Brooklyn: "The Union" Steam Presses, 10 Front Street, 1864. 1st Edition. [6 (blank)],  - 189, [7 (blank)] pp. T.p. printed in red & blue. Illustrated with a folding "Plan of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and adjacent Grounds as prepared for the Brooklyn and Long Island Fair. In aid of the U.S. Sanitary Commission...," which describes the purposes of the various rooms and their amenities including the bridge leading over Montague Street leading to the Machinery Dept. & the New England Kitchen sections; following in the text is a folding "Plan of 2d Floor of the Brooklyn Academy of Music..." describing the uses of that area for the Fair. Decorative initial capital letters at chapter beginnings. 8vo. 9-1/4" x 6-1/8". Original publisher's green cloth binding, designed sharply stamped in blind, title gilt stamped to front board. Binding signed, in blind, to bottom of front board, "E. Walker & Sons Binders, New York" Previous owner name on the front endpaper, that of Brooklyn historian Thos. W. Field; title page with the owner name-stamp of collector George Brush M.D., U.S. Navy; in service as a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894. Binding with a little edge & tip wear; contents with old dampstain to the inner top gutter, not obtrusively for most of the text; old crease line to the bottom corner of the first few leaves; a little tearing at the attachments for the plates. Overall Very Good, if not slightly better. Item #49649
Contents with the history, gestation & purposes of the Fair, which at its conclusion nearly doubled the expected amount of monies expected to be raised; after the fair concluded, any unused goods were auctioned. The text also provides the programs followed, bands, music played, attendance by national and New York worthies including military and civic personages; also describing the kitchen and its amenities, menus and various food-oriented entertainments. An autograph room was provided for the exhibition and sale of autographs and lists notable items; there was also an extensive art gallery and a listing of artists & works shown is provided here in the Appendix section; this also gives minute financial reportage and attendance, contributions from sources; the various mercantile associations, churches and other civic organizations. There is a “Donations through the committee on Books, Publications and Printing,” with D. Appleton & Co. NY heading the list.