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Butters' Richmond Directory 1855

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Title: Butters' Richmond Directory 1855
Binding: Hardcover
Book/Dust Jacket Condition: Poor/No DJ as issued
Edition: Unknown
Publisher: H. K. Ellyson's Steam Power Presses
Price: $600 (USD), will entertain serious offers
SKU: BRD1855

204 pages; Poor/No DJ as Issued. 4 3/8 in. by 7 in. Ex-Library with spine lable, ascention numbers. Front cover water (?) stained which goes through to pages up to about page 10 or so. Affects only outer margins. Cover and spine soiled, top of spine chipped (missing small pieces). Boards starting to become separated from text block (see images for example). Bookplate: "Presented to ... by ..." on front free endpaper (ffe).

Although there is minor discolorations, stains, and and marginalia in places throughout the book, the inside of book is generally clean with clear text. Examples include: Light signature and word Richmond on ffe, marks/names in top margin pp 2 and 3. Spot of ink (?) about the size of a dime obscures text partially on pp 13/14 (see images) and "bleeds through" to proceeding and following pages but does not obscure text. Two smaller spots of ink (?) obscuring part of text pp 147/148 with minor bleed through on preceeding and following pp. (a partial word is obscured on p 149). A scrawl/doodle at top of page 147. Spot again in the outside margins pp 163/164 with bleed through.

Part of page 67/68 torn out: names missing between Davis, S. Nicholas' wood yard, ... and Davis Christopher, .. on p 68 although you can see the surname Davis listed, and the top part of the advertisement ( C. Ruth, Agent of Transportation) is missing on page 69 (see images).

Henry Keeling Ellyson began publishing the Richmond directory in about 1845 or 1846 and continued sporadically until at least 1856. His "history" of Richmond with its list of Richmond, Virginia inhabitants and businesses with their addresses and professions has become a sought after item and a rather scarce and desirable southern directory. The book also includes many pages of advertisements from that of The Adams Express Co. on the front cover to Jas. D. B. Evans, Importer and Dealer on the back cover and the many in between.

The present volume has been prepared for the press, with greater haste than is desirable in such a work; but the earnest solicitations of many friends for its appearance by the first day of the new year, determined the publisher to issue it without the delay necessary for its perfect compilation. While some errors and omissions may be discovered, he believes the list of names to be more complete than any heretofore published, and it is his purpose to make the next volume of the DIRECTORY still more worthy of the patronage of the public.
    January 1, 1855

  Community development, Urban -- Virginia -- Richmond -- Directories.
  Business & Economics
  Genealogy & Family History

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