Bicknell, J. T. Roxbury [Boston] Directory 1856
Roxbury, MA J.T. Bicknell & Co. 1856 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 24mo - over 5 - 5¾
Roxbury, MA: Published by J.T. Bicknell & Co. Measures 5-3/4" x 3-3/4" Blindstamped brown cloth binding with gilt title and decoration on front cover; blindstamped decoration on back cover. No title on spine. 168 pp. with 73 pp. of vintage illustrated advertisements. Foldout map of City of Roxbury (Boston), 1856: by Charles H. Poole, engraved by E.A. Teulon. Book contains many pages of advertisements in front section, along with lunar tables, calendar, a fold out map, and city directory with Last name, First name and street address location. Example: "Jackman, Moses M. contractor, h. Chestnut, near Elm" The front section claims 4,000+ names with more than 1,000 changes from the 1854 volume (two years previous). The wealth of knowledge contained in this condensed book is amazing - especially for genealogy resources. Full title: [The ROXBURY DIRECTORY, Containing THE CITY RECORD, NAMES OF THE CITIZENS, A BUSINESS DIRECTORY, and A MAP OF THE CITY; With an Almanac for 1856] A very rare and important city directory containing listings for numerous prominent Boston (Roxbury) families, including Fitzgerald's, Adams, etc. A wonderful genealogy resource for the Boston area. Corners slightly bumped and rubbed. Head and tail of spine slightly chipped. Outer boards show small signs of insect damage ot back cover (three small areas) and a slight discoloration of the lower rear panel. Condition of map: foldout map is in very good condition, with no tears. Spine contains white adhesive remainder from previous owner's tape label for organizing his previous collection. Interior pages have some spots of foxing present. Background Information: Roxbury is a neighborhood within Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It was one of the first towns founded in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, and became a city in 1846 until annexed to Boston on January 5, 1868. The original town of Roxbury once included the current Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, the South End and much of Back Bay. Roxbury now generally ends at Columbus Avenue to the north and Lenox Street to the east. Listed in the City Directory: Henry H. Richardson, architect; Rev. John W. Olmstead, editor of Watchman; including 4,000+ more listings.