We expect that we will be down through March and hope to resume sending our weekly e-catalogues in April. At that time we will be open “by appointment only”. Until then our books will not be for sale. In the meantime, you can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[AMERICANA] [CAPITOL BLDG.] MORRISON’S STRANGER’S GUIDE AND ETIQUETTE, FOR WASHINGTON CITY AND ITS VICINITY.
Washington: W. H. and O. H. Morrison, 1864.
24mo. Sixth Edition. 24mo in brown cloth in a fine hexagonal grain, over flexible boards; embossed in blind, with titling in gilt to the upper board. Illustrated with 3 folding plans of the Capitol, and 27 plate, 3 of which are folding, [Note: The LOC copy notes 28 plates, 3 of which are folding]. “Illustrated with wood and steel engravings, entirely re-written and brought down to the present time.” There is minor loss to the brown cloth.~~Morrison’s Stranger’s Guides were first issued in 1842, “with a head of Washington never before engraved”, and was issued in many variants through the remainder of the 19th century. Among the many plates in this issue is an image of the Washington Monument showing a “Pantheon Base” noting that it was part of the plan originally selected “but it is now highly probable that it will be dispensed with”. Also has three folding floorplans for the three levels of the Capitol, the presence of which has a piquancy given recent events. This 1864 edition is one of the less common issues.~~Etiquette books of the period are generally with charm, and the section on Washington etiquette is no exception. Of interest are the etiquette rules with regard to the President: “The President is accessible to private individuals who desire to see him on business”. ~.
Very Good binding.