Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses. Josiah W. Heal.
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses
With 24 albumen images, 400+ ads, 2 full page chromos, and 55+ woodcuts

Photographic Views of Lynn, Mass., with Historical Sketches from 1629 to 1879 ; also, A List of Enterprising Business Houses

C. E. Cook. Lynn [ Massachusetts ]: Josiah W. Heal [ 1879 ]. First Edition. [100] pages. Not paginated. Oblong 12 x 9 inches. New leather spine and corners over original cloth boards gilt. Fifty thin pasteboard leaves affixed to binding structure with linen hinges. The entire work is dampstained, ranging from very light marginal staining to heavier at the foreedges with some visual impact to content. Twenty-four leaves have a single 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 albumen photograph by photographer C. E. Cook affixed to the pasteboard mount. The verso of each mount is full of advertisements. Two leaves offer four pages of information about Lynn and it's statistics/goverance. The other leaves are advertisements on verso and recto. The front pastedown endpaper contains an extra page of advertisements pasted down. Over 420 advertisements in all. Bursts of color are found unexpectedly as one leafs through. Two full page chromolithographic advertisements, seven pages with 2-color ink printing, and over fifty-six woodcuts in the text. One printer highlighted his press, managing to get two leaves into the book - these leaves have slightly different formats and a finer degree of detail. A detailed description is available for prospective buyers. Good. Boards. [26726]


A complicated printing project, and one which we expect was printed incrementally as orders were placed. An advertisement from the publisher in this copy notes that Heal has 500 images of Lynn and surrounding Boston that are available as prints. It is an easy extrapolation that some copies were put together for some customers with slightly different focuses and content.

This work was produced in at least two different editions, with very different content.
1) [ as here ] A business booster book with 24 original albumen illustrations and many pages of business advertisements. OCLC/Worldcat notes eight examples with [71] pages, [24] pages of plates (or 95 pages total). Our example, with 100 pages (plus extra ad page), represents a rather more complete example.
2) Just a photograph album with 23 glazed collotype images with captions, and rounded image corners, each surrounded by decorative borders BUT WITH NO SEPARATE ADS and blank versos. (An example is at the Clark in the David Hanson collection).

In 2003 Charles Wood offered a copy of 1) for 3,500US noting "These ‘booster books’ were never common; this is the first one I have seen on the market in at least a decade." We are aware of two other copies in the last 4-5 years, both with significant condition issues due to the poor production values. Swann's sold one in pieces in 2014 for 4,750US, noting 34 albumen images. The image count is unusual, perhaps a file copy with additional images sold in some copies but not others. We noticed several differences in both print ads and the photographs when comparing our copy to a video of that 2014 example.

A substantial and impressive undertaking. Even with condition issues a scarce work worthy of inclusion in any collection of business advertising, photographically illustrated books, or local histories of Massachusetts.

Price: $2,000.00