Washington [DC]: Government Printing Office, 1871. Second edition. 24 cm. 128 pp. Bound with: CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTORY FOR THE THIRD SESSION OF THE FORTIETH CONGRESS... Second edition. 1869. 116 pp.; and with CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTORY FOR THE SECOND SESSION OF THE THIRTY-NINTH CONGRESS... Second edition. 1867. (82), (2) pp. Presentation binding. Full red morocco, with raised bands and gilt tooling on spine and boards, gilt inner dentelles, some expert professional restoration to the spine, at the rear joint, and to a small spot on the rear board, short closed tear at the foot of page 23, slightly affecting a letter or two. This work has been extra-illustrated with original photographs laid down (6 portrait photos, 10 architectural images), including three signed photos of President Ulysses S. Grant, Vice President Schuyler Colfax, and Speaker of the House James G. Blaine [all three were in office in 1871], photos of several major Washington DC buildings (the Patent Office, Post Office, Treasury Dept., War Dept., Navy Dept., Agriculture Dept., the Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution Castle, and the White House), a woodcut of the U.S. Capitol, an 1870 folding map of the city of Washington, and photos of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, and Addison H. Laflin. Laflin (1823-1878) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from New York in 1865 and served until 1871. This is his daughter Grace Laflin's copy, with her name in gilt on the front cover: "Grace Laflin From Her Father March 4, 1871." The Abraham Lincoln image is the one produced by Anthony Berger at the Brady studio in Washington DC in 1864, and the one later used for the image on the five dollar bill; the other portraits also appear to be from the Brady studio. Item #60912
Benjamin Perley Poore was a newspaperman, and clerk of the committee of the U.S. Senate on printing records, where he began to edit 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," which was published in 1886.