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    The First Visual City Directory, With a Plate Depicting Independence Hall

    [Panorama]. Julio H. Rae. Rae's Philadelphia Pictorial Directory Panoramic Advertiser. Chestnut Street, from Second to Tenth Streets. Philadelphia: Julio H. Rae, 1851. First edition. Oblong folio. Approximately 9.5 x 13.5 inches. Complete with Preface and twenty-two leaves of advertisements, and sixteen inserted lithographed leaves of Chestnut Street, featuring the facades of all the buildings on both sides of the street. Five of these plates are fold-out for taller buildings, and one plate is double-page. Bound in near contemporary purple cloth backstrip over purple boards, pictorial label on front board. Original wrappers bound-in. Binding worn and soiled, hinges reinforced, free endpapers restored, wrappers mounted and repaired, one plate inserted upside-down, large double-plate is repaired, first and last leaves of text repaired. Still, a good copy of this rare and unusual item, "the first truly visual directory". (Miles and Reese). The double-page plate features Independence Hall (here as the State House), with a caption, "Declaration of Independence Signed in This Room".
    Sabin 61606. Miles and Reese, America Pictured to the Life, 75.


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