HAMMOND'S HANDBOOK, with the Folding Map
[Hammond, Harry]; State of South Carolina, Dept. of Agriculture, Hugh S. Thompson, Chairman. SOUTH CAROLINA. RESOURCES AND POPULATION. INSTITUTIONS AND INDUSTRIES. [a.k.a. "Hammond's Handbook"]. Charleston, S.C.: State Board of Agriculture of South Carolina; Walker, Evans & Cogswell, printers, 1883. 8vo. [ii], [v]-viii, 726 pages. Large folding map in color, originally bound as frontispiece, now laid into a new pocket before the title. Three folding tables, ten leaves of double-sided tables, one full-page color table, one full-page color map, and three full-page color plates. Lacking one preliminary leaf, pp. [iii-iv], comprised of a brief preface (recto) and works consulted list (verso). [This leaf is also lacking in a number of prominent institutional copies, including those at U.N.C., Duke, Harvard, Univ. of Calif., and Univ. of Mich. For reference purposes, copies of the missing pages have been laid-in, although they are derived from the leaf in the Library of Congress copy, which is itself chipped with some loss of text.] Original brown cloth. [25.3 cm.] Ex-Sondley Reference Library with evidence of removed call number at base of spine, tasteful bookplate on front pastedown, several marginal ink stamps, and occasional inconspicuous embossed stamps, including several to the folding map. The map also shows one short marginal tear and some minor separation at folds, but is clean and worthy of display. Spine sun-darkened and soiled and with tissue repairs at ends. Wear to bottom edges and corners of covers with boards showing. Hinges professionally repaired internally and volume now sound. Title and first contents leaf reinserted on new stubs; second contents leaf partially cracked along the gutter and just holding. Small chips and tissue repairs to front endpapers and prelims. Leaves moderately tanned throughout. Damaged or missing pages and browning are common issues with this title due to the poor-quality, wood-pulp paper used. In addition, the hinges are often broken due to the heavy weight of the book. Despite its flaws, this copy has fared better than many. The map, often lacking, has been retained; aside from the missing preface, all the text is intact; and the repairs have made the volume serviceable for reading.
FIRST EDITION. The work examines almost every aspect of contemporary South Carolina: climate, geology, flora and fauna, agriculture, industries, demography, government, towns, education, churches, etc., etc. It contains lists of vertebrate animals (by Frederick W. True, pp. 209-264), invertebrate animals (by L.O. Howard, pp. 265-311), and plants of the state (by H.W. Ravenel, pp. 312-359). Each of these lists was also issued separately. The folding map is a "Map of the State of South Carolina Issued by the Department of Agriculture of South Carolina, 1883." [NY: G.W. & C.B. Colton, (1883). Approx. 67 x 87 cm. Geological zones color coded. Township and county borders delineated, as are routes of railroads.] The book is popularly referred to as "Hammond's Handbook" after it's compiler and primary author, James Henry “Harry” Hammond (1832-1916). He was a highly regarded statistician and the director of the 1880 U.S. Census in South Carolina. Turnbull IV, pp. 164-165.
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