Baltimore: Fielding Lucas, Jun'r, . Hardcover. This scarce book on the history and development of Baltimore is an important and engrossing piece of Americana. It provides detailed information on the geography, topography, government, civic and religious institutions, and much more about Baltimore as it existed early in the 19th century. The detail extends even to providing the names of the current officers, proprietors, and holders of other positions. There are forty-two engraved plates of various buildings, structures, and monuments. The book also still has the very uncommon fold-out map in the rear. John H. B. Latrobe (1803–1891) was an American lawyer, writer, architect and inventor. Latrobe was also a member of the American Colonization Society, and succeeded Sen. Henry Clay as its president (1853-1890). He also helped found the American Bar Association and the Maryland Historical Society. Latrobe also achieved some distinction as a poet and painter, and was one of the 3-judge panel that awarded Edgar Allan Poe a prize for his “Manuscript in a Bottle”, which was published in Baltimore’s Sunday Visitor paper and helped launch the writer’s career. The publisher, Fielding Lucas Jr.,(1781–1854) was a cartographer, artist and a publisher of prominence during the early 19th century. He is known as the earliest successful commercial map-publisher in the city of Baltimore. The first of his atlases was published in 1815–17. His maps and atlases are still highly collectible today. Bound in contemporary quarter brown leather with brown marbled paper boards. Gilt title and ruling to the rebacked spine. Some scuffing bumping and soiling but still very good. Interior pages and plates have light foxing otherwise very good condition. The fragile map is intact. An exceptional copy of this book. 3.25 x 5.5 inches. 249 pages + plates. BALT/072618. Very Good.
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Harrisburg, PA: The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1947. Hardcover. Very good blue cloth 8vo., gilt device to cover, gilt titling to spine. Corners lightly bumped, wear to spine ends. Interior is in lovely condition; tight and clean, no foxing. Gray colored paper. Bibliography, index, 195 pages. Maryland History. Baltimore. BALT/6053. Very Good.
Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1962. Paperback. 8vo. Off-white side stapled paper wrappers with red title to front wrapper. Minor crease to center of pamphlet where it appears someone had folded it in half. Includes illustrated frontice piece of Radcliffe who became the president of the society in 1938 and was previously the recording secretary. Interior is clean and bright. 14 pages. BALT/121014. 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 beveled 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: John D. Toy, 1854. Paperback. 8vo. SCARCE. Very good in yellow paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor chipping and browning to edges of wrappers. Minor rubbing to front wrapper. Wrappers are slightly brittle. Interior is clean and bright. 23 pages. BALT. BALT211101. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. Cloth Boards. Oblong 4to. "In this revised and expanded edition of his popular book, Mark B. Miller puts Baltmore's past and present side-by-side, showing historic photograps of the city next to recent photographs taken from the same vantage point" (jacket). Black cloth boards with blue metallic title to spine. Pristine interior with many illustrations. Tight binding. Black illustrated dust jacket with minor wear to edges and minor scuffing to panels. 234 pages. BALT/121218. Fine in Near Fine dj.
San Diego: Thunder Bay Press, (2001). Hard Cover. This book "pairs photographs over a century old with specially commissioned views of the same scene as it exists today, showing how Baltimore has evolved and changed and alos how it has preserved its heritage" (jacket). Pictorial paper covered boards with red title to front board and to white spine. Pristine interior with photographic illustrations on every page. Illustrated dust jacket with red title to front panel and to white spine panel. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Index. 144 pages. BALT/041317. Fine / Near Fine.
Baltimore: Icarus Books, (1992). Paperback. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Very good+ in white and black illustrated paper wrappers with black and red title to front wrapper and red title to spine. Light foxing to front free end page. Else is clean and bright. Author's inscription is to the verso of the half title page. 70 pages. BALT/060115. Very Good+.
E. John Schmitz & Sons, 1974. Paperback. SCARCE. Illustrated side-stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Light soiling to covers with a few minor creases along spine. Clean, bright interior with illustrations. An addendum for The Unheralded Heroes of Baltimore's Big Blazes, which was originally printed in 1969. This including pages 213 - 240 and covers the years 1969 - 1974. Later printings of The Unheralded Heroes include these additional pages. Size: thin quarto. BALT/1228215. Fine.
Towson: Baltimore County Public Library, 1971. Paper Wrappers. SCARCE. Oblong side-stapled paper wrappers with brown title to front panel. A few smudge marks to wrappers and light creasing to corners. Clean, bright interior with photographic illustrations and maps. Includes 150 landmark buildings and information about restoration, preservation, and upcoming development plans. 71 pages. BALT/012909. Very Good.
Towson: Baltimore County Public Library, 1971. Paper Wrappers. SCARCE. Oblong side-stapled paper wrappers with brown title to front panel. A few smudge marks and stains to wrappers. Staining to top corners of some pages - but clean, bright interior overall with photographic illustrations and maps. Includes 150 landmark buildings and information about restoration, preservation, and upcoming development plans. 71 pages. BALT/072718. Very Good.
Baltimore: Friends of Maryland's Olmsted Parks and Landscapes, (1987). Paperback. Reprint of 1904 edition. Octavo. Black and white illustrated paper wrappers with green title to spine and front cover. Clean overall with a few spots of foxing last pages. Light wear to edges of wrappers. 120 pages with 3 maps in pocket to rear. BALT/021519. Very Good.
Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980. Hardcover. Size quarto. "Sherry H. Olson captures the heritage in a lively and well-illustrated account that details the tempo and pattern of the city's growth and development ... She points out the ongoing search for unique solutions to such common urban problems as racial unrest, labor disputes, and conflict between public and private interests that makes Baltimore someplace special to its residents, as well as to historians and students of urban development ..." Grey cloth covered boards with blue title to front board and to spine. Slight bumping to spine ends. Clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. Bookplate featuring a gnome to front pastedown. Blue illustrated dust jacket with yellow and white title to front panel and white title to spine. Wear including a few chips and small tears to edges of dust jacket. Index, 432 pages. BALT/051718. Near Fine / Very Good.
Boston: Dana Estes & Company (Estes and Lauriat), (1898). Hardcover. First Edition. All eight full page black and white illustrations by Shute remain, some with foxing. Very good in the original red cloth boards with illustration and white title to front cover. White spine titling has chipped away, but embossed title remains. Dampstain to edge of rear board and small spot to spine. Minor wear to hinges, spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Occasional spots of foxing, soiling, and browning to interior. It appears this book was once used to aid in the drying of flowers, and some browning from this process remains. Previous ownership stamp to front pastedown. An attractive book despite noted condition flaws. 173 pages. CHILD/071819. Very Good.
Baltimore: Monarch Services, Inc., No Date. Paperback. Very good 4to., in original side stapled color pictorial wrappers. Light smuding to wrappers, fading to rear cover. Side-stapled, pages are tightly bound. Clean interior (except for previous owner's name to first page), light fading to page edges though text is bright. Profusely illustrated with b/w photos, maps, etc. Baltimore. BALT/12043. Very Good.
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc., 1941. Hardcover. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. FIRST AUTOGRAPHED EDITION. 8vo. Beige cloth backed blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor foxing and browning to to spine and minor soiling to boards. Minor bumping to edges. Browning to end pages. Author's signature to front free end paper. Text is clean and bright. Index, 342 pages. BALT/071019. Very Good.