San Diego: C.J. Stillwell, 1889. 80pp. 12mo. Original printed wrappers. Light chipping to spine and edges, minor soiling, some slight loss to lower edge of rear cover. Text lightly toned, minor soiling; slight loss to lower corner of two leaves. Very good. Item #1663
A rare business directory for the city of San Diego, "together with the official railway, motor, steamship, and stage line time tables, calendar and tide tables, and a valuable collection of statistical and other matter of practical value and interest to all." Census data show that between 1880 and 1890, San Diego experienced explosive population growth, expanding from a town of 2,600 people to more than 16,000. The present work provides a brief history of the city, together with facts about its bay and anchorage, water and sewer system, street car lines, gas mains, fire department, paved streets, and other important information. This is followed by an alphabetical listing, by trade, of businesses in the city, as well as listings for National City and Coronado, and information on county offices. Interspersed throughout with local advertisements, such as a full-page ad for the San Diego Brewing Company. Though issued as a monthly serial, this appears to be the only surviving issue published, known in one other copy at the Bancroft Library.