Salt Lake City, UT: R. L. Polk & Co., Publishers, 1920. First edition. Hardcover. 1193pp. Very thick quarto [24 cm] 1/4 red cloth with light brown and black printed cloth covered boards. Gilt stamped title on the spine. Fair condition only. The extremities are heavily rubbed and mildly darkened, soiled and stained. The underlying boards are exposed at the corners, and the cloth along the edges is frayed. The hinges are broken and the text block is hanging on by threads to the covers. There is a brief previous owner's notation on the front pastedown. Small light damp stains in the bottom inside margins of the pages. Tanned pages. As is. May require extra postage due to weight. Item #32219
R. L. Polk & Co. was created in 1870 by Ralph Lane Polk. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Polk began earning a living by selling patent medicines door-to-door. While traveling, he met an enumerator in Ohio who was collecting information for a directory publisher. Excited, Polk took a job with the publisher and served several years in the Midwest before he moved to Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 21 to establish his own company.