Philadelphia: The Roycroft Press, 1909. Item #2162
9” x 7”. Embossed and letterpress printed wrappers, initially issued with a leather string tie, lacking from this copy. Pp. 42. Good: disbound, a few edge chips to front wrapper, significant chipping to rear, offsetting on pages 34 and 35. This book documents a dinner held in New York in May, 1909 to propose a “colossal statue” of a Native American at the mouth of the Hudson in New York Harbor. The statue's purpose was “to typify the country's debt to the vanishing race of “First Americans” and to remind the ages to come of the finer, better traits of the Indian. ” The brainchild of Rodman Wanamaker, the dinner was given in honor of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and attended by Frederick Remington, Pawnee Bill and “eminent lawyers, merchants and men of affairs. ” The book describes the dinner itself and contains excerpts of speeches by Cody, Leonard Wood and others who spoke of the need to honor and preserve Native American culture. The book also contains excerpts of letters of support for the statue from various politicians, as well as passages from editorials and a list of all attendees. Congress provided land for the statue in 1911, but did not make any financial expenditure. While groundbreaking occurred in Staten Island in 1913, the statue was never built. In addition to this effort, Wanamaker also sponsored three photographic expeditions to document Native Americans, one of which became the book, “The Vanishing Race. ” A beautifully printed testament to an unsuccessful attempt at a Native American memorial. OCLC locates nine copies. Not in McKenna. None in the trade as of October 2018 and none in the online auction records. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.