University of Pennsylvania Illustrated 1906
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University of Pennsylvania Illustrated, 1906 by George Nitzsche, beautiful large format hardcover book in good condition, some minor soiling and waving to the front cover near the spine, as seen in the image, otherwise interior is still in great shape. Published by the University of Pennsylvania. Filled with detailed half-tone illustrations done by Gatchell & Manning, Philadelphia.
The first sixteen pages are text that describe each of the departments and facilities. A great historical book, it describes how to get to the campus: "In twelve minutes one may ride on the electric cars from the campus to City Hall, which is the centre of a population of more than a million and a half. The subway and elevated roads, now in course of construction, will make the journey still shorter."
The images show both the exterior of the buildings and in many cases interiors as well, including wooden rows of old-style desks, and students wearing sweaters or jackets in old laboratories. Beautiful pictures or archways, as well as the main entrance to the Dormitories, the Big Quad, Little Quad and Arcade. Includes Houston Hall inside (lots of pool tables) and out. The indoor and outdoor gymnasium drills are classic.
A tour de force, a really special book and rare. Would make a great gift.