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1 Correct Map of Boston Harbor Giving Route and Official Summer Time-Table of the Nantasket Beach Steamboat Co. Compliments of Bouve, Crawford & Co., Makers of the Celebrated Crawford Shoe . . .
Boston Bouve, Crawford & Co. 1890 Wraps or card. Very Good 
Closed, 133 by 57 mm. Open, the map is 24 by 29.5 cm. Promo info and the said timetable on the back. Fairly scarce, with just three copies located on OCLC. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Riley Elevated Railway System
2 The Riley Elevated Railway System
Boston W. S. Best & Co., printer for The Riley Railway Construction Company 1887 First Edition Thick card bound with two brass clasps Very Good 
A rare piece of illustrated Bostoniana and railroad ephemera. Including several items, for this was a working set of documents at one time. The primary document, carrying the title given above, is a prospectus for a proposed subway system to run through Boston. Also included are a 19 page transcript of an 1891 meeting considering this proposed system, and two other prior reports. The prospectus is oblong, 11 by 14 inches, 28 by 36 cm. Unpaginated. Seven leaves of text, 32 plates. A promotional brochure for a proposed elevated railway system to run through Boston. The Riley system was a single post system; in other words, the tracks would be held aloft by a single post, much like a monorail. The brochure boasts how this system is economical, allows for greater light, and lends itself to being dressed up ornamentally. For Boston, the system offered the advantage of being well-suited to the narrower streets. Also, as a system run on electricity, it would offer advantages of cleanliness and quiet. At the time of this proposal, Boston had only horse-drawn streetcar lines. This company lost out on its bid for the electrical system to Thomson-Houston, and little was heard of the company afterward, meaning it soon went out of business. Still, the prospectus offers a great glimpse at a piece of transportation history. Of the 32 plates, six picture the system running through city streets, the seaside or a mountainous location. The remainder of the plates show the cars, including are more technical drawings of the system itself, including a cross-section of the railway cars themselves. A few closed tears of the leaves. The wraps have soiling, with scuff marks and a small hole on the spine. 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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The Account Mr. Jonathan Bubble's First Attempt at Flying, As Related by Himself, Putnam, George W.
3 Putnam, George W. The Account Mr. Jonathan Bubble's First Attempt at Flying, As Related by Himself
Lynn, Massachusetts Probably self-published 1881 First Edition Wraps. Brochure. Good 
Scarce -- no copies located on OCLC or otherwise. Inscribed by the author. 8vo. 22 by 17 cm. 16 pp., plus two illustrated plates, and wraps. Fanciful, humorous tale of flying. Gentle fun is poked at temperance, scientific ambition, and human foibles in general. With press notices pasted onto the rear of the front wrap, and short snippets of reviews of a prior work by Putnam. While this work may well have been self-published, it is a mystery how not a single copy found its way into an institutional collection, if that is indeed the case. Moderate wear to wraps. One of the two plates tipped back in. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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