Part II: The Mount Washington Summit Road Company
A sketch of the summit of Mount Washington, taken from an invoice of the Glen House Stage Office dated July 12, 1887.
As discussed in Part I: The Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company, two companies owned by David Pingree, for which the Phillips Library holds the corporate records, were involved in legal disputes over boundary lines in the White Mountains. This post discusses those disputes involving the Mount Washington Summit Road Company and the trustees of David Pingree’s estate.
In my last post, I mentioned the East-West nature of our collections. Though I was referring to our holdings of books about the East and the West, we also have books from the East and the West. On our shelves, this is evident in the spines bearing Chinese characters. If you dig a little deeper, you discover, as I did when I first arrived, that there are greater differences than just language. The global history of the book is closely tied to the histories of writing, paper, technology, and typography. As those areas developed, unique styles of book structure evolved. Many books have been written about both Eastern and Western bindings. There are many variations in bookbinding around the world and within the types described here. For the purposes of this post, I’d like to present a very simple comparison between two objects.
Phillips Library copy of Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette bound in red leather with decorative gold tooling.
Two printed copies of the John Quincy Adams speech Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette reside here at the Phillips Library. I thought one copy in particular, printed in Washington by Gales and Seaton in 1835, was absolutely worth sharing in honor of Adams on the 167th anniversary of his passing. Adams spoke to Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Massachusetts, and our copy at the library includes a presentation inscription from Adams to the Essex Historical Society. If you know your PEM history, then you know that the Essex Historical Society joined with the Essex County Natural History Society to form the Essex Institute, which the merged with the Peabody Museum of Salem to become the Peabody Essex Museum as we know it today.