Comments on an unusual Goodall item: “The Art of Carving,” by Thomas M. Hilliard, 1899

On page 39 of his year-2000 book on the Goodalls, Mike Goodall makes reference to four “Bijou Books for the Home,” in his chapter on Goodall publications.  The details he provides are somewhat sketchy, but some time ago I came into possession of a copy of one of them, namely The Art of Carving, by Thomas M. Hilliard.  The title page reads:

The Art of Carving

[device]

Thomas M. Hilliard

Waldorf-Astoria

New York

The verso of the title page shows that the 35-page booklet was “made for” Goodall by Livermore & Knight Co., of Providence, Rhode Island.  The booklet was beautifully produced and printed.  The format is horizontal, and although almost all of the Goodall card-game rule-booklets are roughly the size of a playing card, The Art of Carving is a little bigger.

Now, there is another edition of the book (not in my collection) which states the following on the title page:

The Art of Carving

Thomas M. Hilliard

Waldorf-Astoria

New York

Gorham Mfg. Co.

Silversmiths

A digitized version of it is easily findable on the internet, on the Internet Archive website. The Gorham edition, on the verso of the title page, states “Copyrighted 1899.”  I am reasonably sure that the Gorham version preceded the Goodall version.

There are significant differences between the two books.  I may discuss this further in a future post.

My own copy is in heavy paper, with endpapers.

I spent a while on the internet doing research on Hilliard and found a noticeable amount of information about him.  Among the hotels Hilliard worked for were the Waldorf-Astoria and the Vanderbilt.  (He was manager or managing director of those two.)  He was also president of the Hilliard Hotel Company.  His obituary in the New York Times (October 2, 1922) states that he was born in Ireland.  It appears that he was 57 when he passed away.  (One source shows 57, and the Times states that he was born “57 years ago.”)

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