Baltimore: N. Murray, 1887. Hardcover. Theodore R. McKeldin's copy from his library with his bookplate. McKeldin was the mayor of Baltimore twice and the Governor of Maryland from 1951 -1959. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor chipping to gilt on front cover. Light browning to margins. Occasional flecks of ash to margins of pages, but clean overall. Some pages have been opened a little unevenly, resulting in short tears along the top edges. 176 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.
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Relay, MD: Calvert Distilling Company, 1940, 1941,1942. Softcover. A rare internally published bulletin from this former Maryland distillery. The Calvert Distilling Co. bought the Maryland Distillery in 1934. The Maryland Distillery was established in 1933 as the first legal whiskey still in Maryland after the repeal of prohibition. This publication was intended as a manual for the distillery's tour guides. It is a dense and lengthy document covering all aspects of the distillery's operations. There are many charts, tables, and diagrams on blending, flavoring and concentrations. There are also sections on government regulations, cleanliness and sanitation, and more. Calvert's Distilling was later taken over by Seagram's in 1939 and they continued producing Calvert Whiskey at this location. This publication was produced by mimeograph and has several sections individually paginated, including addenda dated 1941 and 1942. The entire publication has more than 100 pages. In a softcover report cover that is quite soiled, stained, and creased. Internal pages are very good although some of the print is light. With distillery's library stamp on first page. Very Good.
Baltimore: Richardson and Bennett, 1871. Hardcover. SCARCE. A very attractive volume, despite being ex-library. Illustrated by Handann Brothers. Includes a history of the city by Brantz Mayer and over seventy biographical descriptions of notable Baltimorean men, each illustrated with an original photograph. Black full leather boards with gilt title, decoration, and raised bands to spine. Boards are bevelled with gilt borders and decoration. This book has been expertly rebacked with the original spine mounted on the new leather spine. White library call number to spine, partially removed. Library stamp to bottom of title page and last page of text with call numbers to copyright page. Minor bumping to corners and minor wear to edges of boards. Gilt dentelles, full gilt edges, and later marbled endpages. Later silk headbands. Interior is very clean overall, though there are a few spots of foxing to several pages. Archival repairs to gutters of a few pages. Old pencil inscription erased from front endpaper, dated 1871. Illustrations include original tissue guards. Tight binding. 562 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.
Baltimore: Turnbull Brothers, 1874. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. A detailed history of the city beginning with Captain John Smith’s exploration of the Patapsco River and ending with the great Baltimore fire of 1873. As dry as it may sound, The Chronicles not only includes the commonly known timeline of events; it is enhanced with details about the residents, local businesses, plays, fashion, and more. He explains how the Canton neighborhood got its name, cites when the streets were first paved and when wallpaper was first used in Baltimore, and even discusses dental transplant trends. According to Scharf, his research came not only from journals, newspapers, and books, but “from musty records on the brink of decay, from odd places and unexplored corners, which by accident of fire or flood or time’s hard touches, might otherwise have been forever lost to us” (page viii). A noted historian of his day, Scharf (1843 – 1898) was once called “Baltimore’s Venerable Bede”, and his work continues to be of great value due largely to the inclusion of passages from primary source documents. Very good in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Minor darkening, chipping and cracking to leather on spine. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Clean interior. Full marbled edges with marbled endpapers. Index, 756 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company, 1928. Hardcover. Number 796 of 975 copies signed and numbered by the author. From the library of Theodore R. McKeldin, Governor of Maryland 1951-59, with his bookplate. This is an enjoyable and lighthearted book about many aspects of Baltimore's rich history. The author weaves together contemporary walking tours of the city with the history of relevant historical events and persons. Bound in cream cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt and black illustration of an entry door on front cover. Light soiling and darkening to spine. Interior pages show slight aging but quite clean. Numerous black and white illustrations and photographs throughout. Very good condition. 4.5 x 6.5 inches. 336 pages. BALT/041519. Very Good.
Baltimore: Archives and Musuem Section, Records Management, 1971. Paper Wrappers. 4to. SCARCE. A reproduction of an atlas from 1877 surveyed and published under the direction of G.M. Hopkins, C.E. in Philadelphia. This is the second edition of the reproduction. Spiral bound with beige paper covers and black title to front wrapper. Clean, bright interior filled with maps. One prong on binding is pulling loose, else fine. Unpaginated (approximately 70 pages). BALT/052218. Very Good.
Baltimore: J.F. Weishample, Jr., 1884. Hardcover. Sixth revised edition. Includes a general history of the city as well as brief descriptions of the parks, monuments, theatres, schools, churches, and more. Illustrated. Modern black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Soiling to half-title page and minor browning to margins. An interesting guide book. 51 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.