The First Telephone Directory of Boston
TELEPHONE DIRECTORY. Telephone Despatch Company. Boston: J. N. George, Manager , 1880.
First telephone directory of Boston. Octavo (9 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches; 233 x 148 mm). [40] pp. With two pages "Suggestions to Subscribers" and thirty-eight pages total of "Lists of Subscribers." The Boston Exchange is twenty-six pages, the Edison Exchange is nine pages and the Brookline Exchange is three pages. Advertisements printed along lower margins, and on verso of front wrapper and on both sides of back wrapper. We could find no copies at auction in over 50 years, nor could we find any copies on OCLC.

Original printed green paper wrappers. Staple bound. Edges of wrappers chipped, but not affecting text. Wrappers have been coated with a protective tape to prevent further chipping. First leaf a bit toned and partially detached, but still holding. Some chipping and flaking to edges of leaves, not affecting text. Overall a very good copy of this rare item.

The scarcity of this item can be factored by its fragility as well as the fact that they were supposed to be discarded regularly as there were new, updated versions printed every three months. "This Catalogue will be issued regularly hereafter, once in three months. Supplementary lists will be printed as new names are added, and sent to the subscribers." (From the Suggestions to Subscribers).

This directory was printed just a year and a half after the first ever directory was printed in New Haven, Connecticut on February 21, 1878. This last copy of the New Haven directory sold at auction in 2008 for $170,500.

HBS # 68003 $5,000