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THE TRAVELLER'S DIRECTORY, OR A POCKET COMPANION: SHEWING THE COURSE OF THE MAIN ROAD FROM PHILADELPHIA TO NEW YORK, AND FROM PHILADELPHIA TO WASHINGTON, WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF THE PLACES THROUGH WHICH IT PASSES, AND THE INTERSECTION OF THE CROSS ROADS
Philadelphia, 1804. Half title. Antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards, leather label. Half title, titlepage, and final map leaf strengthened at edges with tissue. Pencil notes on half title, early ownership signature ("Mary Cox's Book 1816") on titlepage. Light toning and foxing. About very good. Second edition, following the first of 1802. Quite scarce, even in this second edition, and one of the first important American road guides. The text describes in detail the two routes north and south from Philadelphia, the whole giving a comprehensive picture of the route up the metropolitan corridor as it looked in 1802. There is a long, detailed description of Philadelphia, its buildings, businesses, and public institutions, as well as informative sketches of towns and counties along the route. The excellent strip maps show every part of the route in close detail. Only Colles' pioneering work (without text) in 1789 predates this rare work. The Streeter copy of this edition from $300 in 1969, a strong price at the time considering that cartographic works did not do particularly well in the Streeter sale; the only recent copy at auction brought $6000 in 2005. An important early American road guide.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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