John Fitch, the Founder of Fitchburg. Thornton M. Ware, Fitchburg Athletic Club.
John Fitch, the Founder of Fitchburg
John Fitch, the Founder of Fitchburg

John Fitch, the Founder of Fitchburg

Good. Item #5740

Fitchburg, MA: [Livermore & Knight], 1896. First Edition. Oblong octavo; [28] pp. Illustrations and local advertisements throughout. Printed in three columns on coarse brown butcher paper.

Stiff burlap wrappers with decorative ribbon binding and a wax seal. Side staple binding. Wrappers are cracked and separated from the text block. Pages are clean and unmarked. No tears. Only one copy in OCLC.

Program for a dramatic performance by the Fitchburg Athletic Club performed at Fitchburg City Hall on April 22, 1896 -- the club's fourth such annual performance -- concerning John Fitch and the accurate account of the selection of the town's site. A glowing review the next day in the Fitchburg Daily Sentinal mentions the program, designed by Livermore & Knight of Providence (who also furnished the burlap for the covers, as being "not the least surprise of the evening...[which] made a unique souvenir of the play." The program includes the lyrics for all the songs, stage diagrams, and numerous local advertisements.

Price: $75.00