Chicago, IL: Published by the author, 1872. Fourth edition. Hardcover. Quarto (4to). Very good condition. Item #019105
128 pages, 49 unnumbered leaves of plates each containing a mounted portrait photograph. AEG; all edges gilt. Full maroon morocco extra gilt bound by F. Kiss & Co. (Francis Kiss formerly of Kiss & Ringer) apparently the first Jewish bookbinder to reestablish after the fire. Rebacked, with 4 contiguous segments of 6 of the original spine laid down, and the new exposed leather treated to blend with the color of the existing original binding. Stamped "Bradwell" on the front cover and "Chicago Bar" on the rear cover. This is the fourth and best edition, issued with photographs. It contains biographic sketches of the prominent Chicago attorneys of 1872 with portraits of many; rare as an early use of photographic illustration. This copy belonged to the only woman listed in the book, Mrs. Myra Bradwell (p. 113), the first woman admitted to the Illinois Bar. 4to; height is 11 3/8" (29 cm). The title page and next page were cleaned and mounted on tissue. The title page is faded and has several tears, creases and chips. The photo facing page 47 repaired and page 113 has minor repairs. There are numerous small tears, creases and smudges to the page edges. Title page states "Author's edition." The author ( Franc Bangs Wilkie (1832-1892)) states "The present edition has been made up since the Great Fire, and contains many names and includes much matter that were not in the former edition. Chicago, June, 1872." Howes W423. Fourth (and best) edition.