Two items published for the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition, held in Nashville from May to October, 1897. 1st item: Rare, hardcover copy of the Exposition's Fine Art Catalog, listing the artists participating in the event and titles of their paintings and sculpture exhibited. Included are Lloyd Branson, Lila Cabot Perry, Henry Mosler, Carl Gutherz, Abbott Graves, Jasper Cropsey, Frank Benson, Edmund Tarbell, and more (it is noted that "many are for sale"). There is also a list of items loaned for exhibition, including foreign paintings and Old Masters. Many of the art works are illustrated in 40 black and white plates. Also included is a list of the Fine Art prize winners, pictures of the Fine Art Commissioners, and details about the Parthenon, the full scale replica built in Nashville specifically for the event and which housed the art exhibition (the Parthenon is today a permament art museum and attraction in Nashville). Textured cardboard cover with front gilt lettering. Inside of front cover inscribed "With compliments, Theo Cooley" (Cooley was the Chief of the Fine Arts Department for the Centennial and one of the commissioners). 7-3/4" x 5-1/2". 2nd item: Paperback "Official Guide to the Tennessee Centennial and City of Nashville, Marshall & Bruce Co. 1897. Includes advertisements, map of the Exposition, numerous black and white photos and illustration of Exposition buildings and various Nashville landmarks. Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway map on back cover. 8" x 5-1/2". Provenance: descended in the family of Theodore Cooley. Condition: 1st item: wear to cover and spine, some losses to spine, pages in good condition. 2nd item: wear and tears and taping to cover, internal pages in good condition.
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