Washington [DC]: Government Printing Office, 1871, 1869, and 1867. Each directory a second edition. 8vo. 3 volumes: 128, 116; 81 pp. Extra illustrated with 16 original mounted photographs (six portraits and 10 architectural images of Washington buildings), all about 6 x 4 inches, including three signed photographs of President Ulysses S. Grant, Vice-President Schuyler Colfax, and Speaker of the House James G. Blaine in the 1871 directory (all three were serving in office at the time), other mounted photographs of Presidents Andrew Johnson (1869 directory) and Abraham Lincoln (1867 directory; the 1864 Anthony Berger image taken at the Brady Studio in 1864), plate of the U.S. Capitol from a wood engraving, folding map of Washington D.C. Photographs of the buildings include the White House, Patent Office, Post Office, Treasury Department, War Department, Navy Department, Agriculture Department, the Capitol, and the Smithsonian Institution Castle. The sixth portrait photograph is of Addison H. Laflin (1823-1878), U.S. Representative from New York, 1865-1871; this is his daughter Grace Laflin's copy, gilt-stamped on the upper board "Grace Laflin / From Her Father / March 4, 1871." Repaired scrape on rear board, small tear in lower edge of one leaf, but an impressive extra-illustrated volume in an attractive presentation binding. Contemporary presentation binding: red morocco (professional restoration to rear joint), gilt, gilt rules framing the boards enclosing an intricate ornamental rule pattern, gilt title and ornaments between raised bands on spine, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. (9763). Item #60912
Benjamin Perley Poore was a newspaperman and clerk of the committee of the U.S. Senate on printing records, where he began editing the Congressional Directory in 1867. He later served as editor of the "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress" and, as a well-connected member of the Washington political scene, compiled his "Reminiscences of Sixty years in the National Metropolis" (Philadelphia, 1886).