Saco: L.O. Cowan and A.A. Hanscom, Publishers and Printers, 1849. 12mo. Original printed wrappers, stitched, 108pp. An extremely attractive copy, with just a bit of wear to lower blank corners, Very Good plus. With the signature in ink, "W.S. Dennett, Saco, Me." Dennett was a prominent Saco resident in the mid- to late 19th century.
This scarce book is "the first directory ever published of Saco and Biddeford." It contains "historical and statistical information, names, residences and occupations of the inhabitants, business cards," and advertisements from local merchants; with material on the early cotton manufactures and detailed statistical descriptions of the York and Laconia Companies, including an extraordinary list of female employees and boarding house numbers. A concluding 14-page section of business ads is printed.
Spear 326 [5 locations, only one of which is in Maine]. OCLC 40649831 [5- two at the University of Maine] as of July 2018. Item #26735