Story of the American Fireman


Author: [McLoughlin Brothers]

[McLOUGHLIN BROTHERS]. Story of the American Fireman. NY: McLoughlin Brothers (ca. 1908) 4to, [15]pp. Black cloth spine with color pictorial boards. One two-page, three full-page and two smaller color chromolithographs as well as b&w illustrated title page, one full-page b&w illustration and numerous smaller b&w illustrations (no illustrator credited). Some wear to edges, indent of number (perhaps written on a piece of paper using the book for a firm surface) faintly visible on front cover, some very slight hand-soiling to a few pages, else a surprisingly clean, bright copy.

Early printing (possibly 1st) of this early 20th Century picture book about American Firemen. The McLoughlin Brothers publishers were known for their pioneering work in creating high quality chromolithographic illustrations for children’s books, and this wonderful history of firefighting designed for young readers features stunning examples of this work. Detailing the day-to-day activities of firefighters at the dawn of the 20th century as well as the history of firefighting in America, this gorgeously illustrated picture book is a wonderful salute to the American fireman.