MEN WHO ARE MAKING AMERICA, by B.C. Forbes - 1926 [Signed] *Provenance*


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Men Who Are Making America

by Bertie Charles Forbes

SIGNED and inscribed by the author (founder of Forbes magazine). New York: B.C. Forbes Publishing Co, Inc., 1926.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Black cloth over boards has been blind tooled and shows very minimal wear.
  • Spine is a tad sunned, with faded gilt and softened head of spine.
  • Sharp corners are lightly rubbed.
  • Binding is strong and secure.
  • Ex Libris book features an owner's bookplate on front pastedown. See Provenance section for more info.
  • Front endpaper bears gift inscription and signature of Mr. Forbes.
  • Verso of inscription has another Ex Libris bookplate. This one has foxing around the edges, as if from bookplate paste. (See photos)
  • Frontispiece photo of BC Forbes is present, with some marginal foxing.
  • Title page has some foxing through text. Intro that follows has a little foxing and marginal toning at head of a few pages.
  • Portrait plates are on a glossy paper that is brighter than the text pages. There is rare scattered marginal foxing on these pages.
  • Interior is toned, a little more in margins. Little to no foxing throughout text.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Head of text block is inked in dark blue with a darker mottled 1/8" line along front cover.
  • Fore and foot of text block edges have expected uneven perforation edges.
  • Not all foot edges of text have been cut. (See Photos)Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20190718

442 pages + intro + 4 pp of publisher ads. 6.25 X 9.25 inches.

In this book Forbes not only highlights the contribution of each significant man, but also shares a bit of the path that brought them there. A summary chart in the intro lists their names, place and job of origin, and the field to which they contributed. Most men on the list came from poor to moderate incomes, with few from rich families. Included on the list are such notables as Thomas Edison, Alexander G Bell, Henry Ford, JP Morgan, Du Pont, Carengie, Vanderbilt, Schwab, Rockefeller, Woolworth, Guggenheim and of course many more. Each man is given several pages, as well as a portrait in the gallery that follows the intro.

Bertie Charles Forbes (1880-1954) was a Scottish-born American financial journalist and author, most significantly known as the founder of Forbes magazine. In addition to that work, he wrote another 7 books and founded the Investors League in 1942.

EDITION POINTS: 7th printing, Signed and inscribed by author on endpaper, dated Nov 1931.

PROVENANCE: Ex Libris bookplate of Albert Henry Wiggin (1868-1951), to whom book is inscribed, is on front pastedown. Wiggin was both the chairman and president of Chase National Bank. A second bookplate is pasted behind the inscription: Lynde Selden (1892-1972), Wiggin's son-in-law and Vice Chairman of the American Express Company. More details can be found about this at the Panoply Books blog.

EPHEMERA: Includes a printout from internet about Wiggins.

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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