4.75 x 6 inches, 16 panels of photolithographic views, accordion-folded into brown cloth boards decorated in gilt. Edgewear, two sets of facing panels with a small spot of abrasion where the pages stuck together, otherwise very good.
Uncommon view book, dating from a time when Knoxville's population was only a little over 40,000. Includes a double-page bird's eye view of the city; street scenes, many small inset views of individual churches, schools, hotels, residences, and office buildings; University of Tennessee campus; Island Home Park, Knox Business College; Knoxville Iron Company, and more. A single page of text on the rear pastedown includes the eyebrow-raising assertion that "possibly no city in the world is more cosmopolitan than Knoxville." Lest any potential visitor be unsettled by this promise of pluralism, they are quickly reassured that "there is no Southern city with so small a percentage of colored population. Our colored people are, as a rule, industrious, self-respecting, good citizens."