Springfield, MA: Nirenstein's National Realty Map Co., 1946. Original edition. Hardcover. 82 leaves, including 41 double-page maps of the downtown retail shopping districts of cities in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire; illustrations include many aerial views of city centers, shopping districts, etc.. Large folio (27 x 20 inches), red and black cloth lettered in gilt, leather index tabs at fore-edges of leaves. This copy bound without Springfield, MA section. Fine, virtually as new in original mailing box. Bound without Springfield section. Fine. Item #21577
Nirenstein's real estate atlases provide an interesting snapshot of the state of urban developement in the mid 20th century. The retail centers of 41 cities are mapped, photographed, and analyzed. The publisher's price in 1946 was $200, a significant expense and no doubt a contributing factor to the scarcity of these volumes today.