[Philadelphia]: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania [J. B. Lippincott Company], 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Pebbled black cloth. Quarto; 298 pages. Contains a biography of Tower as well as a detailed catalog of American Laws. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Tower on the front endpaper and scarce as such: "To/D. Mc N. Stauffer Esqre/with the compliments of/Charlemagne Tower [?]/9 January 1891./Philadelphia." With the recipient's (David McNeely Stauffer) bookplate on the front pastedown. Uncut and largely unopened. Near Fine. Item #019917
David McNeely Stauffer (1845-1913) was an American civil engineer, editor, artist, and collector. He worked for several railroads including the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad until 1876 when he went into private practice. He wrote scholarly articles and edited the Engineering News. In addition to collecting autographs and illustrations, he designed book plates and did pen and ink drawings.