1853 WASHINGTON & GEORGETOWN DIRECTORY - "COLOREDS" Are Noted in the Listings - includes 13 FULL PAGE CITY MAPS
THE WASHINGTON AND GEORGETOWN DIRECTORY, Strangers Guide-Book for Washington, Congressional and Clerk's Record, and 100 AMERICAN CITIES (which Includes 13 FULL PAGE CITY MAPS, including one of 1852 San Francisco).
Published by ALFRED HUNTER, WASHINGTON, 1853.
Copy of A.E.L. KEESE, with his signature on the front free endpaper. A.E.L. KEESE was a resident of Washington City and is listed in the Directory under: "Keese, A.E.L., police officer and collector, office at Squire Donn's House N n, near 5 w."
Hardcover book, original paper covered boards with a rebacked calf-leather spine, 6x9 inches. Pagination: vi, 112 (1-112), 125 (1-125), 80 (1-80).
COMPLETE, this copy has been collated page by page with a copy held at the University of Michigan Rare Book Room
GOOD condition, the paper covered boards are rubbed, scraped, toned / darkened, and worn through at the edges, the covers are still held together well, and made rather attractive, with the professionally rebacked calf leather spine; internally, the endpapers are heavily foxed but otherwise there is just scattered foxing here and there throughout, the text pages have a corner crease, light stain, and a bit of edge wear here and there, but overall are complete, tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked (except that a previous owner noted, in pencil, the name of A.E.L. Keese in the directory). All the maps are present. A wonderful, complete, very presentable copy.
The book is in several parts:
(1) The WASHINGTON and GEORGETOWN DIRECTORY lists every resident, along with their trade and address. Also notes if the resident is "Colored" with the notation (Col) beside their name (making this a rare guide to Pre-Civil War African-Americans living inWashington DC). 112 pages (1-112).
(3) The CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTORY lists all the Senators and Representatives for each of the 31 states that were part of the United States in 1853, the names and posts of the U.S. Foreign Ministers, the names and addresses of the Supreme Court Justices (there were 12 Supreme Court Justices in 1853, as there should be now!), and other information related to officers, directors and representatives of various Governmental Institutions such as the Smithsonian. 58 pages (numbered separately 1-58)
(4) The STRANGER'S GUIDE in WASHINGTON and ITS VICINITY, and Through the Public Buildings, briefly describes many of the Public Buildings in Washington City, from the Washington Monument to Washington DC Penitentiary (which in 1953 held 43 white males, 3 white females, 29 colored males and 5 colored females); and lists all Washington DC Government appointed workers, their position and their salary. 66 pages (59-125).
(5) 100 AMERICAN CITIES is a guide for those who want to travel from Washington DC to other parts of the U.S. It gives a brief description of each city, distances between it and various other cities, and railroad lines that run through the city. What makes the section quite wonderful and rare is it is ILLUSTRATED with 13 FULL PAGE COLOR MAPS, each printed in 1852 by Phelps, Fanning & Co. One of the maps is of SAN FRANCISCO, printed in 1852, just a few years after the beginning of the Gold Rush! The section also includes some b&w illustrations. 80 pages (1-80).
RARE original 1853 copy, complete with ALL ITS MAPS, made extra special with the ASSOCIATION to a POLICE OFFICER who is listed in this Directory.