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Seattle. Charles H. Kittinger. No date. [ 1889]. 25 unnumbered sheets with title page, 24 pages of two-tone illustrations (most are single page views, 9 pages with multiple views per page) each facing a page of text, pictorial embossed cloth-covered boards with gilt title, red dyed edges as issued. Overall light wear and slight bowing to covers, book is staple bound and has opened to reveal cloth interior binding at front and back but the pages are tight; second illustration (Olympic Range from Seattle Harbor) has toning along two edges, diagonal crease to "Front Street South from Columbia Street" image; light pencil marks to "Schools" and Burke's Block" images; "Occidental Hotel" image has some not very noticeable pencilling with two folded page corners and pink discoloration to upper margin. Sold with condition as noted, but a fascinating view of the city, its people and its industries. An uncommon view book issued by the real estate firm of Charles H. Kittinger whose advertisement for land in Tracyton "only one hour's ride from Seattle" appears on the inside back cover; that area was named after the Secretary of the Navy (1889-1893) Benjamin F. Tracy and was positioned opposite the site of the new navy yard. Striking images in the book portray Seattle as a thriving city with all indications of wealth. This view book is issued and was likely produced by the Portland Oregon publishing firm of Leopold Samuel, whose magazine The West Shore was for many years a significant booster publication for the Pacific Northwest and beyond; at this time in the late 1800s with the comple … [Click Below for Full Description]
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