addleshaw. Oxford, 1895." A collection of fifteen poems. Original list price $1.25. Digital edition.

Size:  4.8 x 7.4

Pages: Pp 76

 

   
   
"The Death-Wake or Lunacy. A Necromaunt In Three Chimeras" by Andrew Lang, 1895 (Kraus 21)
   
Date: 1895

Title: The Death-Wake or Lunacy. A Necromaunt in three Chimeras. (Published by John Lane, London, Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. At the Ballantyne Press, London & Edinburgh. Prinhted on laid paper, top edges trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Stoddart, Thomas. With an Introduction by Lang, Andrew

Description: "Introduction. The extreme rarity of The Death-Wake is a reason for its republication, which may or may not be approved of by collectors. Of the original edition the Author says that more than seventy copies were sold in the first week of publication, but thereafter the publisher failed in business. Mr. Stoddart recovered the sheets of his poem, and his cook gradually, and perhaps not injudiciously, expended them for domestic purposes..." Included at the end are an additional sixteen pages of a Catalogue of Publications for John Lane. "Of this Edition 500 Copies have been printed for England and America." Original list price $1.50. (First Edition)

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 124

S#: 0018.19.0411
   
   
"The Happy Wanderer & Other Verse" by Percy Hemingway, 1896 (Kraus 22)
   

Date: 1896

Title: The Happy Wanderer & Other Verse (Published by Elkin Mathews, London. Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed on hand-made paper by Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Co. Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.)

Author: Hemingway, Percy. By the same Author. Out of Egypt. Stories From the Threshold of the East.

Description: Of this Edition 500 copies have been printed for England and America. A collection of over 65 poems. More than a dozen of the following' poems have appeared in the "Academy'' and two have been printed in the "Pall Mall Gazette". Title designed by Charles I. Foulkes. Original list price $1.50. Digital edition.

Size: 4.7 x 6.2

Pages: Pp 75

   
   
"A Mountain Woman" by Elia W. Peattie, 1896 (Kraus 23)
   
Date: 1896

Title: A Mountain Woman (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, U. S. A., on Laid paper. Top edge gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Peattie, Elia W.

Description: A collection of short Western stories. "Foreword. Most of the tales in this little book have been printed before. ‘A Mountain Woman’ appeared in Harpers’ Weekly, as did ‘The Three Johns’ and ‘A Resuscitation.’ ‘Jim Lacy’s Waterloo’ was printed in he Cosmopolitan, ‘A Michigan Man’ in Lippincott’s and ‘Up the Gulch’ in Two Tales... E. W. P." Lettering and design n the cover stamped in silver. Back cover has the same design as the front minus lettering. Cover design by Bruce Rogers. Original list price $1.25. Two copies. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 251

S#: 0022.08.0411, 0022.38.0214

Inset Left: Second Edition
   
   
"Ode for the Bicentenary Commemoration of Henry Purcell" by Robert Bridges, 1896 (Kraus 24)
   
Note: This is the English first edition. Way & Williams version is second edition, only change includes "Way & Williams" on title page.
Date: 1896

Title: Ode For The Bicentenary Commemoration of Henry Purcell, With Other Poems and a Preface on the Musical Setting of Poetry. (Published by Elkin Mathews, Vigo Street, London. Printed by R. Folkard & Son. Printed on laid Abbey Mills Greenfield paper, with "Crown (symbol) Abbey Mills, Greenfield" watermark. Top edge trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Bridges, Robert

Description: Ode to Music. "Preface. The words of the Ode as here given differ slightly from those which appeared with Dr. Parry’s Cantata, sung at the Leeds Festival and at the Purcell Commemoration in London last year. Since the poem was never perfected as a musical ode, – and I was not in every particular responsible for it, – I have tried to make it more presentable to readers, and in so doing have disregarded somewhat its original intention..." Includes an "Analysis of Ode", the "Ode to Music, Written for the Bicentenary Commemoration of Henry Purcell" and four additional poems by Robert Bridges. Original list price One Schilling net. (First Edition)

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 43

S#: 0022.19.0411

   
   
"Purcell Ode And Other Poems" by Robert Bridges, 1896 (Kraus 24a)
   

Date: 1896

Title: Purcell Ode and Other Poems (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, U.S.A. on laid paper with a fleur-de-lis design within an escutcheon topped by a horned crown, and a Van Gelder Zonen watermark. Top edge trimmed and gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Bridges, Robert

Description: The content of this version is consistent with the above (Kraus 24). Layout and plates differ. "Preface. The words of the Ode as here given differ slightly from those which appeared with Dr. Parry’s Cantata, sung at the Leeds Festival and at the Purcell Commemoration in London last year. Since the poem was never perfected as a musical ode, – and I was not in every particular responsible for it, – I have tried to make it more presentable to readers, and in so doing have disregarded somewhat its original intention..." Includes an "Analysis of Ode", the "Ode to Music, Written for the Bicentenary Commemoration of Henry Purcell" and four additional poems by Robert Bridges. Two hundred copies printed on Van Gelder Zonen handmade paper for sale in America. Original list price $1.25 according to ad in The Dial, September 16, 1896. (First Edition)

Note: Second copy, spine has been repaired. Stock covering spine is the same paper but different color. Boards have also been coated with a varnish. End pages have been replaced.

Size:  4.6 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 54

S#:  0022.39.0414, 0022.46.1215

   
   
"The Lamp of Gold" by Florence L. Snow, 1896 (Kraus 25 & 25a)
   

Date: 1896

Title: The Lamp of Gold (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by the De Vinne Press.)

Author: Florence L. Snow

Description: Five hundred numbered copies printed on French Marais hand-made paper (K.25). One hundred printed on Japan paper, numbered and signed (K.25a).  Title-page designed by Edmund H. Garrett. Printed on laid paper, pages are uncut. Original list price $1.25. Digital edition.

Size: 4.8 x 6.7

Pages: Pp 121

Inset Left: Kraus 25a. One hundred printed on Japan paper, numbered and signed (K.25a).  Original list price $2.25.
   
   
"The Colour of Life and Other Essays on Things Seen and Heard" by Alice Meynell (Kraus 26)
   
Date: 1896

Title: The Colour of Life and Other Essays on Things seen and Heard (Hard Cover) (Published by John Lane: Vigo St., London. Way and Williams, Chicago. Printed by W. H. White and Co. LTD. Edinburgh Riverside Press. Printed 0n laid paper, top trimmed, others uncut.)

Author: Meynell, Alice

Description: "The Colour of Life. Red has been praised for its nobility as the color of life. But the true colour of life is not red. Red is the colour of violence, or of life broken open, edited, and published. Or if red is indeed the colour of life, it is so only on condition that it is not seen..." A compilation of fourteen short stories. First edition includes four pages of reviews for the authors first two books. It also includes a 16 page catalogue of books published by John Lane. The second edition deletes the John Lane catalogue. The third edition deletes the catalogue as well as the earlier review of the authors first two volumes. Original list price $1.25. (First, Second and third Edition)

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 103

S#: 0022.16.0411, 0022.32.0213, 0022.35.0713

   
   
"The Sonnet in England & Other Essays" by J. Ashcroft Noble, 1896 (Kraus 27)
   
Date: 1896

Title: The Sonnet in England and other Essays  (Hard Cover) (Published by John Lane, London. Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by J. Miller and Son, Edinburgh, on laid paper, top edge gilt, others uncut. Elkin Mathews monogram printed on back cover. First edition published in by Mathews and Lane in 1893. This second edition published by Land and Williams & Way.)

Author: Noble, J. Ashcroft

Description: "The greater part of the contents of this volume has previously been printed. The first essay appeared in the Contemporary Review, the second in Fraser’s Magazine, the third in the London Quarterly Review, the fourth in Macmillan’s Magazine, and the papers on Robert Stephen Hawkers and Mr. Robert Buchanan are expansions of articles contributed to a work which, my own share in it being very unimportant, I may praise without indelicacy, - that delightful anthology The Poets and the Poetry of the Century, edited so admirably by Mr. Alfred H. Miles..." Noble, November 26th, 1892. Original list price $1.50. (Second Edition, First W&W.)

Size: 4.8 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 211

S#: 0022.07.0411

   
   
"From Cairo To The Soudan Frontier" by H. D. Traill (Kraus 28)
 
Date: 1896

Title: From Cairo To The Soudan Frontier (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago, John Lane at the Bodley Head, London. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. At the Ballantyne Press. London & Edinburgh.)

Author: H. D. Traill

Description: Printed on laid paper, pages are uncut. "This book first appeared serially in the columns of 'The Daily Telegraph,' to the Proprietors of which journals thanks are due for permission to reprint." "Preface: The sketches here published pretend to know other character than that of a record of impressions derived from a couple of brief tours in Egypt during the winter of 1893–4 and 1895–6. But it is hoped that their interest, such as it is – and some interest can hardly fail to attach to any truthful description of one of the most interesting countries in the world – may have been to some extent enhanced by the events of with the Nile Valley has subsequently become the scene…" Cover and title page designed by Patten Wilson. Original list price $1.50.

Size: 5.1 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 256

S#: 0022.52.1117

   
   
"An Odd Situation" by Stanley Waterloo, 1896 (Kraus 29)
   
Date: 1896

Title: An Odd Situation (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago.)

Author: Waterloo, Stanley. Author of A Man and a Woman.

Description:

Size:  4.9 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 240

   
   
"We All Labor, Why Can't We Do It?" Arranged by James W. Steele, 1896 (Kraus 30)
   
(Unable to locate cover.) Date: 1896

Title: We All Labor, Why Can't We Do It? (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago.)

Author: Arranged by: Steele, James W.

Description:

Size:  5.5 x 8.3

Pages: Pp 30

   
   
"Three Irish Bardic Tales" by John Todhunter, 1896 (Kraus 31)
   

Date: 1896

Title: Three Irish Bardic Tales. Being Metrical Versions of The Three Tales known as The Three Sorrows of Story-Telling (Published by J. M. Dent and Co., London. Way & Williams, Chicago. Note: This title page is from the English edition. American edition includes Way & Williams text.)

Author: John Todhunter

Description: Preface: Two of the following poems are reprinted from a former volume, the third - 'The Fate of the Sons of Usna' - now appears for the first time. They are founded upon the three Bardic Tales traditionally known in Ireland as the 'Three Sorrows of Story-Telling.' Printed by Turnbull and Spears, Edinburgh, on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut. Original list price $1.50. Digital edition.

Size: 4.6 x 6.7

Pages: Pp 160

   
   
"The Epistolary Flirt in Four Exposures" by Esmerie Amory (Kraus 32)
   
Date: 1896

Title: The Epistolary Flirt In Four Exposures (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed at the Lakeside Press by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co. 1896, on laid Abbey Mills Greenfield paper, with "Crown (symbol) Abbey Mills, Greenfield" watermark. Top edges cut and tinted yellow, others uncut. According to Kraus, there are a number of different versions. A&B: Red cloth, lettering and border in gold or black; C: White cloth, dark blue lettering and border on front and back cover.)

Author: Amory, Esmerie

Description: A story in dramatic form, satirizing a certain sort of philandering men and women that abound in "literary circles." The story is narrated in dialogue form and is told in "four exposures" (four scenes), with three characters. Ernestine, a woman who writes verses; Irwin, a man who writes verse; and Philip, a man who writes poetry. "Scene I. Place: The library of a city house. Present: Ernestine and Philip. Time: Evening. Philip. – How did it begin? Ernestine. – How does anything begin, Philip? First the blade, then the ear. And the blade was such an innocent little green thing. Who could have dreamed that the full corn would be as heavy as this? [She lifts a large package of letters, and lets it drop to the floor.]..." Also bound at the end is a ten page catalog for "The Publications of Way and Williams" which includes a list of thirty-five volumes, with a brief description and price. Original list price $1.00. (First Edition)

Size: 4.4 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 100

S#: 0022.15.0411

 
   
Date: 1896

Title: The Epistolary Flirt In Four Exposures (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed at the Lakeside Press by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co. 1896, on laid Abbey Mills Greenfield paper, with "Crown (symbol) Abbey Mills, Greenfield" watermark. Top edges cut and gilt, others uncut. Note: Version two, white cloth, drawing of a small angel illustrated in dark blue ink on a light blue background. Illustrated by Frank Hazenplug.)

Author: Amory, Esmerie

Description: Only difference between this and red cover version is cover. The story is narrated in dialogue form and is told in "four exposures" (four scenes), with three characters. Ernestine, a woman who writes verses; Irwin, a man who writes verse; and Philip, a man who writes poetry. "Scene I. Place: The library of a city house. Present: Ernestine and Philip. Time: Evening. Philip. – How did it begin? Ernestine. – How does anything begin, Philip? First the blade, then the ear. And the blade was such an innocent little green thing. Who could have dreamed that the full corn would be as heavy as this? [She lifts a large package of letters, and lets it drop to the floor.]..." Also bound at the end is a ten page catalog for "The Publications of Way and Williams" which includes a list of thirty-five volumes, with a brief description and price. Original list price $1.00. (First Edition)

Size: 4.4 x 6.9.

Pages: Pp 100

S#:
0022.51.1017
   
   
"Green Arras" by Laurence Housman, 1896 (Kraus 33)
 
Date: 1896

Title: Green Arras (Published by John Lane at the Bodley Head, London. Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. Folkard & Son, 22, Devonshire St., Queen Sq., London.)

Author: Laurence Housman

Description: Compilation of over forty poems. Cover, Title-page, and Illustrations by the author. Each poem begins with a decorative initial capital letter. In addition to the title page, and initial caps, there are five additional illustrations Gilt lettering and design on cover. Printed on laid paper, pages are uncut. Original list price $1.50. (First Edition)

Size: 5.25 x 7.8

Pages: Pp 90

S#: 0022.28.0212

   
   
"The Lucky Number" by I. K. Friedman, 1896 (Kraus 34)
   
Date: 1896

Title: The Lucky Number (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed at the Lakeside Press by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co., on laid paper with a "Semper Paratus", a symbol of a "Dragon with wings holding a pole with two flags", "Cumberland" watermark. Top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: I. K. Friedman

Description: "Devereux is a Frenchman his name has told you that at a glance; he is a Frenchman out of France, a fish out of water, and the water is cleaner for the absence of the fish. Anxious as France is for an increased population she offered every inducement in the world to Devereux, and those of his compatriots who frequent his saloon, to stay in America. They had left their country to our country's detriment, true patriots they. L Auberge, so Devereux named his place, and The Lucky Number (a saloon one block removed from L Auberge in distance..." Original list price $1.25.(First Edition)

Size: 4.75 x 7

Pages: Pp 217

S#: 0022.43.0715

   
   
"The Real Issue" by William Allen White, 1896 (Kraus 35)
   
Date: 1896

Title: The Real Issue (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed at the Lakeside Press by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co., on laid paper with a "Semper Paratus", a symbol of a "Dragon with wings holding a pole with two flags", "Cumberland" watermark. Top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: White, William Allen

Description: "It was near the close of a long session – a session which had lasted a winter and a spring and a summer, and threatened to push itself into the first days of autumn, when Wharton, the western member, who had been in the house five terms, concluded to pack his valise and go home..." White was the editor of the Emporia Gazette in Kansas. "...believing that Kansas has never been properly recognized in literature, (he) wrote a group of stories..." Republished by Way and Williams in 1897 under the title "The Real Issue, A Book of Kansas Stories". Original list price $1.25. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 212

S#: 0022.09.0411

   
   
"The Real Issue, A Book of Kansas Stories" by William Allen White, 1897 (Kraus 35A)
   
Date: 1897

Title: The Real Issue, A Book of Kansas Stories (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed at the Lakeside Press by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co., on laid paper, some pages with "Way & Williams" watermark, and some with a "Semper Paratus", a symbol of a "Dragon with wings holding a pole with two flags", "Cumberland" watermark. Note: Second watermark is the same as the first edition. Possibly used sheets left over from first edition. Top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: White, William Allen

Description: "It was near the close of a long session – a session which had lasted a winter and a spring and a summer, and threatened to push itself into the first days of autumn, when Wharton, the western member, who had been in the house five terms, concluded to pack his valise and go home..." White was the editor of the Emporia Gazette in Kansas. "...believing that Kansas has never been properly recognized in literature, (he) wrote a group of stories..." First published by Way and Williams in 1896 under the title "The Real Issue". Added to copyright notice on page 4 "First Edition, November 25, 1896, Second Edition, January 6, 1897. New cover design by Frank Hazenplug printed on the front and back. Note "H" bottom left hand corner of cover. Original list price $1.25. (Second Edition, two copies)

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 212

S#: 0022.17.0411, 0022.24.0511

   
   
"The Real Issue, A Book of Kansas Stories" by William Allen White, 1897 (Kraus 35D)
   
Date: 1897

Title: The Real Issue, A Book of Kansas Stories (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed at the Lakeside Press by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co., 1897, on laid paper, no watermarks this edition. Top edges cut, others uncut.)

Author: White, William Allen

Description: (Fifth Edition) First published by Way and Williams in 1896 under the title "The Real Issue". Added to copyright notice on page 4 "First Edition, November 25, 1896, Second Edition, January 6, 1897, Third Edition February 20, 1897, Fourth Edition April 26, 1897, Fifth Edition July 15, 1897. Cover design by Frank Hazenplug, design on the front cover only this time. Note "H" bottom left hand corner of cover. Original list price $1.25. (Fifth Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 212

S#: 0022.21.0511

   
   
Title: Ad for "The Real Issue"

Description: Inside front cover of the House Beautiful, February 15, 1897, the inside back cover, March 15, 1897 and the inside back cover, April 15, 1897.

 

   
   
"Aucassin & Nicolete" by Done in English by Andrew Lang, 1896 (Kraus 36 #1)
   

Date: 1896

Title: Aucassin & Nicolete (Soft Cover Binding 1)  (Published by David Nutt, London. Way and Williams, Chicago. Translated June, 1887. Originally published in November, 1887. This is Way & Williams' First Edition. Printed in October by Chiswick Press, London, on laid paper.)

Author: Done Into English by: Lang, Andrew

Description: "Introduction. There is nothing in artistic poetry quite akin to 'Aucassin and Nicolete.' By a rare piece of good fortune the one manuscript of the Song-Story has escaped those waves of time, which have wrecked the bark of Menander, and left of Sappho but a few floating fragments. The form of the tale is peculiar; we have nothing else from the twelfth or thirteenth century in the alternate prose and verse of the cante-fable... It cannot be certainly known whether the form of 'Aucassin and Nicolete' was a familiar from -- used by many jogleors, or wandering minstrels and story-tellers such as Nicolete, in the tale, feigned herself to be, -- or whether this is a solitary experiment by 'the old captive' its author, a contemporary, as M. Gaston Paris thinks him, of Louis VII. (1130).." (Second Edition, First U.S. and W&W Edition)

Size: 4.3 x 6.8

Pages: Pp 51

S#: 0022.25.0611

   
   
"Aucassin & Nicolete" by Done in English by Andrew Lang, 1896 (Kraus 36 #2)
   
Date: 1896

Title: Aucassin & Nicolete (Hard Cover) (Published by David Nutt, London. Way and Williams, Chicago. Translated June, 1887. Originally published in November, 1887, in an edition of 550 small and 60 large paper copies. This version is identical to the soft cover version. Only difference is the addition of the hard cover over the soft cover version. Printed by the Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London, on laid Abbey Mills Greenfield paper, with "Crown (symbol) Abbey Mills, Greenfield" watermark. Edges uncut.)

Author: Done in English by Lang, Andrew

Description: Dedicated to The Hon. James Russell Lowell. "Introduction. There is nothing in artistic poetry quite akin to 'Aucassin and Nicolete.' By a rare piece of good fortune the one manuscript of the Song-Story has escaped those waves of time, which have wrecked the bark of Menander, and left of Sappho but a few floating fragments. The form of the tale is peculiar; we have nothing else from the twelfth or thirteenth century in the alternate prose and verse of the cante-fable... It cannot be certainly known whether the form of 'Aucassin and Nicolete' was a familiar from -- used by many jogleors, or wandering minstrels and story-tellers such as Nicolete, in the tale, feigned herself to be, -- or whether this is a solitary experiment by 'the old captive' its author, a contemporary, as M. Gaston Paris thinks him, of Louis VII. (1130)..." Original list price $0.75 boards (hard cover), $0.45 wrappers (soft cover). (Second Edition, First U.S. and W&W Edition)

Size: 4.5 x 7

Pages: Pp 51

S#: 0022.40.0514

   
   
"The Dial" September 16, 1896
   

Of note are the three volumes that were advertised, but not produced: 16) "Godefroi and Yolande" was also advertised by John Lane in their catalog in the back of "Song Favours", jointly published with Way & Williams. Note in catalog: [In preparation]. It was published by John Lane in 1898 and advertised for sale by John Lane in the Dec 3, 1898 issue of Publishers' Weekly;  17) The Twilight of the Gods was published by T. Fisher Unwin, London in 1898;  18) The Ethical Basis of American Patriotism.

Date: The Dial. September 16, 1896, Front Page (Volume XXI, No. 246, Page 133)

Title: The Dial (Edited by Francis F. Browne. Published by The Dial Co.)

Description: Ad for Way & Williams. Way & Williams' New and Forthcoming Books
1) A Mountain Woman (Kraus 23). By Elia W. Peattie. With cover design by Mr. Bruce Rogers. 16mo, cloth, gilt top, $1.25. (Second Edition nearly ready.) "We wish to call most particular attention to a collection of short Western stories by Mrs. Peattie, entitled 'A Mountain Woman.' The book contains several of the best tales of Western life ever written. The Nebraska stories throw so true a light upon recent conditions in the sub-arid belt that they explain, better than any political speeches or argument could do, the reasons why men in that part of the country are advocating free silver." Review of Reviews.
2) The Color of Life (Kraus 26). By Alice Meynell. 16mo, cloth, $1.25. (Second Edition nearly ready.)
3) The Lamp of Gold (Kraus 25). By Florence L. Snow. Printed at the DeVinne Press, on French hand-made paper. With title page and cover designs by Mr. Edmund H. Garrett. 16mo, cloth, gilt top, $1.25.
4) From Cairo to the Soudan Frontier (Kraus 28). By H. D. Traill. 8vo, cloth, $1.50.
5) An Odd Situation (Kraus 29). By Stanley Waterloo. With Introduction by Sir Walter Besant. 8vo, cloth, gilt top, $1.25.
6) Purcell Ode, and Other Poems (Kraus 24). By Robert Bridges. 16mo, daintily bound, $1.25 net. Two hundred copies printed on Van Gelder handmade paper for sale in America.
7) Three Irish Bardic Tales (Kraus 31). By John Todhunter. Being Metrical Versions of the Three Tales known as The Three Sorrows of Story-Telling. Cloth, 160 pages, $1.50 net.
8) The Acrobatic Muse (Kraus 37). By R. K. Munkittrick. Humorous Poems. 16mo, cloth, $1.25. (Ready about November 1.)
9) The Epistolary Flirt (Kraus 32). By Esmerie Amory. A story in dramatic form, satirizing a certain sort of philandering men and women that abound in "literary circles." 16mo, cloth, gilt top, $1.00. (Ready Oct 15.)
10) The Wood of the Brambles (Kraus 18). By Frank Mathew. 8vo, cloth, $1.50. " The charming Irish tales of Mr. Frank Mathew have with good reason attracted considerable attention. One enthusiastic critic has indeed announced that 'Ireland has found her Kipling.' . . . Mr. Mathew is at his best in his character sketches. What an astonishing gallery of Irish priests, beggars, rebels, peasants, rectors in fact, of all sorts and conditions of men and women we have here presented. ... A work which should place the author in the position of the Irish novelist of the day." Whitehall Review.
11) The Lucky Number (Kraus 34). By I. K. Friedman. Cloth, 16mo, $1.25. (Ready about November 15.)
12) The Real Issue (Kraus 35). By W. A. White. 16mo, cloth, gilt top, $1.25. (Ready about November 15.)
13) Hours With Famous Parisians (Kraus 38). By Stuart Henry. Cloth, 16mo, gilt top, $1.25. (In preparation.)
14) Constantine (Kraus 42). A Tale of Greece under King Otho. By George Horton. 16mo, cloth. (In preparation.)
15) Green Arras (Kraus 33). By Laurence Housman. Poems. With Title-page, Cover, and Illustrations by the author. 8vo. (In preparation.)
16) Godefroi and Yolande (Not Published). By Laurence Irving. A Mediaeval Play in one Act. (In preparation.)
17) The Twilight of the Gods (Not Published). By Richard Garnett. 16mo, cloth. (About January 1.)
18) The Ethical Basis of American Patriotism (Not Published). And other Addresses. By George R. Peck. (In preparation.)

Way & Williams, Publishers, Monadnock Block, Chicago.

   
   
"The Acrobatic Muse" by Richard Kendall Munkittrick, 1897 (Kraus 37)
 
Date: 1897

Title: The Acrobatic Muse (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago.)

Author: Richard Kendall Munkittrick

Description: Humorous Poems. Printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company at the Lakeside Press, on a laid paper with "Way and Williams" watermark. Top of the pages are gilt, others are uncut. Original list price $1.25. Digital edition.

Size: 4.5 x 6.7

Pages: Pp 168

 

   
   
"Hours With Famous Parisians" by Stuart Henry, 1897 (Kraus 38)
   
Date: 1897

Title: Hours With Famous Parisians (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed at the Lakeside Press by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co. 1897, on laid paper with a "Way & Williams" watermark. Top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Henry, Stuart

Description: "Note. Several of these sketches have appeared in London and New York periodicals." A compilation of short biographical sketches of twenty-two writers, actors, painters and composers. Stuart Henry, Author of "Paris Days and Evenings". Cover design printed on back cover also. Original list price $1.25. Two copies. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 227

S#: 0022.10.0411, 0022.47.1215

   
   
"Bolanyo, A Novel" by Opie Read, 1897 (Kraus 39)
   
Date: 1897

Title: Bolanyo, A Novel (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by Blakely Printing Company, Chicago, for Way & Williams, May 1897, on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Read, Opie. Author of A Kentucky Colonel, The Jucklins, etc.

Description: "On the night of the 26th of April our company closed an engagement at the St. Charles Theater in New Orleans; and before the clocks began to strike the hour of twelve, our bags and baggage had been tumbled on board a steamboat headed for St. Louis. The prospects of the National Dramatic Company had been bright; competent critics had pronounced our new play a work of true and sympathetic art, before production, but had slashed at our tender vitals when the piece had passed from rehearsal to presentation. The bad beginning in the East had not truthfully foretold a good ending in the South..." The cover designed by Mr. Maxfield Parrish. (Note: Later that year, 1897, Way & Williams published the first book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish, "Mother Goose in Prose".) Decorations by Mr. Charles Francis Browne (not related to Francis Fisher Browne.) Original list price $1.25. Three copies. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 309

S#: 0022.18.0411, 0022.33.0313, 0022.37.0114

   
   
"Bolanyo" (Broadside and Poster) 1897

(Broadside describing Poster)

Courtesy of "The Chautauquan", September 1899

(Poster)

 
Date: 1897

Title: Bolanyo (Broadside and Poster)

Description: Broadside: Poster by Maxfield Parrish for Opie Read's New Novel, Bolanyo. Bolanyo, Opie Read's New Novel, Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. For sale by all booksellers. This engraving is a reproduction of Mr. Maxfield Parrish's three-sheet poster in seven colors (size 33 x 74 inches), for Mr. Opie Read's last novel, "Bolanyo", published by Way & Williams, Chicago. A limited number of these posters may be had of the publishers upon the receipt of the price, $1.50, or 2.50 mounted upon linen and varnished, postage prepaid. Way & Williams, Caxton Building, Chicago.

Description: Poster: One color sample poster published in "The Chautauquan", September 1899, page 565. Digital copy of both.

Size: 8.8 x 11.2 (One Color Broadside: Left), 33 x 74 inches (Poster: Right)

Pages: Pp 1 each, Poster: Three sheets

 

   
"Bolanyo" (Ad in The Chap-Book) 1897
Date: May 1, 1897

Title: Way & Williams Ad for Bolanyo in The Chap-Book

Description: Will be ready shortly. Early orders solicited.

BOLANYO
A Novel by Opie Read
16mo, cloth, $1.25
Cover (In four colors) Designed by Maxfield Parrish. Frontpiece and Decorations by Charles Francis Browne

Bolanyo is the story of an old town on the Mississippi River. The central figure is a state senator, with whims amusingly native to the soil, a kindly, humorous man, with a high opinion of himself, and with a shrewd political politeness. In Bolanyo Mr. Read has caught the essence, the spirit of the old town, its moods and its softness of atmosphere. The London Saturday Review says that Mr. Read is "always an artist, discovering beauty everywhere," and in no place has the artistic faculty found such scope and exercise as in Bolanyo. James Payn, the English novelist (Illustrated London News), savs that Mr. Read has created an American companion for Colonel Newcome, and the author declares that in Bolanyo he has done his best character-portrayal.

Published by Way & Williams, 1135 Caxton Bldg., Chicago
New
York Office: E. R. Herrick & Co., 70 Fifth Avenue

Size: Full Page

Pages: 458

 

   
   
"Dreams of To-day" by Percival Pollard, 1897 (Kraus 40)
 
Date: 1897

Title: Dreams of To-day (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company at the Lakeside Press, on a laid paper with "Way and Williams" watermark. Top of the pages are gilt, others are uncut.)

Author: Pollard, Percival

Description: "Opinions differ: some call it Life; others say it is all a dream. At any rate, there is so much of the one in the other, that a writer may be excused if he use the term ‘Dreams’ for some of the pictures he fashions from the color of life... Percival Pollard, New York, April, 1897." A collection of fifteen short stories, several reprinted from Truth, Vogue, Wave and Chap-Book. Cover designed by Mr. Frank A. Nankivell. Frontispiece (Photogravure) designed by Mr. Orson Lowell. Two versions, this is Kraus Version 1. Original Hard Cover list price $1.25 (Version 1), Paper Cover $0.75 (Version 2). (First Edition)

Size: 4.4 x 6.8

Pages: Pp 264

S#: 0022.20.0511

   
   
"The Miracles of Madame Saint Katherine of Fiebois" by Jean Jacques Bourasse, 1897 (Kraus 41)
   
Date: 1897

Title: The Miracles of Madame Saint Katherine of Fierbois. Translated from the edition of the abbe J.J. Bourasse, Tours, 1858: by Andrew Lang. (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by The De Vinne Press, New York, U.S.A. Printed on Laid paper with "Van Gelder Zonen and a "crowned fleur-de-lis symbol" watermark. Top edge trimmed, others uncut.) "This edition of ‘Miracles of Madame Saint Katherine of Fierbois’ consists of fifty copies on Japan paper and three hundred on hand-maid paper numbered from 1 to 350, for American, and of fifty copies on Japan paper and three hundred on hand-made paper, numbered from 1 to 350, for England." (This is the American edition.)

Author: Bourasse, Jean Jacques; Translated by Lang, Andrew

Description: No. 193/350. American Edition. "The title-page, the head- and tail- pieces, and the initials in this book are the work of Selwyn Image. Preface. Invited by my friend Mr. Way to translate a little book as a companion to my version of "Aucassin and Nicolete," I could find nothing more curious than the Abbe Bourassse's edition of the Fierbois Chapel chronicle, "Les Miracles de Madame Sainte Katherine" (Manuscript in the Bibliotheque Nationale). One or two very dull narratives I have ventured to omit, and have added an essay on Fierbois and the Maid's connection with the shrine." Original list price (U.S. edition) $3.50, (English edition) 3s 6d. (First Edition) Kraus 41.

Size: 5 x 7.6

Pages: Pp 152

S#: 0022.22.0411

   
   
"The Miracles of Madame Saint Katherine of Fiebois" by Jean Jacques Bourasse, 1897 (Kraus 41a)
   
Date: 1897

Title: The Miracles of Madame Saint Katherine of Fierbois. Translated from the edition of the abbe J.J. Bourasse, Tours, 1858: by Andrew Lang. (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago, David Nutt, London. Printed by The De Vinne Press, New York, U.S.A. Printed on Laid paper with "Van Gelder Zonen and a "crowned fleur-de-lis symbol" watermark. Top edge trimmed, others uncut.) "This edition of ‘Miracles of Madame Saint Katherine of Fierbois’ consists of fifty copies on Japan paper and three hundred on hand-maid paper numbered from 1 to 350, for American, and of fifty copies on Japan paper and three hundred on hand-made paper, numbered from 1 to 350, for England." (This is the English edition.)

Author: Bourasse, Jean Jacques; Translated by Lang, Andrew

Description: No. 284/350. English Edition. This is a register of the miracles as they occurred (1300-1500), a set of vignettes of life during the Hundred Years' War. "The title-page, the head- and tail- pieces, and the initials in this book are the work of Selwyn Image. Preface. Invited by my friend Mr. Way to translate a little book as a companion to my version of "Aucassin and Nicolete," I could find nothing more curious than the Abbe Bourassse's edition of the Fierbois Chapel chronicle, "Les Miracles de Madame Sainte Katherine" (Manuscript in the Bibliotheque Nationale). One or two very dull narratives I have ventured to omit, and have added an essay on Fierbois and the Maid's connection with the shrine." Original list price (U.S. edition) $3.50, (English edition) 3s 6d. (First Edition) Kraus 41a.

Size: 5 x 7.6

Pages: Pp 152

S#: 0022.11.0411

Inset: Example of fifty numbered copies issued on Japanese paper, bound in a red cover, of both Kraus 41 and 41a.
   
   
"Constantine" by George Horton, 1897 (Kraus 42)
   
Date: 1897

Title: Constantine. A Tale of Greece under King Otho (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago.)

Author: George Horton. Author of "Song of the Lowly"; "In Unknown Seas"; "Aphrodessa

Description: A Tale of Greece under King Otho. Constantine, was a German who became the first King of Greece after the liberated from the Ottomans. Printed by R. R. Donnelley &  Sons Co. at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, for Way and Williams, 1897. Printed on cream, laid Abbey Mills Greenfield paper, with "Crown (symbol) Abbey Mills, Greenfield" watermark. Top edges gilt, others uncut. Original Hard Cover list price $1.25. Digital edition.

Size: 5 x 7.5.

Pages: Pp 152

 

   
   
"The Knight's Tale" by F. Emily Phillips, 1897 (Kraus 43)
   
Date: 1897

Title: The Knight's Tale (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago.)

Author: Phillips, F. Emily. Author of The Education of Antonia.

Description:

Size:  5.1 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 298

   
   
"The Story of Ab" by Stanley Waterloo, 1897 (Kraus 44)
   
Date: 1897 (First Edition)

Title: The Story of Ab. A Tale Of The Time of The Cave Man (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago.) (Two Copies)

Author: Stanley Waterloo. Author of A Man and A Woman, An Odd Situation, Etc.

Description: "This is the story of Ab, a man of the Age of Stone, who lived so long ago that we can not closely fix the date, and who loved and fought well." "A Tale of the Time of the Cave Men. While the discoveries of science form the foundation of this work, the author has avoided the language of scientific exposition. Ab is a real man, and his people are real people, whose fortunes the reader follows with sympathy as keen as if they were of our own day, instead of children of the Caverns of the Earth, who lived and died ages before history begins." The cover was designed by Mr. Will Bradley and appears on the front and back covers. The Frontispiece is an illustrated map describing the area where the story takes place, printed on a glossy stock. Printed during August 1897, by the Blakely Printing Company, Chicago, for Way and Williams. Printed on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut. Original Hard Cover list price $1.50. (First Edition)

Size: 5 x 7.7

Pages: Pp 351

S#: 0022.27.1211, 0022.49.0416

   
Date: 1899 (Fifth Edition)

Title: The Story of Ab. A Tale Of The Time of The Cave Man (Hard Cover) (Published by Herbert S. Stone & Company, Chicago & New York.)

Author: Stanley Waterloo. Author of A Man and A Woman, An Odd Situation, Etc.

Description: "This is the story of Ab, a man of the Age of Stone, who lived so long ago that we can not closely fix the date, and who loved and fought well." "A Tale of the Time of the Cave Men. While the discoveries of science form the foundation of this work, the author has avoided the language of scientific exposition. Ab is a real man, and his people are real people, whose fortunes the reader follows with sympathy as keen as if they were of our own day, instead of children of the Caverns of the Earth, who lived and died ages before history begins." The cover was designed by Mr. Will Bradley but does not appear on the back cover of this edition published by Herbert S. Stone. The spine remains the same, including the text "Chicago Way & Williams". The Frontispiece is an illustration by Simon Harmon Vedder. The original frontispiece, an illustrated map describing the area where the story takes place, is now facing page 1. Printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company at The Lakeside Press, Chicago. Printed on laid paper, top edges trimmed, others uncut. Hard Cover. 5 x 7.7. (Fifth Edition)

Size: 5 x 7.7

Pages: Pp 351

S#: 0032.07.0811

   
   
"Paul Travers' Adventures" by Sam T. Clover, 1897 (Kraus 45)
   
Date: 1897

Title: Paul Travers' Adventures. Being a Faithful Narrative of a Boy's Journey Around the World; Showing His Mishaps, Privations and Ofttimes Trilling Experiences and how He Won His Reporter's Star. (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago.)

Author: Sam T Clover

Description: "This is a faithful narrative of a boy's journey around the world, showing his mishaps, privations, and ofttimes thrilling experiences, and how he won his reporter's star. The book contains twelve full-page illustrations by Bert Cassidy." Printed during August 1897, by the Blakely Printing company, Chicago, for Way and Williams. Printed on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut. Original Hard Cover list price $1.25. Digital edition.

Size: 4.7 x 7.5.

Pages: Pp 368

 
 
"The Show Window", 1897-1898 (Kraus 46)
   
Date: November 1897 - June 1898

Title: The Show Window: A monthly Journal of Practical Window Trimmings (Published by Chauncey L. Williams, Chicago.)

Author: Edited by L. Frank Baum

Description: After the success of "Mother Goose in Prose" Baum approached Williams about financing "The Show Window". In November, 1897, with the first issue, Baum became the editor, Williams the publisher. By the October 15, 1900 issue, Baum resigns as editor to pursue writing books. C. L. Williams is listed as Advertising Manager. When it was announced in the September 17, 1898 issue of The Publishers' Weekly that Herbert S. Stone & Co. had purchased the entire publishing business of Way & Williams, "Way and Williams will confine their efforts to the publication of The Show Window, a trade journal devoted to shop-window decorations, which has proved very successful."

Volume VII, No. 4, Courtesy of The library of Congress. This is the October 15, 1900 issue, Baum resigns as editor to pursue writing books. C. L. Williams is listed as Advertising Manager.
 
 
"The Teacup Club" by Eliza Armstrong, 1897 (Kraus 47)
   
Date: 1897

Title: The Teacup Club (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. at the Lakeside Press, For Way & Williams, Chicago, U.S.A. 1897.)

Author: Armstrong, Eliza

Description: "Note. A portion of the matter in this little book originally appeared in The New York Journal and is used by the courtesy of W. R. Hearst, Esq." A satire on the progress of woman. The motion for organizing "The Teacup Club" for the advancement of woman, was made by a young girl who had quarreled with her lover. The motion having been carried, and the club organized, the topics suggested for discussion are: Woman in politics; Man's real attitude toward the progress of woman; Concerning the heroine of today; The pioneer new woman, etc. These weighty questions are handled in a gossipy, amusing way. (Review in "The Annual American Catalog" 1897.) Original Hard Cover list price $1.25. Digital edition.

Size:  4.6 x 6.8

Pages: Pp 307

 

   
 
"Like A Gallant Lady" by Kate M. Cleary, 1897 (Kraus 48)
   
Date: 1897

Title: Like A Gallant Lady (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. This book has been printed during October, 1897, by the Blakely Printing Company. Chicago, For Way & Williams.)

Author: Cleary, Kate M.

Description: "When I have enough money to make the folks  -- barring mother, God bless her! -- consider me respectable, I'll go home, marry Edith, and live happy ever after." Jack Jardine, glowing with approbation of his righteous resolution, entered the Owl-King saloon and treated his decision with gravity and decorum. Six years before, when he left the home of his forefathers beyond the ocean, he bore with him the very willing consent of his paternal relative, the plaintive protest of his mother, four thousand pounds, three trunks and the generously accorded advice of several friends not to make a fool of himself again..." The cover is from a design by Mr. Will Bradley and is repeated on the back cover. Digital edition.

Size: 4.6 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 292

   
   
"Pippins and Cheese" by Elia W. Peattie, 1897 (Kraus 49)
   
Date: 1897

Title: Pippins and Cheese. Being the relation of how a number of persons ate a number of dinners at various times and places. (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, for Way and Williams, Chicago, U.S.A. 1897. Printed on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Peattie, Elia W.

Description: A book of stories and conversations. The tales are each built about a dinner, breakfast, or luncheon, at which people of more or less wit are present. "Foreword. I desire to thank the proprietors of Harper's Weekly, and of the Cosmopolitan magazine, for courteous permission to reprint two of the stories in this book." A compilation of nine short stories. "Uniform with this volume, A Mountain Woman. The cover and title page are from designs by Mr. Frank Hazenplug." Cover design is printed on the front, back and spine. Original list price $1.00. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 282

S#: 0022.26.0711,  0022.36.1213

   
   
"Miriam Cromwell Royalist" by Dora Greenwell McChesney, 1897 (Kraus 50)
   
(Unable to locate cover.) Date: 1897

Title: Miriam Cromwell Royalist, A Romance of the Great Rebellion (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago.)

Author: McChesney, Dora Greenwell.

Description: Originally advertised in The Dial as "Miriam Cromwell Loyalist. A story of the Great Rebellion." Also advertised in Electrical Engineering Magazine, June 115, 1898, $1.50,

Size:  5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 429

   
   
"A Man and a Woman" by Stanley Waterloo, 1897 (Kraus 51)
   
Date: 1897

Title: A Man And A Women. [A New Edition] (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed on laid paper, top edge gilt, others uncut. Red cloth cover, black lettering and border. Circular illustration of a face on the cover. Cover design repeated on the back cover. Printer’s device on title page was designed by "FH", Frank Hazenplug.) This is the third Waterloo volume published by Way & Williams. 

Author: Waterloo, Stanley

Description: Copyright 1892 by Stanley Waterloo. First published in 1892 by F. J. Schulte and Company, Chicago. Excerpt, Chapter 1: "But for a recent occurrence I should certainly not be telling the story of a friend, or, rather, I should say, of two friends, or, rather, I should say, of two friends of mine. What that occurrence was I will not here indicate - it is unnecessary; but it has not been without its effect upon my life and plans. If it be asked by those who may read these pages under what circumstances it became possible for me to acquire such familiarity with certain scenes and incidents in the lives of one man and one woman..." Book Review: "In A Man and a Woman Mr. Stanley Waterloo restates in his own terms the old problem of the relation of the sexes. There is no plot there are few incidents and there is not perhaps much story. He is fond of his hero and relates that hero's life as a development of the ego from birth to death. This hero Grant Harlson is a typical American born in the backwoods educated partly at school and college, partly by the hard discipline of poverty and hunger and the attrition of the crowd in the streets. He is a powerful animal, dominated, indeed, by a sound brain and a strong heart but sometimes slipping his leash. Until he meets the one woman who can gather up and hold all his powers, he wanders in by and forbidden paths. After that experience the two become one in a divine union so that when the husband dies the wife can no longer bear the burden of life..." The Book Buyer, April 1898, P 258. Original list price $1.25. First Edition.

Size: 5 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 250

S#: 0022.31.0912

   
   
"A Night In Acadia" by Kate Chopin, 1897 (Kraus 52)
   

Date: 1897

Title: A Night In Acadia (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed on the Press of Stromberg, Allen & Co. Chicago on laid paper. Top edge gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Chopin, Kate. Author of "Bayou Folk".

Description: A compilation of twenty one short stories including "A Night In Acadia". Original list price $1.25. Digital edition.

Size: 4.6 x 6.8

Pages: Pp 416

   
   
"The Choir Visible" by Mary M. Adams, 1897 (Kraus 53)
   

Date: 1897

Title: The Choir Visible and Other Verse (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed on laid paper with the watermark W King Alton Mill. Top edge is trimmed and gilt, others uncut.) 

Author: Adams, Mary M.

Description: "The poems are bits of sentiment on love, nature, and the divinity of every-day life." A collection of nearly one hundred Odes, Lyrics and Sonnets. The cover and title page were designed by Mr. Frank Hazenplub. The cover is stamped and printed in gold and black, and is repeated on the back cover. The authors husband, Charles Kendall Adams was President of the University of Wisconsin while Chauncey Williams was in his last year there as a student. Inscribed by the author: "To Dr. & Mrs. Meredith with old time friendship and affection from the writer of this little book and in memory of the Choirs Visible & Invisible whose music is the gladness of the world. Madison Wisconsin, 1897." Original Hard Cover list price $1.00. Digital edition. 5.5 x 7.75 (First  Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 185

S#: 0022.50.0517

   
   
"The Muses Up To Date" by Henrietta Dexter Field and Roswell Martin Field, 1897 (Kraus 54)
   
Date: 1897

Title: The Muses Up To Date (Published by Way and Williams: Chicago. Printed during October 1897, by the Blakely Printing Company, Chicago, for Way & Williams. "Copyright 1898, By Way & Williams." Although published in October 1897, copyright would not be granted until January 1898. Printed on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut. Cover design by Alice Kellogg Tyler. Design printed on the back cover also, minus white ink.)

Author: Field, Henrietta Dexter and Roswell Martin

Description: "The Author's Prologue. The attempt to write a series of plays for children presents at once the somewhat embarrassing question, who are children and what would they consider peculiarly appropriate in the line of plays? As to the first clause, the reader must decide for himself, but concerning the methods of play-construction for children the authors have entertained some positive options, based on observation of children's performances... October 1897." A compilation of six children's plays including Cinderella. This copy signed by authors and given to Sam T. Clover (also published by Way & Williams). Hand written on the FFEP by Roswell Martin Field: "To Sam T. Clover, our companion and friend. With all the esteem and affection of the authors. Henrietta Dexter Field (signed). Roswell Martin Field (Signed). Buena Park. November 1897. (The Husser Residence was located on Buena Avenue, in the Buena Park area.) Original list price $1.00. 4.7 x 7. (First Edition)

Size: 4.5 x 6.7

Pages: Pp 278

S#: 0022.29.0412

   
   
"The Enchanted Burro" by Charles F. Lummis, 1897 (Kraus 55)
   

Date: 1897

Title: The Enchanted Burro. Stories of New Mexico and South America (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed on the press of Stromberg, Allen & Company, Chicago. Printed on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Lummis, Charles F. Author of The Land of Poco Tiempo, Strange Corners of Our country, A Tramp Across the Continent, etc.

Description: A compilation of fourteen short stories including The Enchanted Burro. Five are about New Mexico, five about Peru, two of Bolivia and two not noted. The Illustrations are from drawings by Charles Abel Corwin after photographs by the Author. Title page possibly designed by Frank Hazenplug. Small "H" in center of floral design. See "The Real Issue, A Book of Kansas Stories". Original list price $1.25. 4.9 x 7.75 (Second Edition)

Size: 4.9 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 277

S#: 0022.34.0513

   
   
"Down Our Way" by Mary Jameson Judah, 1897 (Kraus 56)
   

Date: 1897

Title: Down Our Way. Stories of Southern and Western character (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed during October, 1897, by The Blakely Printing Company. Chicago, for Way & Williams, on aid paper. Top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Judah, Mary Jameson

Description: A collection of nine short stories. "Two of these stories have been published before: 'A Gentlewoman," under another title in the Arena, 1893, and 'An Adventure of a Lady of Quality,' in Harper's Magazine for January, 1895 -- more than a year before the announcement of a book with a similar title." Cover design on front and back covers. Original Hard Cover list price $1.25. Two Copies. (First Edition)

Size: 4.75 x 7

Pages: Pp 266

S#: 0022.44.0815, 0022.54.0418

   
   
"A Book of True Lovers" by Octave Thanet, 1897 (Kraus 57)
   
Date: 1897

Title: A Book of True Lovers (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago. Printed by the Press of Stromberg, Allen & Co. Chicago. Printed on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Thanet, Octave

Description: "A collection of stories regarding the joys and sorrows, the adventures and misadventures of divers true lovers the author has known." A compilation of seven short stories. "Note: ‘The Strike at Glasscock’s’ was first published in the Northwestern Miller, ‘The Judgement on Mrs. Swift’ and ‘The Court of Last Resort,’ in Peterson’s Magazine (1893), ‘The Dilemma of Sir Guy the Neuter,’ in Scribner’s Magazine, ‘The Ladder of Grief,’ in McClure’s Magazine, "Why Abbylonia Surrendered,’ in Harper’s Bazar, and ‘The Captured Dream,’ in Harper’s Magazine." Cover designed by Mr. J. C. Leyendecker, and printed on the front and back. Original list price $1.25. (Two copies: First and Second Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 277

S#: 0022.13.0411, 0022.23.0511

[Second Edition] Title Pages as noted above.

 
   
Date: 1899

Title: A Book of True Lovers (Hard Cover) (Published by Doubleday & McClure Co., New York. Printed by the Press of Stromberg, Allen & Co. Chicago. Printed on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Thanet, Octave

Description: Originally published by Way & Williams, 1897. Republished here, using the same plates with only a few minor changes. Cover illustration is only printed on the front cover, on the back cover. Cover designed by Mr. J. C. Leyendecker. Inside, change to the Title page only. It was announced on September 24, 1898, in "The Publishers' Weekly" that Herbert S. Stone & Co., New York and Chicago purchased the entire stock and good-will of Messrs. Way & Williams, of Chicago. It is assumed that Doubleday & McClure purchased the plates from Herbert S. Stone. Alice French (1850–1934) took the pen name Octave Thanet. Her family moved to Davenport, Iowa when she was six years old. Signed by the author. "Dear Alice Schaeffer, with love, from Aunt Alice. Davenport, 19 Jan. 1928." Original list price $1.25. (First Doubleday Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 277

S#:
0036.09.0816
   
   
"Mother Goose In Prose" by L. Frank Baum, 1897 (Kraus 58)
   

Date: 1897

Title: Mother Goose in Prose (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company at the Lakeside Press on laid paper, edges cut.)

Author: Baum, L. Frank

Description: A collection of twenty-two children's stories based on Mother Goose nursery rhymes. It was the first book written by L. Frank Baum, and the first book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. Cover, title page and twelve illustrations by Maxfield Parrish. Original list price $1.25. Digital edition of 1905 edition.

Size: 9 x 11

Pages: Pp 265

   
   
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites, 1897 (Kraus 59)
   

Date: 1897

Title: Afloat on the Ohio. An Historical Pilgrimage of a Thousand Miles in a Skiff, From Redstone to Cairo (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed during October, 1897, by The Blakely Printing Company. Chicago, For Way & Williams, on laid paper.)

Author: Thwaites, Reuben Gold. Secretary of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Editor of "The Jesuit Relations," Author of "The Colonies, 1492-1750," "Historical Waterways," "The Story of Wisconsin," "Our Cycling Tour in England," etc., etc.

Description: "Preface. There were four of us pilgrims -- my Wife, our Boy of ten and a half years, the Doctor, and I. My object in going -- the others went for the outing  -- was to gather "local color" for work in Western history. The Ohio River was an important factor in the development of the West. I wished to know the great waterway intimately in its various phases, -- to see with my own eyes what the borderers saw; in imagination, to redress the pioneer stage, and repeople it..." Original Hard Cover list price $1.50. Digital edition.

Size: 4.8 x 7.5

Pages: Pp 334

   
   
"Catharine Cole's Book" Introduction by M. E. M. Davis, 1897 (Kraus 60)
   

Inset: Deluxe version, white cloth. Title page two colors, top edge gilt, pages untrimmed, "Of this Edition de Luxe only three hundred and two copies have been printed."

Date: 1897

Title: Catharine Cole's Book (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co. at the Lakeside Press, for Way and Williams, 1897. Printed on laid paper. Two versions produced. Blue cloth and deluxe white cloth covers. Blue cloth: title page one color, top edge gilt, trimmed three sides. Lettering in gold on front and back covers. Deluxe white cloth: title page two colors, top edge gilt, pages untrimmed, "Of this Edition de Luxe only three hundred and two copies have been printed.")

Author: With an introduction by Davis, M. E. M. Foreword by Jefferson, Joseph. Copyright, 1897, By Martha Reinhard (Smallwood) Field.

Description: "Introduction. ...In this cozy, time-worn old house Mrs. Field may be said to have really begun her life-work. The young journalist, a widowed mother, and a breadwinner, had indeed gained a foothold else-where, but here were written those earnest and sympathetic letters which have so stirred and encouraged her fellow working-women; here were wrought into shape exquisite sketches, stories, bits of rhymes, quaint silhouettes of life... This life work of Martha Reinhard Field (Catharine Cole)... This volume is made up from her life work..." M. E. M. Davis. "Foreword... When Mrs. Wakeman -- for it is Mrs. Antoinette Van Hoesen Wakeman of Chicago who planned the issue of this work..." Joseph Jefferson. A collection of twenty-eight short stories. (First Edition)

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Pp 381

S#: 0022.30.0512

   
   
"The Books of William Morris" by H. Buxton Forman, 1897 (Kraus 61)
   
Date: 1897

Title: The Books of William Morris, Described With Some Account of His Doings in Literature and in The Allied Crafts (Hard Cover) (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago. Printed by Billing and Sons, Printers, Guildford, on wove paper, Top Edges gilt, others uncut. Very similar in appearance to the edition published by Frank Hollings, London, 1897.)

Author: Forman, H. Buxton, C.B., Author of "Our Living Poets," The Shelley Library," Etc., and Editor of The Works of Shelley and Keats.

Description: William Morris (March 24, 1834 – October 3, 1896) was an English designer, artist, writer, and noted for his influence in the English Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 1800s. He founded the Kelmscott Press in 1891. "Preface. The object of the present work may be stated in a few words. Convinced that ‘the world of books is still,’ of all worlds in which an artist is privileged to live, the most ‘living works’..." An exhaustive summary of the life and work created by Morris. Includes 29 illustrations, many printed single sides, bound tissue facing. (First Edition)

Size: 5.9 x 9

Pages: Pp 224

S#: 0022.14.0411

   
   
"The Dial" September 16, 1897
   
Date: September 16, 1897, Front Page (Volume 23, No. 276, Page 125)

Title: The Dial (Edited by Francis F. Browne. Published by The Dial Co.)

Description: Ad for Way & Williams. Way & Williams' Fall Books.
1) The Story of AB (Kraus 44). By Stanley Waterloo. A Tale of the Time of the Cave Men. While the discoveries of science form the foundation of this work, the author has avoided the language of scientific exposition. AB is a real man, and his people are real people, whose fortunes the reader follows with sympathy as keen as if they were of our own day, instead of children of the Caverns of the Earth, who lived and died ages before history begins. 12mo, cloth, 371 pp. $1.50
2) Like a Gallant Lady (Kraus 48). By Kate M. Cleary. As strong a novel of Western life as has been recently written; it transports the reader to the scene of its plot and happily blends its pathos with its abundant humor. Of the twelve characters, six have been carefully drawn from life and five of the prototypes are living. 16mo, cloth, 300 pp $1.25.
3) Paul Travers' Adventures (Kraus 45). By Sam T. Clover. This is a faithful narrative of a boy's journey around the world, showing his mishaps, privations, and ofttimes thrilling experiences, and how he won his reporter's star. The book contains twelve full-page illustrations by Bert Cassidy. 12mo, cloth, 349 pp $1.25
4) The Miracles of Madame St. Katherine of Fierbois (Kraus 41). By Andrew Lang.  The editions consist of 300 numbered copies on Van-Gelder paper at $3.50 and 50 numbered copies on Japan paper at $10.00. Printed at the De Vinne Press. Title-page and decorations from drawings by Selwyn Image.
5) The Muses Up to Date (Kraus 54). By Henrietta Dexter Field and Roswell Martin Field. A book of plays for boys and girls. The plays afford plenty of action with just enough dialogue to serve the purpose of introducing the specialties of singing, dancing, tableaux, and artistic groupings. 16 mo, cloth, 200 pp. $1.00
6) Pippins and Cheese (Kraus 49). By Elia W. Peattie. A book of stories and conversations by the author of " A Mountain Woman." The tales are each built about a dinner, breakfast, or luncheon, at which people of more or less wit are present. 16mo, cloth $1.25
7) The Enchanted Burro (Kraus 55). By Charles F. Lummis. Stories of adventure in New Mexico and Peru by the author of The Man Who Married the Moon," " Some Strange Corners of Our Country," " A New Mexican David," etc. With fifteen full-page illustrations (after photographs taken by the author) by Charles A. Corwin. 12mo, cloth. $1 50
8) A Night In Acadie (Kraus 52). By Kate Chopin. A volume of striking and beautiful stories of Louisiana and the South by the author of " Bayou Folk." 16mo, cloth. $1.25
9) Mother Goose In Prose (Kraus 58). By L. Frank Baum.  The tales are based upon the rhymes of " Mother Goose." Each of the ancient and delightful heroes of the nursery becomes the centre of a charming story. The text is to be amply illustrated by the quaint and original drawings of Maxfield Parrish. Quarto, cloth. $2.00
10) The Choir Visible (Kraus 53). By Mary M. Adams. The poems are bits of sentiment on love, nature, and the divinity of every-day life. Edition limited. 12mo, cloth, 200 pp. $1.50
11) Down Our Way (Kraus 56). By Mary Jameson Judah. Stories of Southern and Western character. 16mo, cloth. $1.25
12) The Teacup Club (Kraus 47). By Elisa Armstrong. This book will be unique in the fact that its characters are all of the fair sex. It is a story of a girl's club, at whose meetings Man, in his social aspect, is most exhaustively treated. 16mo, cloth $1.25
13) Afloat on the Ohio (Kraus 59). By Reuben Gold Thwaites, Secretary of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. This book is an Historical Pilgrimage of a thousand miles in a skiff from Redstone to Cairo. 12mo, cloth. $1.50
14) The Knight's Tale (Kraus 43). By F. Phillips. A novel. 8vo, cloth, 298 pp. $1.50
15) Miriam Cromwell Loyalist (Kraus 50). By Dora Greenwell McChesney. A story of the Great Rebellion. Cloth, 8vo, 429 pp. . . $1.50

Way & Williams, Caxton Building, Chicago.

   
   
"The Dial" December 16, 1897
   
Date: December 16, 1897, (Volume 23, No. 276, Page 410)

Title: The Dial (Edited by Francis F. Browne. Published by The Dial Co.)

Description: Ad for Way & Williams. Way & Williams, Publishers
1) Fourth Edition, Illustrated. Just Published. 12mo, $1.50. The Story of AB (Kraus 44). A Tale of the Time of the Cave Man. By Stanley Waterloo, author of A Man and a Woman," " An Odd Situation," etc. In appearance one of the most striking and attractive of the year, printed on the best paper, with a cover by Bradley, the well-known designer. The work itself is one of the most fascinating and popular novels, illustrating faithfully the life of the ancient men who were our own ancestors. A story of wild adventure, love, and war when men lived in caves, defended themselves against each other, and against the monster wild beasts of the time. It is published simultaneously here and in England, and is the book of the present season.
2) A New Volume, By Octave Thanet, entitled, A Book of True Lovers (Kraus 57). A collection of stories regarding the joys and sorrows, the adventures and misadventures of divers true lovers the author has known, gathered together in an agreeable small volume, decorated with cover design by Mr. J. C. Leyendecker. May be had of any bookseller, or it will be sent postpaid by the publishers on receipt of $1.25.
3) Mother Goose In Prose (Kraus 58). By L. Frank Baum. Quarto, Cloth; Price, $2.00. An entirely new idea has been used by Mr. Baum in this book, which will interest old and young alike. The tales are based upon the rhymes of " Mother Goose," and the characters are already well known and loved by the little ones. The text is illustrated with twelve full-page quaint and original drawings by Maxfield Parrish, who also designed the cover.

The Caxton Building, Chicago

   
   
"Pearce Amerson's Will" First Published in Lippincott's, 1892
   
Date: 1892

Title: Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine - December 1892 (Published by J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia)

Author: Johnson, Richard Malcolm

Description: Cover: "This number contains Pearce Amerson’s Will. By Richard Malcolm Johnson, Author of ‘Dukesborough Tales’, ‘Widow Guthrie’, etc. Complete." Title Page: Pearce Amerson’s Will. By Richard Malcolm Johnson, Author of "Dukesborough Tales", "Widow Guthrie", "Old Mark Langston", etc. J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. This was the first the story was published in full. Six years later, 1896, it was published for the first time in book form as "Pearce Amerson’s Will" (Kraus 62) by Way & Williams. Original cover price 25 cents. 6.25 x 9.3.

Size:

Pages: Pp 681 - 756

S#: 0013.02.0511

 

(Title Page - Page 681)

 
   
   
"Pearce Amerson's Will" by Richard Malcolm Johnston, 1898 (Kraus 62)
   
Date: 1898

Title: Pearce Amerson's Will (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed at the University Press, In Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Way & Williams, 1898.)

Author: Johnston, Richard Malcolm. Author of "Dukesborough Tales", "Widow Guthrie", "Old Mark Langston", etc.

Description: "Preface. The favor accorded to this tale on its appearance in Lippincott's Magazine seemed to justify its republication in this form." Illustrated by Orson Lowell. Original Hard Cover list price $1.25. Digital edition.

Size: 4.5 x 6.6

Pages: Pp 275

 

   
   
"Under the Stars and Other Songs of the Sea" by Wallace Rice & Barrett Eastman, 1898 (Kraus 63)
   
Note: This volume was desecrated and rebound in a hard cover (blue cloth) and pages trimmed by Forbes Library, Northampton, Mass. Smaller inset is example of original cover. Date: 1898

Title: Under the Stars and Other Songs of the Sea (Original: Soft Cover, light greenish gray wrappers. Note: This volume was desecrated and rebound in a hard cover and pages trimmed by Forbes Library, Northampton, Mass.) (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago. This impression of one thousand copies was printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, for Way and Williams, in the month of May, Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Eight. Printed on laid paper)

Author: Rice, Wallace; Eastman, Barrett

Description: "Clear a voice sounds o’er the cannon. Of the Chesapeake and Shannon: ‘Keep the flag flying!’ Lawrence, wounded lying –. Pain nor death his spirit shrinks: ‘Fight her till she strikes of sinks!’ Through the battle’s roar and rip, Above the cheers, across the years, That dying word our sailor hears: ‘Don’t give up the Ship! To the Wider Patriotism." A compilation of sixteen poems with notes that follow. (Note: ) Original list price $0.25. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6.7

Pages: Pp 62

S#: 0032.03.0411

   
   
"Cuba and Other Verse" by Robert Manners, 1898 (Kraus 64)
   
Date: 1898

Title: Cuba and Other Verse (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago.

Author: Manners, Robert

Description: A collection of 37 Poems, Sonnets, Stanzas, Songs and an Essay on Music. Copyrighted, 1898, by Robert Rutland Manners. Digital edition.

Size: 5.3 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 155

 

   
   
"Poems" By Edmund S. Holbrook, 1898 (Kraus 65)
   
Date: 1898

Title: Poems (Issued for Miss Florence Holbrook under the direction of Way & Williams. Copyright by Florence Holbrook, 1898. Printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co. at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1898.)

Author: Holbrook, Edmund S.

Description: A collection of thirty-eight poems, under five sections which include; Devotionals, Patriotic, Chicago and the Great Fire, Personal, Appendix, and concluding with In Memoriam. Includes a Foreword from his Memoir. Includes a photogravure portrait of the author. Gilt lettering and border on cover, and repeated on the back cover. Printed on laid paper. Top edge gilt, others uncut. (First Edition)

Size: 5.1 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 206

S#: 0032.12.1013

 

   
   
"A Book of Verses" by Edgar Lee Masters, 1898 (Kraus 66)
   
Date: 1898

Title: A Book of Verses (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago)

Author: Masters, Edgar Lee

Description: The was the first of over sixty books and pamphlets published by Masters. "'That book (A Book of Verses) was written in Lewistown before I went to Chicago in 1892. I carried the manuscript around with me for several years... until about 1896 when I turned it over to [the Chicago publisher] Way & Williams, who had it for two years before doing anything. Then I threatened to sue them; then they set it up.' (Way and Williams insisted on a contract saying that Masters would pay the company $450 if the book failed to pay its expenses.)... Although Masters long retained a fondness for portions of this book, his publisher had second thoughts (declaring bankruptcy on the day it was to be released), and few reviews resulted from Master's own efforts in circulating copies." Excerpt from "Edgar Lee Masters, A Biography", Russell, 2001, pages 58-59. Original list price $1.50.

Size: 5 x 7.6

Pages: Pp 207

   
   
"Tales of the West" by Franklin Welles Calkins, 1895 (Way & Williams Version Unlocated)
   
Note: This cover designed by Donohue, Henneberry & Co. in 1893, and used again by M. A. Donahue & Co. for this volume circa 1900. Way & Williams volume not located.

Note: Published as three volumes in one, this was the title page for volume one. Title page for volume two and three used the same design.

Date: Circa 1900 (1895 Way & Williams)

Title: Calkins’ Tales of the West (Hard Cover) (This volume published by M. A. Donahue & Co., Chicago, circa 1900. First published by Donohue, Henneberry & Co., Chicago in 1893.)

Author: Calkins, Franklin Welles

Description: According to Joe W. Kraus, Way & Williams published this volume in 1895, but he was unable to locate a copy. It was reissued by Herbert S. Stone in 1899. It was first published as three volumes in one and as three separate volumes by Donohue, Henneberry & Co., Chicago in 1893. The three titles were, "Indian Tales", "Frontier Sketches" and "Hunting Stories". All three, published as a single volume, was titled "Calkins’ Tales of the West", with the title" Boys Life on the Frontier" on the spine. In 1900-1901 Michael A. Donohue bought out William P. Henneberry and changed the name to M. A. Donohue & Co. It was at that time that this volume was republished by M. A. Donohue & Co. It was republished again in 1903 by A. C. McClurg, combining all three under title "Boys Life on the Frontier". (First M. A. Donohue & Co. Edition, not dated.)

Size: 5.75 x 9

Pages: Pp 430

S#: 0041.07.0412

   
   
"The Battle of Dorking: the German Conquest of England..." by Sir George Tomkyns Chesney, 1896 (Unlocated)
   
(Unable to locate a copy of Way & Williams edition.)
Date: 1896

Title: The Battle of Dorking: the German Conquest of England: Reminiscences of a Volunteer Describing the Arrival of the German Armada, The Destruction of the British Fleet, the Decisive Battle of Dorking, the Capture of London, Downfall of the British Empire. (Published by Way and Williams, Chicago.)

Author: Chesney, Sir George Tomkyns

Description: Note: A copy was auctioned on February 15-16, 1999, from the Library of the Zamorano Club of Los Angeles. Auction Description: 77 + [3] ad pp. Illus. with monogram publisher's device on title-page by Bruce Rogers. 7-1/2 x 5-1/4, original printed wrappers, later custom gilt-lettered slipcase. Originally issued in Philadelphia in 1871, this story was purported to be the recollections of events disastrous to England in 1875, narrated fifty years after by an eye-witness. A publisher's note opposite the title-page reports that England heeded the warning, and W&W are reprinting for others to heed. Donated by William W. Clary with gift noted on Zamorano Club bookplate mounted to chemise. Wrappers worn & chipped, but very good. (100/150).

   
   
THE END OF WAY & WILLIAMS
   
"The Publishers' Weekly" September 24, 1898
   
Date: September 24, 1898, (No. 1391, Page 480)

Title: The Publishers' Weekly

Description: Ad for Herbert S. Stone & Co., New York, Chicago.

Transfer of Messrs. Way & Williams' Books
...TO...
New York.
Herbert S. Stone & Co. Chicago
Messrs. Herbert S. Stone & Co. have pleasure in announcing that they have purchased the entire stock and good-will of Messrs. Way & Williams, of Chicago. It is less than a year since the business of Stone & Kimball, of New York, was absorbed, and the new list, which is nearly ready, includes some two hundred titles. Orders of the trade are respectfully solicited.
 

   
   
POST WAY & WILLIAMS
   
Date: October, 1901

Title: Engineering Review

Description: The June, 1900 issue of the trade journal "Heating and Ventilation", changes to "Heating, Ventilation & Sanitary Plumbing". The August, 1900 issue announces the change to "Engineering Review". It is not until the March, 1901 issue that C. L. Williams is listed as Western Manager, in the Chicago office. With the October 1901, Williams gains the additional title of Vice-President. The October, 1901 issue also included an article by Chauncey L Williams: "The Plumber Who Advertises His Business", pages 16-17.

In the November, 1912 issue of the trade journal  "Electrical World", it was announced that: Mr. Chauncey L. Williams has resigned as Western manager of the Electrical World and will remove from Chicago to New York to accept a position of authority with the F. W. Dodge Company, publisher of the Architectural Record, "Sweet's Index" and other periodicals. Page 1168. He became Vice-President of F. W. Dodge Company.

   
   
   
ELIA W. PEATTIE
 
Date: 1896

Title: A Mountain Woman (Hard Cover) (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, U. S. A., on Laid paper. Top edge gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Peattie, Elia W.

Description: A collection of short Western stories. "Foreword. Most of the tales in this little book have been printed before. ‘A Mountain Woman’ appeared in Harpers’ Weekly, as did ‘The Three Johns’ and ‘A Resuscitation.’ ‘Jim Lacy’s Waterloo’ was printed in he Cosmopolitan, ‘A Michigan Man’ in Lippincott’s and ‘Up the Gulch’ in Two Tales... E. W. P." Lettering and design n the cover stamped in silver. Back cover has the same design as the front minus lettering. Cover design by Bruce Rogers. Original list price $1.25. Two copies. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6.9

Pages: Pp 251

S#: 0022.08.0411, 0022.38.0214

Inset Left: Second Edition
   
Date: 1897

Title: Pippins and Cheese. Being the relation of how a number of persons ate a number of dinners at various times and places. (Published by Way & Williams, Chicago. Printed by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. at the Lakeside Press, Chicago, for Way and Williams, Chicago, U.S.A. 1897. Printed on laid paper, top edges gilt, others uncut.)

Author: Peattie, Elia W.

Description: A book of stories and conversations. The tales are each built about a dinner, breakfast, or luncheon, at which people of more or less wit are present. "Foreword. I desire to thank the proprietors of Harper's Weekly, and of the Cosmopolitan magazine, for courteous permission to reprint two of the stories in this book." A compilation of nine short stories. "Uniform with this volume, A Mountain Woman. The cover and title page are from designs by Mr. Frank Hazenplug." Cover design is printed on the front, back and spine. Original list price $1.00. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 7

Pages: Pp 282

S#: 0022.26.0711,  0022.36.1213

   
Date: 1903

Title: Poems You Ought To Know (Published by Fleming H. Revell Company, Chicago, New York, Toronto, London, Edinburgh. )

Author: Selected by Peattie, Elia W. (Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune)

Description: The first time Peattie came to our attention during our study of "The eve of St. Agnes", published by Wright and two of his clients, Winslow and Williams. Sixty-five copies were printed, No. 24 was inscribed by the publisher (most likely Williams) to Elia W. Peattie. In 1896, Williams and Way published "A Mountain Woman" [23] by Elia W. Peattie, and a year later published a second book by Peattie, "Pippins and Cheese" [49]. Her name surfaced again during our study of Browne’s Bookstore. In 1908 she wrote an article about Browne’s Bookstore which was published in the New York Post. The article, along with an article written by Wright’s uncle was republished in "A Notable Bookstore", a booklet about Browne’s Bookstore. In 1911, she wrote an extensive article about the Fine Arts Building, published in The International Studio. It was later republished in book form. "Introduction: Each morning, for several months, The Chicago Tribune has published at the head of its first column, versus under the caption: ‘Poems You Ought to Know’... By publishing these poems The Tribune hopes to accomplish two things: first, to inspire a love of poetry in he hearts of many of its readers..." A collection of over 150 poems. Illustrated by Ellsworth Young. Top edge gilt, others uncut.

Size: 6.1 x 9.3.

Pages: Pp 233

S#: 0054.03.0411

   
Date: 1915

Title: The Angel with a Broom (Hard Cover) (Published by Ralph Fletcher Seymour for The Cordon) "This is No. xxx (hand written in pencil, possibly a proof) of the first edition of 700 copies printed on hand-made paper at the Alderbrink Press, Chicago. December 1915."

Author: Peattie, Elia W. (Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune)

Description: A short story about a social worker, two neighboring families she loves, and a handicapped young man in whom she sees visions of an angel sweeping away the evils of war and conflict. The setting is a little street with shops in a lower class neighborhood of Chicago during the early part of World War I. Note: The Cordon was a club that met in the Fine Arts building in Chicago. Cover is stamped and gilt. Original list price 50c. (First Edition)

Size: 4.6 x 6.25

Pages: Pp 29

S#: 0128.20.0415

   
   
   
   

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