The Very Rare Kansas City Illustrated
[Kansas.] Kansas City Illustrated 1876-1877
. Kansas City: Ramsey, Millett & Hudson, [1877?]. First
edition. Small quarto. Approximately 7.75 x 6.75 inches. 24 pages.
With thirty-six lithographed plates. Original blue cloth, rebacked
in later blue cloth. Ink notations on versos of several plates.
Some wear and soiling to binding, some leaves soiled, and edgeworn.
A very good copy of a scarce title. A remarkable book containing
thirty-six plates printed in purple depicting noteworthy buildings
in Kansas City.
Includes accounts of commerce in Kansas City and an historical essay stating: "We cannot make a Venice of Kansas city. Why hide her homeliness? Why strive to conceal her plainness? She must stand for the present, not draped in stately toga, standing in graceful pose on marble pedestal, but in the practical garb of labor, with hands stained by enterprising toil." A rare item. RLIN locates only the Yale and Clements Library copies, the latter with only thirty plates. Only one copy appears in the auction records of the past 30 years.
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