Adams's New Directory of the City of Boston, Containing A General

Adams's New Directory of the City of Boston, Containing A General

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(MASSACHUSETTS). (BOSTON). Adams's New Directory of the City of Boston, Containing A General Directory of the Citizens, and A Special Directory of the Trades, Professions, &c. With A Variety of Miscellaneous Matter, and An Almanac, from July 1846, To July 1847. Boston: George Adams, 1846. [16],248,40,24pp. plus front pastedown printed in bronze on green stock and [2]pp. (including rear pastedown) printed in blue on white stock. Original cloth-backed printed boards, spine gilt. Cloth and boards moderately scuffed and worn. Bookplate of collector John J. Ford, Jr., small ink cost code, dated 7/11/60, and early ink signature on front free endpaper. Minor foxing. Overall very good. SPEAR, p.53. Marla R. Miller, "The Last Mantuamaker: Craft Tradition and Commerical Change in Boston, 1760-1840" (Amherst, 2004). George Adams's first Boston directory, the first to compete with Charles Stimpson's long-running publication. "1846 was...the first year that the city witnessed two competing directories, as George Adams published a volume that challenged Charles Stimpson's publication, continuous since 1820; in 1847, Adams bought Stimpson out. Among Adams's innovations was a business directory, organized by occupation, augmenting the alphabetical listings of previous years, a development of note both for what it represents in terms of research methodologies and possibilities, and for the presumed use of the directory in its day" (Miller, n.3). The "miscellaneous matter" of the volume includes extensive listings for Boston newspapers, government bodies, and other institutions, demographic information for Boston, and figures from the 1845 census for Massachusetts towns. The large advertising section is illustrated with numerous appealing woodcuts.

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