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[AMERICANA] [CAPITOL BLDG.] MORRISON’S STRANGER’S GUIDE AND ETIQUETTE, FOR WASHINGTON CITY AND ITS VICINITY.
Washington: W. H. and O. H. Morrison, 1862.
24mo. 24mo in brown cloth in a diaper pattern, over flexible boards; embossed in blind, with titling in gilt to the upper board. “Illustrated with wood and steel engravings, entirely re-written and brought down to the present time.” With 8 plates, three of which are folding: the Frontispiece view of the U.S. Capitol; the interior view of the Senate Chambers, the interior view of the House Chambers. A nice copy with only trivial wear.~~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. ~~Etiquette books of the period are generally with charm, and the section on Washington etiquette is no exception: “Evening parties are most appropriate to the winter. They are discontinued during Lent, but may be resumed afterwards.” And this pleasant custom from northern climes: “On New Year’s day the New York custom prevails in Washington of keeping open house. Not only the President and Cabinet, but many other gentlemen, official and private, have adopted it, and furnish voluntary guests with refreshments.” ~.
Very Good binding.