New York: R. G. Dun & Co., 1929.
Hard Cover. The Mercantile Agency’s credit rating resource for January, 1929, mere months before the Great Crash of October, 1929. While not one of the Big Three, the Mercantile Agency is arguably the oldest American credit agency, who published their first credit ratings guide in 1859. With a list of each business and bank active in the United States at the time, broken down by state and county, with symbols to show the trade of each, along with their estimated ‘pecuniary strength’ (capital) and credit rating, from A1 to 4. Full page maps. Slight worming to the top edge of the preliminaries only, not affecting the text. Dampstaining to the top edge of the front joint, and minor tearing to the top of the front joint. Quarter red over green textured cloth, with gilt lettering. All edges speckled red. A truly impressive and exhaustive tome, now destined for an economic historian who wishes to understand the conditions leading to one of the most important economic downturns of modern history.