OOh, are you in for a treat.
The Colonel, who knows me and loves me anyway, brought me this lovely treasure the last time he visited, a Collier’s Cyclopedia of Social and Commercial Information, copyright 1882, by P.F. Collier.
You don’t even KNOW how cool this book is.
But you WILL.
I’m going to start sharing important tidbits from this disintegrating volume in this space, because, as noted in the Preface:
“At no period in the history of the United States has the necessity for a cheap but perfect Cyclopedia of Useful Knowledge been so imperative.”
Rest assured that “the Publisher has spared no expense in editing and illustrating, while the volume, for beauty, finish and cheapness, is a marvel of taste and progress”.