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Your United States / 1912 Antique Book / Author Arnold Bennett's Impressions Of A First USA Visit / 32 Illustrations / Gift Under 30

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The 1912 antique "Your United States" book was written by an English writer, Arnold Bennett, providing impressions of his first visit (on a steamer) to the United States. There are 32 original illustrations in the book by English artist Frank Craig (Mr. Craig accompanied Mr. Bennett on his trip to the US).

The book was published in 1912 by Harper & Brothers Publishers of New York and London. The book cover is red, with gold lettering and inscriptions, and the writer conveys imagery of the United States as it existed over a century ago. This antique book is a great idea for a gift under $30, and there is free shipping to any address in the USA, and discounted shipping to all addresses outside the USA.

This 192 page book contains a narrative by Mr. Bennett of his impressions of all things American in 1912 as he made his way from the steamer to New York to Boston to Washington, DC to Philadelphia to Indianapolis and to Chicago in exploration of America.

A sampling:

"The single shops, as well as the general stores and hotels on Fifth Avenue, are impressive in the lavish spaciousness of their disposition. Neither stores nor shops could have been conceived, or could be kept, by merchants without genuine imagination and faith".

"A great deal of the poetry of New York is due to the sky-scraper. At dusk the effect of the massed sky-scrapers illuminated from within, as seen from any high building up-town, is prodigiously beautiful, and it is unique in the cities of this world".

"The old instinct to wash the hands and change the collar every couple of hours instantly returned to me in Chicago, together with the old comforting conviction that a harsh climate is a climate healthy for body and spirit. And, because it is laden with soot, the air of Chicago is a great mystifier and beautifier".

"I was astonished -- and I admit at once I ought not to have been astonished -- that the Capitol appeals to the historic sense just as much as any other vast legislative palace of the world -- and perhaps more intimately than some".

"'I don't know who you are,' said a policeman, 'but it is my duty to tell you your coachman crossed over on the wrong side of the lamp-post. It's not allowed, and he knows it as well as I do'".

"What strikes and frightens the backward European as much as anything in the United States is the efficiency and fearful universality of the telephone".

"The 'mail-order house,' whose secrets were very generously displayed to me in Chicago -- a peculiar establishment which sells merely everything (except patent-medicines) -- on condition that you order it by post. Go into that house with money in your palm, and ask for a fan or a flail or a fur-coat or a fountain-pen or a fiddle, and you will be requested to return home and write a letter about the proposed purchase, and stamp the letter and drop it into a mail-box, and then to wait till the article arrives at your door."

The book is in great antique condition, with no missing pages, and the cover is still intact. The binding has loosened on some of the pages, but all pages are in the book and none completely broken away from the binding.

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The 1912 antique "Your United States" book was written by an English writer, Arnold Bennett, providing impressions of his first visit (on a steamer) to the United States. There are 32 original illustrations in the book by English artist Frank Craig (Mr. Craig accompanied Mr. Bennett on his trip to the US).

The book was published in 1912 by Harper & Brothers Publishers of New York and London. The book cover is red, with gold lettering and inscriptions, and the writer conveys imagery of the United States as it existed over a century ago. This antique book is a great idea for a gift under $30, and there is free shipping to any address in the USA, and discounted shipping to all addresses outside the USA.

This 192 page book contains a narrative by Mr. Bennett of his impressions of all things American in 1912 as he made his way from the steamer to New York to Boston to Washington, DC to Philadelphia to Indianapolis and to Chicago in exploration of America.

A sampling:

"The single shops, as well as the general stores and hotels on Fifth Avenue, are impressive in the lavish spaciousness of their disposition. Neither stores nor shops could have been conceived, or could be kept, by merchants without genuine imagination and faith".

"A great deal of the poetry of New York is due to the sky-scraper. At dusk the effect of the massed sky-scrapers illuminated from within, as seen from any high building up-town, is prodigiously beautiful, and it is unique in the cities of this world".

"The old instinct to wash the hands and change the collar every couple of hours instantly returned to me in Chicago, together with the old comforting conviction that a harsh climate is a climate healthy for body and spirit. And, because it is laden with soot, the air of Chicago is a great mystifier and beautifier".

"I was astonished -- and I admit at once I ought not to have been astonished -- that the Capitol appeals to the historic sense just as much as any other vast legislative palace of the world -- and perhaps more intimately than some".

"'I don't know who you are,' said a policeman, 'but it is my duty to tell you your coachman crossed over on the wrong side of the lamp-post. It's not allowed, and he knows it as well as I do'".

"What strikes and frightens the backward European as much as anything in the United States is the efficiency and fearful universality of the telephone".

"The 'mail-order house,' whose secrets were very generously displayed to me in Chicago -- a peculiar establishment which sells merely everything (except patent-medicines) -- on condition that you order it by post. Go into that house with money in your palm, and ask for a fan or a flail or a fur-coat or a fountain-pen or a fiddle, and you will be requested to return home and write a letter about the proposed purchase, and stamp the letter and drop it into a mail-box, and then to wait till the article arrives at your door."

The book is in great antique condition, with no missing pages, and the cover is still intact. The binding has loosened on some of the pages, but all pages are in the book and none completely broken away from the binding.

=========================================
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Your United States / 1912 Antique Book / Author Arnold Bennett's Impressions Of A First USA Visit / 32 Illustrations / Gift Under 30

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