Publication: Grand Rapids Engraving Co, Printers, n d (ca 1905), Grand Rapids
First edition. 6 3/4" x 9" oblong, purple wrappers with titles in gold gilt on front cover, n. p. (1 page of text & 39 pp. of black and white views from photographs). Promotes Grand Rapids as a clean, beautiful, and rapidly growing city most notable for its large number of manufacturing plants ("532 all told, with an invested capital of $20,000,000") and for the furniture industry in particular. "Engaged in the manufacture of furniture are upwards of forty factories with an invested capital of $3,000,000 and an army of over 8,000 employees ...The designers of furniture in Grand Rapids make the fashions for the United States and buyers from all parts of the world come here to select their stocks." Views include street scenes, courthouse, city hall, Michigan State Soldiers Home, Masonic Home, post office, public library, churches, Kent Scientific Museum, parks, Blodgett Building, Herpolsheimer Building, Furniture Exhibition Building, and, of course several furniture manufacturers including Stickley Bros., Phoenix Furniture Co., Michigan Chair Co., Oriel Cabinet C0., and Berkey & Gay Furniture Co. The final image is for the booklet's publisher, S. H. Knox & Co., who ran a chain of 66 Five & Dime stores. Cover page edges are tanned, a few smudges in a few margins, one signature loose but laid-in, else a very good copy.
Inventory Number: 35637