3 Hikes Thru The Wissahickon

Philadelphia: 1936. First edition. Wraps. Very Good. Original illustrated wrappers. Unpaginated but (24). First and only edition. Compiled by The Federal Writers' Project, Works Progress Administration. With 12 illustrations and three in-text maps. Erratum slip is present at page (3) indicating the Walnuyt Lane Bridge should read Henry Avenue Bridge. There is some controversy here regarding the publication date. Jerre Mangione in The Deal and Dream, page 87, states very clearly that the state of Arkansas saw the first published work from the Federal Writers' Project with their "Guide To North Littlerock." However, in the 1938 Catalog for The American Guide Series, they state "Not only does the brochure (3 Hikes....) deserve the credit for its interesting and splendidly done descriptions of the Wissahickon Valley, but it has the distinction of being the first piece of printed material issued by the Federal Writers' Project in the United States." I should state that this same catalog states that this brochure has 18 pages, which we know is incorrect. So, this is at worst the second issue of the FWP or the first or tied for first. Dykes also states 18 pages but he did not have one on hand when he issued his catalog. Scharf does state 24pp and I can attest to that number. Very gently worn with one small closed tear along the top edge. Still, a very solid and bright copy of a very scarce and desirable FWP publication. Scharf & Schoyer, #557.

Price: $200.00


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