Investment Guide. Compiled by Henry Clews & Co., Bankers, New York. 1904.
Rare. Seventh annual number issued by this Manhattan investment firm founded by the remarkable English-born financier Henry Clews. The Clews & Company annual was published to solicit investments through stock or bond purchases in a given year. It provided a detailed financial summary of important American companies such as railroads, manufacturers, and utilities. The information is presented in a compact and economical format, dense and rich with content.
Early American investment guide “annuals” were —by their nature and function— ephemeral publications. Timely information aged rapidly and these texts may be considered rare survivals, if one is found present-day.
The title-page’s verso has a fine illustrated view of the firm’s headquarters and the adjacent page lists all of the firm’s particulars: its chief officers and membership status in the New York Stock Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, etc; office locations; terms of agreement for potential customers and clients seeking to buy or sell stock.
This copy has an equally-rare circular laid in, soliciting would-be-investors. It emulates a typed letter signed which is “miniaturized” and printed on the firm’s letterhead.
Description: Investment Guide. Compiled by Henry Clews & Co., Bankers, New York. 1904.
[New York:] Henry Clews & Co., 1904. 110pp. Lightly-chipped dark green publisher’s wrappers; gilt dulled, else very good.