Published by Washington, 1922
xx,-148pp. plus six engraved leaves of advertisements. The entire work in facsimile. 12mo. Original half roan and printed boards. Slightly rubbed. Very good. The first directory of Washington, in facsimile, particularly interesting for its listing of the lodgings for members of Congress. Originally printed in 1822. Spear makes no mention of the engraved advertisements bound at the rear, one for an engraver and the others for watchmakers. SPEAR, p.371. HOWES D234.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM29030
Published by Portsmouth, N.H., 1861
168pp. plus pp. of ads at front. 16mo. Original blindstamped cloth, expertly rebacked with new cloth spine. Some black ink stains on covers. Tanned. Else good. City directory for Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which lists the residents and includes a section on the city ordinances. Also includes a list of ships, complete with the ship's master, owners, tonnage, and place and year built. Several pages of charming local advertisements at front. This copy with the appendix (pp.169-176) containing the city officers elected in January 1861, and a presentation inscription from A.H. Brewster, possibly a relative of the publisher. SPEAR, p.302.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM23631
Published by Portland, 1880
344pp. Original cloth. Cloth bit sunned, some light scattered foxing, else very good. Lists businesses by city or town, populations statistics by county, and statistics concerning the population of the U.S., with hundreds of advertisements for local businesses and services.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM13823
Published by R.L. Polk & Co., Tulsa, 1924
28,28a-28b,-1040pp., plus two advertisement leaves. Lacking final two leaves and rear free endpaper. Thick octavo. Original half burgundy leatherette and printed green cloth, title and advertisements printed in green on the leather. Wear and rubbing to boards, spine ends worn. Hinges broken, textblock detached from binding, old amateur tape repairs to front and rear pastedowns. Several leaves loose (but present), lacking final two leaves and rear free endpaper. Two leaves with closed tears (no loss of text), a few other leaves chipped, but interior overall quite good. Bookplate and ink stamps of Guaranty Abstract Company on front board and throughout the volume. In fair condition. An early Tulsa directory, being the second city directory published by R.L. Polk & Co., independent of its previous partnership with the Hoffhine Directory Company. The directory opens with an index, a short section on the major governmental contacts, banks, churches, and other notable organizations, and then a sixty-nine-page advertising section (on goldenrod paper) touting a wide range of local products and services, including the Magneto Ignition Corporation, White's Business College, Ajax Drilling Company, Dodge Electric Company, Upton Sheet Metal Works, Martin Fleming Undertaking Company, Tulsa Printing Company, Tulsa Woven Wire Works, and R.L. Polk & Company itself, among others. An introductory note reports the population of Tulsa in 1924 as 119,889; the city's population more than doubled between 1920 and 1930. The main section of the directory contains an alphabetical listing of the residents and commercial entities of the city, followed by a street directory organized alphabetically, and ends with a classified business directory alphabetized by business type (lacking final two leaves, ending with "Taxicab Companies"). Advertisements for local businesses are peppered throughout the text, and two leaves of full-page advertisements are inserted randomly within the text. As usual in directories, the advertisers run the gamut, including accountants, banks, doctors, electric companies, florists, funeral services, insurance agents, lawyers, plumbers, and more. The present directory also contains a high concentration of businesses relating to the energy business, as Oklahoma was awash in oil and natural gas at this time. The directory also records the names and locations of the businesses located in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, the most heavily- damaged area of the city during the Tulsa Race Riots (also known as the Tulsa Race Massacre and the "Black Wall Street Massacre") of 1921. About 11,000 African Americans lived in Tulsa in 1921, and they owned almost 200 businesses, mostly in northern Tulsa. The African-American section of north Tulsa was so prosperous it earned the nickname "Black Wall Street" and "the Negro Wall Street," the latter moniker bestowed on the area by no less than Booker T. Washington himself. Pre-massacre directories included four pages of businesses and residents along Greenwood Avenue, whereas in this directory, it only runs to about two pages, including many destroyed businesses. Most entries are followed by "(c)" indicating that a "colored" person lives or works there. The Greenwood businesses include grocers, restaurants, barber shops, tailors, pharmacists, and more. Many businesses were burned down on or shortly after June 1, 1921, including the Williams Building, the Elliott & Hooker laundry, and two African-American-owned newspapers the OKLAHOMA SUN and TULSA STAR. The latter newspaper was owned and published by Andrew Jackson Smitherman, who was forced to flee Tulsa after the race riots. Some white residents blamed Smitherman and the TULSA STAR for helping to incite the riots, and destroyed both Smitherman's home and the STAR building at 126 Greenwood; the OKLAHOMA EAGLE NEWS is now listed at this address in this copy. The Dixie Theatre, a white-owned venue at 120 Greenwood is still listed here, though it was burned to the ground during the massacre. The Dreamland Theater, where many African-American residents of Tulsa gathered during the riots to develop an action plan, is also present here at 127 Greenwood; it was also destroyed on June 1. A rare issue of the TULSA CITY DIRECTORY, with apparently only two copies listed in OCLC (New York Public Library and the Tulsa City-County Library). OCLC 11209690.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM57128
Published by [San Francisco, 1898
,139,pp. 16mo. Original red pebbled cloth, front board gilt. Backstrip discolored, advertising leaves at front loosening. Internally clean. Very good. Third edition of the first general directory of San Francisco, after the very rare first of 1850, and a scarce second edition of circa 1869. This is a facsimile of the first edition, with the addition of a three-page "omitted names" section, and 1890s advertisements. SPEAR, p.337. QUEBEDEAUX 65 (note). ROCQ 7980. HOWES K134.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM44317
Published by Syracuse, 1871
307pp. including advertisements, plus population table and folding map. Original cloth. Slight fraying at extremities. Scattered foxing. Else very good. Includes brief histories of each of the united states and territories, a list and explanation of stamp duties, postal rates regulations, law maxims, and a list of weights and measures, as well as an extensive gazetteer and directory of Saratoga and Warren counties. The ads, many of them illustrated and printed on yellow paper, cover topics such as the curing of cancers, farm implements, sewing machines, medicinal springs, and book binders.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM15412
Published by Fergus Printing Company, Chicago, 1876
68,pp. Original printed wrappers. Spine worn, front wrapper loose. Internally clean. Very good. A reprint of the first Chicago business directory, with a history of the publication of that directory included in the introduction.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM28512
Published by Warwick & Sons, Toronto, 1887
,2,,-217pp., plus two plates, errata slip, and tinted folding map, as well as several in-text illustrations. Blue publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt and black. Boards somewhat rubbed, front hinge cracked. Spine extremities and corners slightly worn. Folding map repaired with tissue. Light tanning and foxing. About very good. A description and history of Ontario's western territory near Minnesota and Lake Superior, including Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, and Fort William, with a detailed account of the geology and mining around Thunder Bay. Also contains a lithographed folding map depicting the "Mineral District" on the nothern shore of Lake Superior, and a "business directory" for Port Arthur consisting of twenty-five pages of advertisements at the rear.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM51962
Published by George Muller & Company, New Orleans, 1900
239,pp. including illustrations. Original printed wrappers. Moderate edge wear, tape repairs on verso of front wrapper. Evenly tanned. Good. A directory of fraternal lodges of the Knights of Pythias in New Orleans, with an introduction encouraging members to support each other in business. Founded in 1864, the Pythian order was the first fraternal organization to be chartered by an act of Congress. Built on pro-Union doctrine, its rapid growth in Louisiana and throughout the South offers comment on the role of commerce in reconstruction.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM32160
Published by New York, 1851
82pp. plus folding map. Original cloth stamped in gilt and blind, expertly rebacked. Very good. The first reprint edition of the extremely rare first New York directory of 1786. The folding map is a facsimile of one included with the directory of 1789. HOWES F338. SABIN 54456.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM16433
Published by Printed at the Journal Office, Syracuse, 1872
417pp. including folding map and advertisements (some printed on gold or blue paper). Original stamped, pebbled cloth, spine gilt. Very slight wear to spine ends, corners bumped. Touch of early foxing, but a very good copy. An information-laden directory for two upstate New York counties, compiled by Child, who seemingly had a monopoly on Empire State county directories. Includes scores of advertisements, a lengthy business directory, and descriptions of the various towns in the region.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM32299
Published by H.H. Brown, Providence, 1855
387,pp. Contemporary half calf and boards, gilt tooled spine. Slightly rubbed. Internally quite clean. Very good. An installment of Brown's Providence directory, first issued in 1824. "Includes an historical account of Providence, and views of buildings" - Spear. Scarce. Spear locates only five copies. SPEAR, p.310.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM29361
Published by Miles & Company, Des Moines, 1869
254pp. plus folding map. Frontis. Original brown cloth boards, spine gilt. Neatly rebacked, with original backstrip laid down. Edges and corners somewhat worn, folding map split into two pieces along fold. Internally quite clean. Good plus. With many unique contemporary advertisements. Compiled by J.J. Davies. HOWES D98.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM28103
Published by Washington, 1884
,272pp. Original publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Spine worn and extremities rubbed. Text quite clean. About very good. An informative business directory and Who's Who of Washington D.C. for 1884, with an illustration at the front of the Washington Monument, "The highest structure in the world. Completed 1884." Illustrated throughout with woodcuts, showing many public buildings and monuments.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM43395
Published by Smith, Vaughan & Co., Publishers, [Wathena, 1868
,xi-xlviii,,349pp. Lacking pp. i-viii and titlepage. Large octavo. Original cloth, rebacked at an early date with portion of original backstrip laid down. Cloth rumpled, stained and worn. Rear joint cracked, front board nearly detached. Contents foxed and somewhat dampstained. Fair. A scarce directory, the NUC locating only three copies (CtY, PPL, KH1) and commenting, "No more published?" Noted in the preface as the "first History and Directory of Doniphan County, Kansas." Prints the state constitution, the inaugural address of Abraham Lincoln, a table of distances from Washington to major towns and cities, voting statistics for the presidential election of 1864, and "Doniphan County Soldiers' Register" listing all the county's men who fought in the Civil War, with many figures and much information regarding the county, state, and country. Contains numerous advertisements for merchants and industries.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM14655
Published by Isaac Harris, Pittsburgh, 1837
340,pp. Original cloth, printed paper label, recased. Extremities bumped and lightly worn. Errata slip on front pastedown, later ownership inscription of Thomas F. Kirk of Pittsburgh on front flyleaf. Text block cracked but holding, scattered foxing and soiling. Good. In a red half morocco and cloth slipcase and chemise. Pittsburgh directory for 1837, containing many other useful pieces of information, such as a gazetteer and information for travelers. The final section is a listing of businesses by specialty, starting with attorneys. SPEAR, p.295.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM49619
Published by [Lunenburg, Ma, 1834
pp. Original plain wrappers. Wrappers detached. Scattered foxing, uniform browning. Very good. A scarce, early directory for the small town of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. "Contains a numerical listing in one column and an alphabetical listing in the second column" - Spear. Extremely rare. OCLC locates only the New York State Library copy, while Spear locates one at the AAS. SPEAR, p.178. OCLC 9842938.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM29178
Published by Rand McNally & Co., Chicago and New York, 1919
54,pp. plus folding map, 21 x 28 inches, printed on both sides of the sheet. 12mo. Original printed wrappers. Minor soiling and edge wear, bottom corner of front wrapper chipped. Map detached, with a minor chip at the margin and minor wrinkling. Overall very good. A useful guide to Washington State at an important time in its development, with a detailed map of the state showing railroads, main highways and other routes. The map is printed on both sides of a large sheet, with one side concentrated on automobile routes and the opposite side featuring railroad lines, representing the burgeoning competition between the two major modes of transportation in early 20th-century America. Most of the text comprises an Index of towns keyed to the map, with hundreds of locations listed, and with notes on electrification, nearby railroads, "Indian Reservations," and more. Rare, with only one copy recorded in OCLC, in the Rand-McNally collection at the Newberry Library. OCLC 1001342764.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM56966
Published by Walter Heugh & Co., New York, 1876
,299pp. plus a total of pp. of advertisements at the beginning and end of the volume. 12mo. Original blue cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Slightest wear to spine ends and corners, else a fine copy. A most attractive and informative business directory for New York City on the eve of the Gilded Age. The directory is in alphabetical order (with an extensive index) by speciality, from acetic acid to zinc statuary, with thousands of retailers listed. Feather dealers are listed in three different categories - bed, dusters, and "military and fancy," there are a half dozen listings for burglar alarm manufacturers, and three full pages of booksellers (including Joseph Sabin) and publishers. Most useful.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM36596
Published by Cincinnati, 1867
,116pp. Illus. Original cloth-backed boards. Advertising matter adhered to front cover and rear covers. Wear at extremities. Several pages detached or loose, but complete. Good. A scarce Cincinnati business directory, described as the "second issue" in the introduction. Full of illustrated advertisements for all manner of industrial concerns, including manufacturers of silver- plate, china, paints, saws, ovens, refrigerators, pianos, etc. Also prints information of use to the businessman, e.g. U.S. bankruptcy laws, recent developments concerning the U.S. internal revenue laws, and the like. Includes a map of the Atlantic and Great Western Railway.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM22709
Published by [Philadelphia, 1819
,,cxxiii,pp. Modern half morocco. Uniformly tanned, a few faint old stamps in margins of a couple pages. Else generally very good. Scarce Philadelphia directory, including a general description of the city, statistics regarding its various districts and townships, a directory of residents, and innumerable advertisements for Philadelphia businesses, many of them illustrated with charming woodcuts. Also contains lists of physicians, nurses, bleeders, and bleeders with leeches! The preface is dated Jan. 27, 1819. Spear locates seven copies. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 45218. SPEAR, p.279.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM22743
Published by [New York, 1956
80pp. Quarto. Contemporary black cloth over padded boards, front cover decoratively tooled and titled in gilt. Minor edge wear and rubbing. Contemporary ink ownership signature of "Joan Ryan '59'" on verso of front free endpaper (likely a future graduate of the same nursing program). Internally clean. Very good. Yearbook commemorating the graduation year for the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing's Class of 1956. The cover title reads "PROFECTUS," but the first page of text seems to suggest another title reading, "Reflections on the Waters of Time," noting the publication is "Presented by the Class of 1956 Harlem Hospital School of Nursing New York City, New York." The annual is profusely illustrated with photographs and photo-collages of the nurses-in-training, including separate group shots of classes, instructors, yearbook editors, the advisory board, and more. The main section of individual senior class photographs begins with pictures of the class officers, followed by an alphabetical section of the graduates. There are also sections typical of yearbooks, such as remembrances, senior prom photos, advice from graduating seniors to the more junior classes, and more. Most of the last fifteen pages are devoted to a well-wishing section from friends and local advertisements, providing information on businesses for the area around Harlem Hospital during this time. A wonderful memento of the medical education of African- American women in Harlem during the opening years of the Civil Rights struggle.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM55456
Published by [New York, 1959
64pp. Quarto. Red textured cloth over padded boards, front cover decoratively stamped in gilt. Minor edge wear. Occasional ink notations by original owner, else internally clean. Very good. Yearbook commemorating the graduation year for the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing's Class of 1959. This copy was owned by graduating nursing student Joan A. Ryan, with her name stamped in gilt on the front cover. The initials in the cover title stand for Harlem Hospital School of Nursing. The annual is profusely illustrated with photographs and photo-collages of the nurses- in-training, including separate group shots of classes, instructors, supervisors, the yearbook committee, the head nurses, the Glee Club, and more. The main section of individual senior class photographs is arranged in alphabetical order. There are also sections commensurate with yearbooks, such as remembrances, sorority photos, the Bible Club, cartoons drawn by the students, prophecies of future success for each student, and more. The last section, about sixteen pages, is devoted to well-wishes from friends and local advertisements, providing information on businesses for the area around Harlem Hospital during this time Some of the earlier sections of the yearbook are annotated in blue ink by the original owner, Joan Ryan, identifying staff members and fellow students. In the section of graduation photographs, she comments on the marital and parental status of her fellow graduates. For instance, under Ida M. Jackman's name Ryan writes: "Engaged Married 1 Child." She evidently kept track of her fellow graduates over the course of time. She does not write anything below her own picture, which has a printed quote from Shakespeare beneath it. A wonderful memento of the medical education of African-American women in Harlem in the early years of the Civil Rights movement, owned and annotated by one of the graduates.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM55457
Published by [N.p., likely Los Angeles, 1964
28pp., profusely illustrated. Quarto. Original pictorial wrappers. Minor edge wear, a few tiny edge chips. Tiny amount of chipping to bottom corner of last few leaves. Very good. The official program for the 1964 Miss Bronze California beauty pageant, a beauty contest for single African-American women aged seventeen to twenty-five from southern California. The contest took place on September 13, 1964 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The award was given based on "the best combination of beauty, charm, poise, and personality" of "the American Negro." Each of the twenty-four contestants is pictured, posing in a swimsuit, and with brief biographical information (including hometown, occupation, talents, and physical measurements). The judges for this particular year's contest included fashion model Amber Brookman and famed singer and actress Eartha Kitt. The program contains contest rules, the list of awards, a profile of producer Howard Morehead, a photo-collage of past pageants, and a photo-illustrated roster of the contestants. In addition, the program is peppered throughout with advertisements for a variety of products and businesses both national and local. No copies listed in OCLC, though there might be a copy in Howard Morehead's archive at UCLA.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM56779
Published by B. F. Morgan, Eaton, 1875
7-192pp. Original quarter maroon cloth-backed paper- covered boards. Boards faded, slightly worn, pencil signature on front pastedown. Occasional pencil notations. Otherwise, very good. With a history of Edward Preble, namesake of the county.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM28104
Published by Elisha Harrington, Utica, 1828
99pp., plus 16pp. of advertisements and errata. Lacks the map. Original printed boards with cloth spine. Rear board lacking significant portion of lower corner. wear to spine, front hinge partially separated. Contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaf. Lightly foxed. A good copy of a rare work. An early directory for Utica, New York, listing all businesses, manufacturing, professionals, etc., in the city as of 1828. This copy bears the ownership inscription of A. Shepard, listed in the directory as "Keeper of the Utica hotel." Spear notes five copies. SPEAR, p.363.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM43801
Published by Printed by Knowlton & Rice, Watertown, N.Y., 1840
55pp. plus advertisements and index. 12mo. Original printed wrappers (chipped), rebacked, wrappers mounted on modern stiff paper. Foxed, some pencil and ink notes, else good. The first Watertown directory, with an account of early settlement, a list of the town officers, institutions, businesses and societies, and a list of the citizens. This is the only edition noted in Sabin or the NUC, the latter giving just two locations. SABIN 102096. SPEAR, p.374.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM9696
Published by E. Glover, Book and Job Printer, Columbus, 1852
,iv,288pp. plus double-page advertisement tipped in at rear. Illus. Original calf backed printed boards. Covers bit scuffed, calf rather dried. Endpapers soiled, some light scattered foxing. Good. A rare Ohio directory, including listings of railroads, banks, benevolent associations, advertisements, and the like, with an amazing assortment of illustrated advertisements covering a full range of merchants and professions. Not in Spear or Thomson.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM20544
Published by S. Manning, [Philadelphia], 1807
pp. Modern half brown morocco, green gilt morocco label. Internally clean. Very good. The directory lists the names, addresses, and occupations of the city's inhabitants; land and water transportation information, including routes and times of departure; city and state government information; private association and lodge information; auctioneers; and locations and times of mail pick up and delivery. "Contains an account of Philadelphia" - Spear. SPEAR, p.277. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 13375.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM29004
Published by J.H. Benham, New Haven, 1851
,xxiv,-400,pp. (including pastedowns) plus one plate. Publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Hinges cracked. Cloth moderately worn. Light stains and foxing in outer leaves, toning throughout. Ex-lib., with institutional plate on titlepage. Bookseller's inkstamp and bookplates of John J. Ford, Jr., and Benjamin DeForest Curtiss also on titlepage. Overall very good. An extensive business directory for Connecticut, arranged in advertising blocks and indexed by both name and type of business. A fifteen-page appendix for New York firms is also included. A number of advertisements are illustrated, several with full-page engravings. Spear lists two copies. Scarce. SPEAR, p.112.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM36809