New York: Wm. C. Bryant, 1854. Hardcover. New York directory compiled by D. T. Valentine, complete with folding maps, "Map of New York and Vicinity" and numerous lithographed views, many of them in color.
Valentine was the clerk of the Common Council, and was instructed to compile the volumes, that included the city’s annual reports and directories, becoming the first person to preserve New York City’s records. The manuals were published from 1841/2 until Valentine's death in 1866.
The manuals include detailed information on the meetings of the Aldermen Council, ordinances passed, public officials, the city's debts, directories of hospitals, alms houses and schools, ferry schedules, lists of public porters, demographics and census information, and descriptions of historic buildings and streets.
8vo, folding map, frontispiece, half title with chromolithographic vignettes, xii, 560pp, 5 folding maps, 23 lithographed views and diagrams. Black embossed buckram with gilt shield on cover. Chipping at edge of spine, corners bumped. Internally, deaccessed with 2 historical society library stamps, otherwise good + condition, clean and sound.
A trove of New York City history, containing a folding map of New York, showing its history, expansion and upgrades to transportation, etc. Handsome lithograph plates of historic buildings record private and public buildings that are largely now lost to us. Item #24238