Stranger’s Guide in the City of New York. Vol. 1 No. 1, pamphlet
Finding Reputable Businesses in the Big Apple!
Andrews and Company created this business guide to New York in 1849 after publishing two successful similar guides for Boston. It is an interesting directory with uncommonly fulsome descriptions of businesses.
Given the wild character of New York at the time, a guide for strangers from out-of-town was a valuable resource to avoid scams and violence. Among other things, Andrews describes New York’s commercial districts as “filled with commodious and elegant stores, unsurpassed for durability and style by any city in Europe, and many are objects of architectural splendor and beauty.”
Among the recommended businesses is Abraham Lincoln’s favorite clothier H. & D. H. Brooks and Co. (Brooks Brothers) at 116 and 118 Cherry; and D. Appleton, publishers of The Red Badge of Courage and other important books.
Wrappers detached with front wrapper present; light foxing; light chipping of extremities; else very good.
Andrews & Co.’s STRANGER’S GUIDE IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. CONTAINING A SAFE AND CLEAR DIRECTORY OF SOME OF THE MOST REPUTABLE BUSINESS HOUSES IN THE CITY… NY: Andrews & Co., 1849. 72p, wrappers.