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[Seattle Directory]: Choir, Melody
CHOIR'S PIONEER DIRECTORY OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE AND KING COUNTY, HISTORY, BUSINESS DIRECTORY, AND IMMIGRANT'S GUIDE TO AND THROUGHOUT WASHINGTON TERRITORY AND VICINITY
Pottsville, Pa.: Miners' Journal Book and Job Rooms, 1878. 125,[1]pp., plus single-page map. Without a leaf paginated 11-12, apparently as issued. Original printed yellow stiff wrappers, backed by cloth. Wrappers a bit soiled. Titlepage and a few following leaves strengthened in the gutter with tissue paper. Map with two small closed tears in the bottom edge. Overall, very good. In a brown silk folding box, paper label. This copy bears an early ownership signature on the titlepage of "John L. Hayden, Olympia, W.T." A scarce and early directory of Seattle and vicinity, only the second Seattle directory overall. It is denoted "volume 1" on the front wrapper, and appears to be the only number that was issued by Melody Choir, a Seattle merchant. "The author was a Seattle real estate agent and merchant who, according to his own advertisement, sold everything from books to tombstones. He took the whole Territory for his province and attempted to enliven the dull factual matter by humorous bits, such as his 'Matrimonial Market,' and by an original poem that totally belies his euphonious name. In spite of its eccentric quality, the volume was a valuable aid to business men, travelers, and home-seekers" - Library of Congress. There is much practical information for the prospective Seattle transplant, as well as advertisements for a profusion of local businesses, and a "black book" which lists the names of scores of residents who had died in the previous few years, many from diphtheria. Choir's advertisement states that this volume was printed in an edition of 3000 copies. Thi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]

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