Lowell Massachusetts 1884 Albertype photographic book 30 plates gravureBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Lowell Illustrated. by Frank P. Hill.
(Massachusetts Mill Towns of 19th century).
Issued 1884, Lowell, MA. Photographs by N.C. Sanborn, Lowell. Oblong quarto format.
Albertype plates printed Boston by Forbes Co.
Thirty beautifully printed photogravure type plates (lacks the first plate- Lowell in 1834).
Embossed and blind stamped cloth, front cover gilt titled.
Beautifully printed book with fine plates of this old New England industrial city. Extensive text describes the plates in detail, priced according to condition (lacking the first plate).
Mostly clean & sound, front joint cloth splitting, cloth faded, slightly shaken, couple plates display some light age spotting, scarce 19th century city photographic study in any condition.
Lowell was started in the 1820s as a money-making venture and social project referred to as "The Lowell Experiment", and quickly became the United States' largest textile center. Lowell is considered the "Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution", as it was the first large-scale factory town in the country*. (*Second Life Books)