Adelaide, G.H. Baring, Publisher and Printer, 1936.
Large oblong folio (286 × 453 mm),  pages with many hundreds of illustrations (mainly from photographs) and pictorial advertisements (with one map and one advertisement printed in colour), plus advertisements on the inside front cover.
Flush-cut gilt-pictorial card (front cover and spine) and plain papered board (rear cover); front cover very slightly marked; minimal expert conservation to a few tiny edge tears and creases to the last three leaves (which have pulled away cleanly from the staples); but essentially, this is an exceptional copy of an impressive and important work rarely seen at all, let alone in such splendid condition.
'"Progressive Adelaide and Popular Seaside Resorts" Centenary Photographic Business Directory will be a splendid present to send to friends in the Country, in the different States, or abroad; and should be accepted as an admirable Directory and Outstanding Photographic Achievement of Modern Times.' And indeed it is, with perhaps its greatest legacy being the countless panoramic images of commercial streetscapes across the state. [In 2012, a companion volume, 'City Streets. Progressive Adelaide 75 Years On' was published. 'Inspired by "Progressive Adelaide", photographer Mick Bradley and writer Lance Campbell set out in Baring's footsteps. In images and words, "City Streets" is progressive Adelaide today' (publisher's blurb'). The equally large-format book juxtaposes photographs of Adelaide's CBD streetscapes by Bradley in 2011 with the same scenes taken by Baring in 1936. A fine copy of the 2012 first edition is available for $150; mint copies of the latest impression are available for $80 each].