I.Lot Details
TypeBooks and Manuscripts
Estimate$5,000 — $7,000
II.Condition Report

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III.Auction Details
Sale 697

Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

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November 6, 2019 / 10:00am CT
Sale  697
Lot   172
[LAKESIDE CLASSICS]. A COMPLETE COLLECTION of 115 titles published in R. R. Donnelley's Lakeside Classics series. Chicago: R. R. Donnelley Press, 1903-2017. 

Uniform octavo size. Many with plates and maps (some folding). Original gilt-lettered cloth bindings, one volume in the Red series and 4 volumes in the Blue series with original glassine wrappers, 16 in the Brown and Light Green series in original shrink wrap, one with publisher's presentation inscription, 14 with compliment's slips laid in. GENERALLY IN VERY FINE CONDITION.


Green Lakeside Press Classics. 1903-1927. -- Red Lakeside Press Classics. 1928-1952. -- Blue Lakeside Press Classics. 1953-1977. -- Brown Lakeside Press Classics. 1978-2002. -- Light Green Lakeside Press Classics. 2003-2015.


First conceived by Thomas E. Donnelley (son of Richard Robert Donnelley), R. R. Donnelley & Sons firm has published one volume a year at Christmas since 1903. The first few volumes focused on speeches and writings of noted Americans, but by 1911, the selections began emphasizing first-person narratives of American history, relating to frontier life, the Civil War, early exploration, and overland voyages. Most were written in the mid-19th-century, and had become hard to obtain, and included works written by Zebulon Pike, John Long, Alexander Ross, and Alexander Mackenzie. By 1995, selections became more globally-focused, reflecting the expansion of the R. R. Donnelley company.

The Lakeside Classics are "understood to be a uniquely Chicago product...In his preface to the 1928 volume, Donnelley, reflecting on the commitment to continue the series for another twenty-five years, wrote, 'If the traditions of any press in America will continue for this length of time, we believe those of the Lakeside Press will.' The history of this venerable company and its annual Lakeside Classics is inextricably linked to, and closely interwoven with, the history of Chicago and its reputation as a place where commercial printing and the allied arts were pioneered and flourished" (Coventry, Chicago by the Book 101 Publications that Shaped the City and its Image, p. 63).  Caxton Chicago 101, 24. 

  • Estimate$5,000 - $7,000

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