The American-Hispano Pocket Guide of the World’s Fair


Dual-language guide for the Spanish speaking attendees at the Columbian Exposition.

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Chicago just beat out New York City as the Congressionally selected host of a World’s Fair to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the New World. E.M. Knox, the publisher of this guide (and a New Yorker), evidently remained irked by the selection, and dedicates the first few dozen pages to the splendor of New York and Manhattan, “which is by far the most important section of the United States” [pg. 21].

However, the remaining contents focus on the White City of Jackson Park and adjoining Midway Plaisance, as well as the city of Chicago itself. The text and accompanying advertisements are issued in both English and Spanish, reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of both the participating nations and fair attendees.

Views of prominent buildings, information on transportation and accommodations, and two fold-out maps are included within the volume. The first shows a detailed outline of the fairgrounds at Jackson Park, with watercraft of all types illustrated along the shores of Lake Michigan. The verso includes a view of the Manufacturing Hall and accompanying advertisement for E.M. Know. The second map is a simple black and white street plan of Chicago with transportation routes (steam railroads and horse-drawn streetcars) emphasized.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1893

Author: E.M. Knox

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Condition: A

Condition Description: 138 pp. guidebook with 10 pages of contemporary advertisements. Bound in original blue embossed cloth covers that measure approximately 4.5" x 6.5". Contents are very good, with just a few light fingerprints and other faint spots of soiling. Includes 2 fold-out maps, both 14.5" x 9.75" and in good condition. The second has a 2" tear in the top left that has been repaired on the verso.


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