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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