From old records, here is a picture of Salem, Massachusetts, in her era as a commercial city, the years following the Revolution, when her ships, and men were known around the world. Here are the factors that prompted her growth and development, the street by street and house by house description during changing years, the ocean-borne commerce that made her foreign trade notable, the industries at home, and the people who contributed to her fame. A mine of facts, and a competent analysis of Salem's importance during that period, that does not miss the romance of her years of glory. Town history in patient- though occasionally pedestrian- detail. One market might be the tourist market, for Salem houses bring many visitors.