Providence Rhode Island City & Business Directory 1830 rare book w/ occupationsBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Book, Americana, New England, Rhode Island, Providence, City Directory, Business Directory, Period Advertising).
The 1830- 31 Providence Directory Containing Names of the Inhabitants, Their Occupations, Places of Business, and Dwelling Houses, with Lists of the Streets, Lanes, Wharves, &c. Also, Banks, Insurance Offices, and Other Public Institutions.
Published 1830, Providence, Rhode Island by H.H. Brown.
150, 5 pages. Text in English. Period advertising at rear.
Includes a lengthy 26 page Historical section at the beginning which includes an early reprint of letters to and from George Washington around his visit to the city in 1790 up to a long list of details regarding a huge 1825 Fire which destroyed numerous businesses and almost a large part of the city (if not for the wind shift).
Within are found the residents whom are Black, and referred to as "free colored", indicating they were not slaves. However, interestingly, below this are listed "Aliens" (evidence of other world visitors?!), Blind, Deaf and Dumb and finally, 4 slaves. Every person also has their occupation listed, and some are fascinating, like a "mantua-maker", a drayman, preceptress's, etc. Included is a brewer, numerous widows, traders, coppersmiths, coopers, a cordwainer, reed-makers, etc.
Lettered paper wrappers, text set within simple ornamental rule. Book opens to title page, early owners book plate inside front cover.
Item is physically old and shows in spots heavy signs of handling and age. Book spine has been amateur functional repaired in the past with a cloth book tape, please see photos. Early embossed library stamp to title page.
Binding well age worn, covers rubbed with corner loss, book was clearly carried about in the past, top corner of text block bumped with small edge chipping faults, early owners name repeatedly written so as to leave no question of ownership.
Text block paper is toned, light to moderate scattered age spotting, edge staining, corner tip flaws, etc., but still internally fairly well preserved, still tight and sound as a book.
Still attractive on the shelf. This early paper bound guide book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this antique item survives.
Book Measures c. 6 3/4" H x 4 1/2" W.