Rare, first edition book. Four American Universities - Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia. Hardcover book in grey cloth published 1895 by Harper and Bros. 202 pages, book is in good condition, spine beginning to loosen and some foxing to selected pages and rear cover has discoloration. Half of the illustrations have an unobtrusive blind stamp from a school in New London, Connecticut and are still suitable for display. The book contains 66 individual illustrations in addition to the historical text for each college. The part of the book that makes it unique are the four additional high quality illustrations of each of the four campuses. Each of these panoramic illustrations which foldout to measure 10 1/2 by 22 inches. (Princeton, Yale and Harvard are Columbia are all present). Called 'Birds Eye Views' in the book they are very detailed and are suitable for framing if detached. The view of Columbia depicted in the book would look unfamiliar to the visitor to today's campus because the view is looking North from Forty-ninth Street. The current campus in Morningside Heights opened in May of 1896. Rockefeller Center stands on the site of what is depicted. The Princeton Campus along University Place shows a different campus than the one that exists today. Namely, several buildings were replaced over the years on the land that Rockefeller College now sits on: the Observatory, the old Tiger Inn and Reunion Hall. Thus, helps to explain the rarity of the book, which if often disbound so the illustrations can be framed. The illustrations are charming and how horse drawn carriages and early electric trams. Contents include: Harvard, by Charles Eliot Norton; Yale, by Arthur T. Hadley who served its president from 1899 to 1921; Princeton, by William M. Sloane; and Columbia, by Brander Matthews. Each of the respective authors was a professor or president of their respective university. A rare look at four elite colleges in the late 19th century.