October 29th, 2012 by Lauren Hewes
Trade List of Books Published by Grigg, Elliot & Co….Philadelphia, s.n., 1847.
This broadside listing titles for sale by the Philadelphia book publisher Grigg, Elliot & Co., includes details about their stock of poetry, medical texts, and school books. The Society has a large collection of Philadelphia bookseller and book publisher catalogues and sale broadsides and this sheet will join that group. Interestingly, this sheet lacks the hyperbolic language common to such advertisements and instead uses the space on the broadside to specify their stock, including almanacs, bibles and two Mitchell maps — one of Texas, Oregon & California and another of Mexico and Upper California, both of which would shortly be of great interest to the flood of easterners who would be seeking gold in the hills of California in 1848 and 1849.