Lot 3010: Robert J Casey BAGHDAD & POINTS EAST 1928 Author-Signed First Edition Antique Travel & History Iraq Middle East Photographic Plates Decorative Binding

Lot 3010: Robert J Casey BAGHDAD & POINTS EAST 1928 Author-Signed First Edition Antique Travel & History Iraq Middle East Photographic Plates Decorative Binding

Est: $100 - $250
Sold: $110

National Book Auctions

May 31, 2015 12:00 PM GMT
Freeville, NY, US

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Description:
Title: Baghdad & Points East
Author: Robert J. Casey - Robert Joseph Casey was a decorated combat veteran and distinguished Chicago-based newspaper correspondent and columnist.

Casey was born March 14, 1890, in Beresford, South Dakota, and attended St. Mary's College in St. Marys, Kansas from 1907 to 1911. Casey enlisted in the Army in 1918 and served at Verdun and Meuse-Argonne as an artilleryman. He earned three citations for bravery in combat before his discharge as a captain in 1919. Casey later wrote (anonymously) "The Cannoneers Have Hairy Ears: A Diary of the Front Lines" about his wartime experiences, and this book was acclaimed for its gritty and realistic depictions of an American soldier in World War I.

In 1920, Casey joined the Chicago Daily News, where he worked as a columnist and foreign correspondent for twenty-seven years. Casey wrote features, chronicled the Chicago gang wars of the era, and compiled "slice of life" stories, which were published in the paper under column titles "Vest Pocket Anthology," "Such Interesting People," and "More Interesting People."

During the 1920s and 1930s, Casey traveled through Indochina, Cuba, Pitcairn Islands and Easter Island, and many other sites, and wrote about his adventures in newspaper columns and books. In 1940, Casey covered the blitz in London and its aftermath; he was also in Hawaii and the Pacific right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December, 1941.

After his coverage of World War II in France, Africa, and the Pacific, Casey came back to Chicago to write. He had been married to Marie Driscoll, who died in 1945; in 1946 Casey married Hazel MacDonald, a reporter and fellow Chicago-based foreign correspondent he first met in 1933. After Casey's retirement from the Daily News in 1947, he continued to write books and freelance newspaper articles. In 1955, he was named Press Veteran of the Year by the Chicago Press Veterans Association. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: J. H. Sears & Company. Inc, Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1928
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xi/300 pages
Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this early work of the country of Iraq. The inscription on the front flyleaf reads "To Roy Goble / (and may Allah give / us more like him) who / somehow gets about to the / bookshops and makes the / days brighter for his old / friend. / Robert (Ahmed) Casey / Nov. 8 - 1928 / Baghdad by Goose Island."

This antique volume is bound in black cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spine and front cover. The front cover has a pictorial design stamped in gold depicting an ancient monument with a gilt circle. The book shows moderate external wear, with fading of spine lettering. The binding is firm. The pages are clean and without markings. This work is illustrated with numerous photographic plates offering views of sites around Iraq.

This book is from the library of Leroy Truman Goble, a minor figure in the Chicago literary renaissance of the 1920's. Goble was friendly with the likes of Sherwood Anderson and Ben Hecht. He was also a photographer and artist, although he seems to have worked in the fledgling advertising in Chicago during that time.

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May 31, 2015, 12:00 PM GMT

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