Duncklee, Wales & Co.: (Detroit), 1850. Item #96-7687
7.5 x 5.25, leather backed printed boards, 269 pp + 22 pp ads, covers moderately worn, rubbed, soiled, corners bumped & worn, leather scuffed, lacking upper spine tip, inner hinges cracking, light staining, spotting, missing chunk on free rear endpaper, offsetting, loose signatures, tears & pencil scribble on a couple of pages. Includes a history of Detroit, info on the Michigan Central Railroad Company, locations of colored churches, list of streets and alleys, boundaries of the wards, mention of a colored school. As of 1810 the state of Michigan listed 120 free blacks and 24 slaves and by 1837 there were 379 colored citizens. The directory contains great early reference material. Some of the ads featured are: Michigan Central Rail Road Line, Michigan State Bank, Detroit Lumber Yard, J.S. Farrand Druggist & Grocer, Peninsular Mills, J.E. Martin Daguerrotypes, H.R. Andrew's Rail-Road Hotel. Scarce and desirable.