When I see “D.H Talbot” marked on books, I know I am looking at a survivor that went through the catastrophic library fire of 1897. The book has battle scars, to be sure, but that has not dulled the vibrant illustrations.
"Perhaps the most shocking loss was the destruction of approximately one-third of the 4,200-volume Talbot Collection. Donated to the library in 1890 by D .H . Talbot of Sioux City, these books constituted one-sixth of the library’s total collection and nearly equaled in value everything else held by the library. Talbot’s donation included works in natural history, explorations, voyages, travel, and biography, and also contained a number of books from the early sixteenth century. Of the volumes saved, many were damaged by fire or water and others were too charred to rebind. Things could have been worse, however. Closely shelved in one corner of the library room, the Talbot books had been surrounded by an eight-foot pine partition. Behind it were the only book cases left standing; a falling roof had overturned all the others in the library."
Source - Read More about the 1897 fire.
See it in the catalog QK7 .B87
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