Pennsylvania Historical Review, Gazetteer, Post-Office, Express, and Telegraph Guide. City of Philadelphia. Leading Merchants and Manufacturers [Industries of Philadelphia]
New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago: Historical Publishing Company, 1886.
Hardcover. Very good. 9.25 x 12 inches, pp [iv] 33-292, in original blind-stamped black cloth with gilt lettering reading " Industries of Pennsylvania" on upper board. Light rubbing to corners; rear board is dampstained, but interior is untouched, clean and sound. Very good. A fantastic resource for the commercial history of Philadelphia, containing more than 1,400 entries (all at least 100 words, most considerably more) for the city's merchants, manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers, professional services, etc. Each listing provides the address, history, primary personnel, and scope of activity for each business, occasionally accompanied by an illustration of the premises or products produced by company. The introductory text provides a "historical and descriptive review" of industries, commerce, and trade in Pennsylvania and includes attractive illustrations from engravings; maps; and a complete list of post, express, and telegraph offices in the state. A similar guide was published for Pittsburgh in the same year. Eleven copies located in OCLC; scarce in commerce.