Illustrated Catalog of Carriages
COOK, G.D. & Co. Illustrated Catalog of Carriages and Special Business Advertiser, New Haven, Ct. [iv], 226 pp. Oblong 8vo., 170 x 245 mm, bound in original embossed brown cloth, rebacked in tan calf, spine gilt. New York: Baker & Godwin, 1860.
This illustrated catalog is a wonderful study of mid-nineteenth-century American commerce. G. & D. Cook, established in 1794, produced this catalog not only to showcase their extensive line of carriages, but also to introduce the numerous commercial enterprises in and around New Haven, Connecticut.
Ninety-seven of the 145 carriages found in the descriptive price list are illustrated. Those in search of the "Alabama Six Seat," "World's Fair Buggy," "Eureka Jump Seat," "The Gem," or "Pride of the South" would have to look no further than this catalog. In addition to carriages, the catalog also features a wide range of products from Connecticut and New York, so numerous that an alphabetical index by product has been included. Among the wide variety of goods offered, one can find advertisements for artificial heat, guano, mowing machines, time indicators, area hotels and firearms.
Each advertisement is wonderfully illustrated in the greatest detail. All advertisements are black and white engravings with the exception of the tinted plate advertisement for architect Henry Austin. To further advertise the city and its commerce, an essay has been included entitled: "New Haven in 1860. A Few Notes by a Business Man Who Loves the Town." The essay is essentially a commercial guide for the city expounding on the growing industry and population, and includes a map of New Haven and its surrounding areas. A very bright, fresh copy, binding restored, and inscribed by Cook.
ROMAINE, p. 80.
Item nr. 170108