WORLD'S FAIR - ST. LOUIS. History of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Comprising the History of the Louisiana Territory, the Story of the Louisiana Purchase and a Full Account of the Great Exposition, embracing the Participation of the States and Nations of the World, and other Events of the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904... With an Introduction by Walter B. Stevens... Saint Louis, U.S.A. Universal Exposition Publishing Company, 1905.
Folio (13 4/8 x 10 2/8 inches). Illustrated throughout "with more than four thousand engravings from photographs by William H. Rau, official photographer, Jessie Tarbox Beals and George Stark, with portraits of National, State, and Foreign Commissioners, Exposition Officials and Distinguished Visitors, by J.C. Strauss, Kandeler Brothers, Murillo Studio and others" (title-page) (some leaves loose). Original green bevelled cloth, gilt.
The era of modern world's fairs began with the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition in London. The New York exposition, as well as more successful fairs in Europe, perpetuated the legacy, however, and in 1876, Philadelphia celebrated the centennial of U.S. independence with an elaborate world's fair called the Centennial International Exhibition. In 1904 the Louisiana Purchase International Exposition commemorated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. Spread over 1,271 acres in Forest Park, the St. Louis exposition covered nearly twice the area of the 1893 Columbian exposition. It attracted 20 million visitors (some drawn by a popular song of the day, Meet Me in St. Louis, Louie), earned a modest profit, and hosted the 1904 Summer Olympics.