New York: Published by the author, 1905. First edition. Hardcover. The account of a journey by foot on one of the oldest unpaved roads still in use, up the Hudson Valley of New York. Originally built on native American trails, the roads were used as stage coach routes and by soldiers of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
The author describes his journey on the 150 mile route, taking photographs along the way: from King's Bridge to Yonkers; from Hastings to Ardsley; Irvington to Tarrytown; Ossining to Hessian Hill; Peekskill to Gallow's Hill; Continental Village to Wiccopee Pass; Fishkill and Wappinger Falls to Poughkeepsie; then Hyde park, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Stone Mill, Claverack, Hudson and Kinderhook. Hine esteemed natural landscapes, historical architecture (especially buildings that might be razed) and historic thoroughfares.
Charles Gilbert Hine was a very gifted amateur photographer, noted for his
images of New York City in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Hine made poetic images of the city's architecture and people. That same lyrical touch is evident in this book in a lovely image of an old Dutch stone house in Rhinebeck (The Kip-Heermance-Beekman-Livingston House, p67), which was destroyed by fire in the 1900s. Other buildings shown here include: Philipse Manor House, Dutch Church Tarrytown, Dusenbury's Tavern Cortlandtville, Dutch Church Fishkill, Livingston House Poughkeepsie, Court House Claverack, Katrina Van Tassel House Kinderhook, and Fort Cralo Greenbush.
Square 8vo, vi, 109pp, 9 tipped in b&w green toned printed photographic plates, of high quality. Original tan cloth stamped in green, a bit dusty at front board, a bit faded at spine. OCLC: 3774120. Very good condition. Item #22933