A Portrait of Old George Town by Grace Dunlop Eckeris a 324-page hardcover published by The Dietz Press, Inc., 1951, second edition, revised and enlarged. The dust jacket has some chips and closed tears along the edges and rubbing to the spine. Foxing is present on the upper page edges. Inside, there is mild bumping to the lower spine but otherwise, the gilt lettered book is in very good condition.
A Portrait of Old George Town is all that its title implies. It is far more than just a history of an ancient American city. It is a portrait in prose executed by a skilled literary craftsman who lived and loved her subject because it was, and is, her own. Within the covers of this entertaining and fascinating volume you will glimpse the portrait on every page. You will see the architectural and physical features of Old George Town; its haunted houses and moonlit streets; its lovely old gardens, some of which still exist in their pristine glory; the fine old homes that lined its once tree-arched streets; the people who lived there from the beginning of the town up through the fabulous gay nineties--a century and a half of ancestors and heirs--the things they did; their work and play; their thoughts and recreation, and their beliefs, for the character of Old George Town, like human beings, was formed largely by their beliefs. A Portrait of Old George Town is a book which will live forever in the hearts of those who came from, or who live in, this beautiful and quaint part of the District of Columbia.