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A Census of the New Buildings Erected in this City, in the Year 1824, Arranged in Distinct Classes, According to their Materials and Number of Stories
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A Census of the New Buildings Erected in this City, in the Year 1824, Arranged in Distinct Classes, According to their Materials and Number of Stories

By Hardie, James

New York: Printed by Samuel Marks, 63 Vesey Street, 1825. Wraps. Good + condition. A classified survey giving an extremely detailed account of the expansion of New York's population, housing and business in 1824. For example, the count of new buildings, carefully tallied by street, from Albany through York Street, totals 1,624, each with its building material and number of stories recorded. Includes a wide range of statistics such as the numbers of men and women and children, according to race (white and black), the Annual Report of Interments, the number of paupers in the Alms House, the numbers of prisoners, a chart of the different religious denominations & places of public worship, official return of the shipping, and list of banks and insurance companies. Slim 8vo, 48pp. Original salmon stitched paper wrappers, slightly chipped along spine. Partially unopened. OCLC: 54286173.

$525.00

Report to the Aqueduct Commissioners, by the President, James C. Spencer ... Giving a Review of the Work of the Aqueduct Commission to January First, A.D. 1887 ..
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Report to the Aqueduct Commissioners, by the President, James C. Spencer ... Giving a Review of the Work of the Aqueduct Commission to January First, A.D. 1887 ..

By [New Croton Aqueduct] Spencer, James

New York: Aqueduct Commissioners, 1887. First edition. Hardcover. Good + condition. Report on the construction of the New Croton Aqueduct, which replaced the existing water supply for New York City, the Old Croton Aqueduct. The Report is illustrated with photogravures of the aqueduct under construction. The New Croton Aqueduct still supplies water to the city today. It is one of 3 supply systems and runs from the New Croton Reservoir (Westchester County) to the Jerome Park Reservoir in the Bronx. Small folio, frontispiece, 23 photogravure plates, folding tables, 4 maps, blueprints. Bound in full terra cotta gilt buckram with gold decoration on cover and gilt title on spine. Corners rubbed, spine slightly rubbed, past insect damage made a hole beginning at plate no. 25 through to the end, which falls in the upper margin outside the printed area of most plates, otherwise sound. Deaccessed from the Colorado College Library; library sticker inside front cover. OCLC: 977564819 records 2 copies, at the University of Toronto.

$325.00

Lake in the grounds of Vassar College, manuscript title on verso
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Lake in the grounds of Vassar College, manuscript title on verso

By [Vassar; Poughkeepsie, NY] Stereoview

Poughkeepsie: Glee Bros, 1915. Good + overall. A view of a rowing party on Sunset Lake (?) at Vassar College ca. 1915. Five boats with 3 to 4 female rowers and passengers in each, clustered not far off shore. On verso is hand written, "Lake in the grounds of Vassar College". Stamped on the card is "Glee Bro's Po'keepsie, N.Y." Square edged images mounted on yellow card, approx. 7 x 3.5", edges rubbed; left image slightly faded.

$30.00

Winslow Homer, Frederic Church & Arthur Lumley, engravings in Harper's Weekly
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Winslow Homer, Frederic Church & Arthur Lumley, engravings in Harper's Weekly

By Homer, Winslow [Gloucester, Mass; Central Park NY]

New York: Harper's Weekly, 1873. Very good overall. Three wood engravings by American masters, including a full page engraving entitled "Gloucester Harbor" by Winslow Homer, depicting two rowboats full of boys on a lazy summer day, with many sailing vessels in the distance (p844), in this complete issue. Accompanied by a double spread wood engraving by Arthur Lumley, entitled "Taking the Reins - A Familiar Scene in Central Park", showing two young girls in a goat drawn carriage in the Park, with a small girl with hoop reaching out to feed the animals, and a tall elegantly dressed black coachman at the right (pp848 - 849); and a half page wood engraving by Frederic Church entitled, "Amateur Naturalists" showing a mother and 2 young women collecting butterflies in a country meadow. Published in Harper's Weekly, a long running American newspaper well-known for its woodcut illustrations. Illustrations signed in the image. Folio, pp 841 - 856. 11 1/2 x 16 1/2", a few closed tears, some ruffling at right foredge, the woodcuts bright and clean.

$125.00

New York by Gas-Light with Here and There a Streak of Sunshine
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New York by Gas-Light with Here and There a Streak of Sunshine

By Foster, G.G.

New York: Dewitt & Davenport, 1850. First edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. G.G. Foster was a journalist for the New York Tribune, who wrote much about New York lowlife. Indeed this is not fiction at all, but a tour of nightlife in New York, with much on prostitution, nude shows, saloons, bowling and billiard saloons (In the company of William T. Porter and Frank Forester), etc. 8vo, 127pp, bound in modern three-quarter morocco and cloth. Scattered foxing. Wright I 979.

$175.00

Lamonts Across America (genealogy)

By [Lamont, Corliss]

Ottsville, PA: Mary Whitney, 1986. Limited edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. Number 4 of the limited edition of this genealogical work, presented to Corliss Lamont (1902 - 1995), American socialist philosopher, professor, and advocate of variety of causes pertaining to civil liberty. Lamont served as director of the ACLU for 3 decades, starting in the 1930s, and taught at Columbia, Cornell, the New School and Harvard. Includes a state by state list of Lamont family members. 8vo, [200] pp, b&w illustrations. Blue gilt faux leather covers.

$75.00

History of the Society of Iconophiles of the City of New York
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History of the Society of Iconophiles of the City of New York

By Lawrence, Richard Hoe

New York: Society of Iconophiles, 1930. Limited edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. First edition, limited issue, one of 186 copies, illustrated with numerous collotype plates, all very bright and clean. The society was formed in 1894 by William L. Andrews (1837-1920), "in search of the historical and picturesque" in order to preserve the historical heritage of the city of New York. Includes catalogues of prints and books published by the Society. 4to, xii, color frontispiece, 290pp, plates, teg. Original quarter tan morocco with tan boards. Gilt emblem of the society at the front board, gilt title to spine. Spine gently rubbed, front board slightly dusty; plates bright and clean.

$200.00

A New Conductor Generalis: Being a Summary of the Law Relative to the Duty and Office of the Justice of the Peace, Sheriffs, Coroners, Constables, Jurymen, Overseers of the Poor ... A Variety of Practical Forms
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A New Conductor Generalis: Being a Summary of the Law Relative to the Duty and Office of the Justice of the Peace, Sheriffs, Coroners, Constables, Jurymen, Overseers of the Poor ... A Variety of Practical Forms

Albany NY: D. & S. Whiting at the Albany Book Store, 1803. Hardcover. Very good overall. Albany imprint of this American work on procedural law, first published in Philadelphia in 1722, and containing a lengthy section on slaves. During this period slavery was still legal in New York state. The section pertaining to slaves details how an owner would free a slave; how an owner would be discharged from maintaining them; the status of children born of slaves in New York and more. Of children, the law stipulates, "Every child born of a slave within this state, after the 4th day of July 1799, shall be free; but shall remain the servant of the owner of its mother ..." (p422). This 1799 law was the first gradual emancipation law passed in New York state. 8vo, xv, 479 pp, errata. Dark brown gilt leather, red leather spine label. Boards lightly rubbed; text in very good condition. Period owner signature in ink on title page, Walton Street or Streel. OCLC: 2494028.

$95.00

G. C. Verplanck ALS letter to NY Comptroller Silas Wright about tax bill on land in the Hardenburgh Patent belonging to Verplanck Sr
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G. C. Verplanck ALS letter to NY Comptroller Silas Wright about tax bill on land in the Hardenburgh Patent belonging to Verplanck Sr

By Verplanck, Gulian Crommelin

1831. Otherwise very good condition. A manuscript letter requesting information about taxes on the Verplanck land within the Hardenburgh Patent, addressed to Hon. Silas Wright Jr., Comptroller, Albany, NY. Dear Sir I obtained last spring from your office the bill for my father's taxes on land in the Hardenburgh patent, which has since been unluckily (sic) misplaced. I will trouble you to send me by mail another copy. The lands are those in the Hardenburgh patent charged to Samuel Verplanck or his heirs or Dan'l G. Verplanck (not those of Gulian Verplanck or his heirs). I shall send you a tariff pamphlet of my own special views in a day or two. Our election is likely to be very harmonious, except perhaps a local Ninth ward quarrel about Arnold, which we also tried to avert. I am yours. G. C. Verplanck The Hardenburgh Patent was a large tract of land (approximately two million acres) in Ulster, Greene, Orange, Sullivan and Delaware Counties, New York, purchased in 1707 from Native Americans for 60 Pounds. The original 7 parcels were further subdivided in 1749, and Daniel Verplanck (G.C. Verplanck's father) became an owner of 3/16 of the property. [www.Hardenburgh.org] Gulian Crommelin Verplanck (1786-1870) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee at this point in his career. Silas Wright Jr. was Comptroller of New York State, and was to be a future Senator and Governor of New York State. Verplanck was a resident of Beacon NY and is buried in Trinity Church Cemetery in Fishkill, NY. Cream paper, 8 x 10", 4pp, original folds, address on verso, free franked on address leaf, some splits at folds.

$125.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Second Session (1829)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Second Session (1829)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1829. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the opening of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. Covers the period of the short tenure of Martin Van Buren as Governor (he resigned to become US Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson) and the first year of Enos T. Throop's governorship. Defective, lacks title page, preliminaries, text to p4. Folio volume, 5 - 589pp, Appendices A through I, xlviii Index. Boards lacking, spine perished. As is.

$100.00

Metropolitan Life Unveiled; or the Mysteries and Miseries of America's Great Cities, embracing New York, Washington City, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and New Orleans
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Metropolitan Life Unveiled; or the Mysteries and Miseries of America's Great Cities, embracing New York, Washington City, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and New Orleans

St. Louis, MO: Anchor Publishing Co., 1882. Hardcover. Good + overall. Controversial period literature describing the 5 cities and "unmasking social evils" therein. "...[T]hey [descriptions] are not prompted by pessimistical reflections but rather to show the dark and ominous sides of national life..." Topics covered include: prostitution, polygamy, gold mines and mining, social conditions, the rich, the poor, scandals, cunning frauds, religious worship, peculiarities of the Chinese, Mormans, Negro superstitions... O8vo, brown calf rebacked with original spine laid down, original black spine label and gilt title, 606pp, color frontispiece, numerous wood block illustrations throughout. Spine and edges rubbed, interior clean and bright. OCLC: 19651066 at 4 libraries.

$95.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-First Session (1828)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-First Session (1828)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1828. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the opening of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. The Canal was a great success, allowing New York to rapidly recoup the money spent on its construction through tolls. Covers the period the Legislature met from January 1 to December 10, 1828, during the fourth year of DeWitt Clinton's second term as Governor, and (following his death), during Nathaniel Pitcher's tenure. Folio volume, 1210 pp, Appendices A through F, xlviii Index. Three quarter tan leather with blue paper covered boards. Boards damp stained, front board loose but holding, spine perished. Early leaves damp stained at edges. As is.

$100.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty-Third Session (1820)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty-Third Session (1820)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1821. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the construction of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. Covers the period the Legislature met, from January 4 to April 14, 1820, during the third year of DeWitt Clinton's governorship. At the time, New York's politicians were split in two camps: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. In addition, the Democratic-Republican Party was split into two factions: the Clintonians and the Bucktails (supported Martin Van Buren and the Tammany Hall machine). Defective, lacks preliminaries, title page; begins with p5. Final leaves of Index lacking (includes up to p xvi). Folio volume, 5 - 1024 pp, Index. Boards lacking, spine perished. As is.

$100.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty- Fifth Session (1822)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty- Fifth Session (1822)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1822. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the construction of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. Covers the period of the fourth year of DeWitt Clinton's governorship. At the time, New York's politicians were split in two camps: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. In addition, the Democratic-Republican Party was split into two factions: the Clintonians and the Bucktails (supported Martin Van Buren and the Tammany Hall machine). Defective, lacks title page, preliminaries; early pages ruffled, chipped at edge; text begins at p3; final leaves of Index lacking. Folio volume, 3 - 1130 pp, Appendices A & B, xxiv Index. Boards lacking, spine perished. As is.

$100.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty- Fourth Session (1820-1821)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty- Fourth Session (1820-1821)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1821. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the construction of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. The Clerk's Office copy, with "Clerks Office" in period ink written at the top of the title page. Covers the period the Legislature met, from November 7, 1820, to April 3, 1821, during the fourth year of DeWitt Clinton's governorship. At the time, New York's politicians were split in two camps: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. In addition, the Democratic-Republican Party was split into two factions: the Clintonians and the Bucktails (supported Martin Van Buren and the Tammany Hall machine). Defective, lacks preliminaries preceding title page; final leaves of Index lacking (includes up to p xxviii; following page mostly torn away). Folio volume, 1141 pp, Appendix, xxviii Index. Boards lacking, spine perished. As is.

$100.00

Report to the Aqueduct Commissioners, by the President, James C. Spencer ... Giving a Review of the Work of the Aqueduct Commission to January First, A.D. 1887 ... Presentation copy
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Report to the Aqueduct Commissioners, by the President, James C. Spencer ... Giving a Review of the Work of the Aqueduct Commission to January First, A.D. 1887 ... Presentation copy

By Spencer, James

New York: Aqueduct Commissioners, 1887. First edition. Hardcover. Good + condition. A presentation copy from John Newton, who served as Aqueduct Commissioner and as Commissioner of Public Works, of the report on the construction of the New Croton Aqueduct. A printed presentation plate is tipped in at front free endpaper, "Compliments of John Newton". The aqueduct replaced the existing water supply for New York City, which was the Old Croton Aqueduct. The Report is illustrated with photogravures of the aqueduct under construction. The New Croton Aqueduct still supplies water to the city today. It is one of 3 supply systems and runs from the New Croton Reservoir (Westchester County) to the Jerome Park Reservoir in the Bronx. Folio, frontispiece, 23 photogravure plates, folding tables, 4 maps, blueprints. Bound in presentation full brown gilt leather, corners rubbed, spine ends chipped, otherwise sound. OCLC: 977564819.

$550.00

Sunnyside - on - Hudson
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Sunnyside - on - Hudson

By Currier & Ives

New York: Currier & Ives, 115 Nassau St., 1877. View of Washington Irving's home on the Hudson, with the river in the background. Irving was considered America's first full-time man of letters. Lithograph with handsome original hand color, the paper toned overall, the color very bright. 12 3/8 x 9" with standard margins. Framed in a handsome period wood gilt rimmed frame with acid free mat and backing. Not listed in Conningham; Gale-6358. The other more common C & I "Sunnyside-on-the-Hudson" is Conningham no. 5893. The Currier and Ives address at 115 Nassau St. covers the period between 1877-1894.

$375.00

Historic Tales of Olden Time: Concerning the Early Settlement and Advancement of New-York city and State.  For the Use of Families and Schools
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Historic Tales of Olden Time: Concerning the Early Settlement and Advancement of New-York city and State. For the Use of Families and Schools

By Watson, John F.

New York: W. E. Dean, printer; Collins and Hannay, 1832. First edition. Hardcover. Good condition. Lovely lithographic views of New York City contained in this volume, including a frontispiece with 2 lithographic views of New York City: "Fort Amsterdam & Village 1623" & "New York 1832", and 9 other views. Small 8vo, v, [iii] pp, 214 pp. Bound in the original red quarter cloth and green paper covered boards with the printed spine label. Spine chipped at top, boards rubbed; some fox spotting throughout. OCLC: 1102017451 records a copy at the Library of Congress.

$145.00

Map of Fort Constitution, Martelaers Rock [and]  engraving of Boom and Chain at West Point
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Map of Fort Constitution, Martelaers Rock [and] engraving of Boom and Chain at West Point

New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1863. Very good condition. A map of Fort Constitution showing its location and proximity to West Point, along with an engraving. of the Boom and chain that extended from West Point to Martelaers Rock during the Revolutionary War. 8vo, b&w, disbound, very clean.

$75.00

An Abridgment of Lectures on Rhetoric

By [Hudson River; Livingston family copy] Blair, Hugh

Poughkeepsie: Paraclete Potter, 1813. Hardcover. Good condition. Livingston family copy (important Hudson River family, owners of about three dozen mansions in the area) of this scarce Poughkeepsie imprint of this work on rhetoric. Published by Paraclete Potter (1780 - 1858) a bookseller and journalist who edited the Poughkeepsie Journal for almost thirty years. According to an article in the 1873 'Historical Magazine', Potter also opened a bookstore, which included a reading room frequented by prominent New Yorkers. Small 8vo, 299 pp, [1] pp ads. Disbound, covers lacking; corner of p 119 torn away, affecting some text. As is.

$45.00

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