Twenty Thousand Rich New Englanders.
Luce & Bridge, ( 1888), Boston
8vo, 23 cm. 108 pp.
A List of Taxpayers Who Were Assessed in 1888 to Pay a Tax of One Hundred Dollars or More. The coolest feature of this oddity is the fact that it is arranged by towns. This enables me to suss out the rich guys in Gloucester in 1888, the lower limit being $100 on a tax rate of $17.50 per $1000. If my math is correct, this would be an annual income of $50-60,000 annually. That comes out to about a million and a half each year in 2021 dollars – and there’s more than a page of Gloucester names, arranged alphabetically by ward. Unfortunately, my interesting discovery about historic rich guys in Glosta was followed by a giant bummer. This copy lacks the leaf containing pp 31/32, immediately following the Gloucester section, which is complete. Still, the fun is there. Aside from Boston, the city with the most millionaires seems to have been New Bedford. One page lacking, else very good condition with hand lettered spine title and publisher’s title on front board in gold. Nothing but POD copies online.