The pamphlets are bound together in half morocco with blue marbled boards [lightly rubbed]. Overall Near Fine.
a. SKETCH OF JOHNSON COUNTY, IOWA: WITH A REVIEW OF ITS EARLY HISTORY AND SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT, ITS EDUCATIONAL, MANUFACTURING, AGRICULTURAL, AND OTHER INTERESTS. Iowa City: Republican Steam Printing. November, 1880. 23pp. Original blue printed wrappers with gilt design. Near Fine.
b. THE IOWA STATE PRESS ANNUAL FOR 1880. ILLUSTRATED. A LOCAL STATISTICAL AND COMMERCIAL RECORD PRESENTED TO THE PATRONS OF THE PRESS. Iowa City: Jno. P. Irish.  pp, illustrated. Original printed blue wrappers. Very Good plus.
c. THE IOWA STATE PRESS ANNUAL FOR 1881... Iowa City: Jno. P. Irish.  pp, illustrated. Original printed blue wrappers. Very Good plus.
d. IOWA STATE PRESS ANNUAL FOR 1882... Iowa City: Jno. P. Irish.  pp, illustrated. Original printed blue front wrap with ornate gilt and color front and rear wraps. Very Good.
e. IOWA STATE PRESS ANNUAL. ILLUSTRATED. 1883... Iowa City: A.J. Hershire & Co.  pp, illustrated. Original printed blue front wrap with ornate gilt and color front and rear wraps. Very Good.
f. IOWA WEATHER SERVICE ANNUAL. ILLUSTRATED. 1883. Iowa City: A.J. Hershire & Co.  pp, folding chart measuring 8" x 12" entitled, "Rain-Fall in Iowa. For the lustrum 1876 to 1880. For each month and for the year." Original gilt and color pictorial wrappers. Near Fine.
g. IOWA STATE PRESS PICTORIAL ANNUAL FOR 1884. Iowa City: A.J. Hershire & Co.  pp. Original gilt and color pictorial wrappers. Near Fine.
h. IOWA STATE PRESS PICTORIAL ANNUAL FOR 1885. Iowa City: A.J. Hershire & Co.  pp. Original gilt and color pictorial wrappers. Near Fine.
i. IOWA STATE PRESS PICTORIAL ANNUAL FOR 1886. Iowa City: A.J. Hershire & Co.  pp. Original gilt and color pictorial wrappers. Near Fine.
j. IOWA. "THE AGRICULTURAL EMPIRE OF THE WEST." JOHNSON, THE BANNER COUNTY OF THE STATE. IOWA CITY. Laid in.  pp, folded, early illustration of Iowa State University. [Iowa City? 1880s?] Light dust and toning. Very Good.
The contents of the Sketch of Johnson County originally appeared in The Iowa City Republican and were later published as a pamphlet by the Iowa City Board of Trade for the use of "all citizens desirous of furthering the interests of Johnson County and vicinity."
The Iowa State Press was founded by Richard H. Sylvester in 1860 as a weekly Democratic newspaper. John P. Irish became editor in December 1864 and later took over ownership. Irish moved to California in 1882, and A.J. Hershire bought the business later that year. It is unclear when the Press began issuing the Annuals. As of October 2014 OCLC notes five institutions holding copies, all of which are dated between 1880-1886.
The Annuals contain ornately detailed engravings by well-known artists. They contain lunar calendars, general and historical articles, the names of local government officers, voter information, and many advertisements of local businesses. Among the many artists whose works are featured are Mary Ellen Edwards [1838-1934]; Granville Perkins [1830-1895]; Harry Fenn [1837-1911]; Edmond Adolphe Rudaux [1840-1914]; F.O.C. [Felix Octavius Carr ] Darley [1822-1888]; and many others.
The illustrations include romantic Victorian scenes, Harper's Ferry at Maryland Heights, maritime scenes, mountain and forest scenes, a frontier confrontation with Indians, young children and babies, an old fashioned southern Christmas scene with black servants, a maritime battle scene of the Lexington of the Seas, and much more.
Sketch: OCLC 6349790  [as of October, 2014]. Iowa State Press Annuals: OCLC 10933401  [as of October, 2014]. No citations found for the "Iowa" flyer. Item #31431