Springfield, Mo. Printed at the Office of the Patriot-Advertiser, 1878. [iii]-273pp. plus folding map and two inserted advertisements, one printed on blue paper and one printed in red on cream paper. Contemporary half blue calf and blue cloth boards, spine gilt. Cloth rubbed, worn at corners and spine ends. Springfield bookbinder's ticket on front pastedown: "C.B. McIntire." Lacks front free endpaper. Two three-inch closed tears in titlepage with no loss. Some offsetting onto titlepage, else quite clean internally. Very good overall. Item #WRCAM48479
A thorough and informed history, and detailed directory, of this town in southwest Missouri. Nearly two-thirds of the text is comprised of Escott's history and description of Springfield, including much on the Civil War. Into this history he weaves biographical information about pioneers, prominent citizens, and business people, and descriptions of civic organizations. There are also a number of advertisements for local businesses. The folding map, printed on pink paper, is a quite detailed depiction of the two communities. Rather scarce in the market. HOWES E175, "aa."