New York: J. F. Trow, 1844. Hardcover. Presentation copy, with inscription from "the Compiler". The essential New York directory, with content on the Croton Aqueduct, is complete with fold out maps, including the New York City and Croton Aqueduct maps.
Compiled by D. T. Valentine, complete with folding maps, 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, vi, [13 pp], 20-324 pp, 7 folded leaves of plates, illustrations, maps, plans. Dark brown embossed buckram with gilt shield on front cover. Gilt shield front cover somewhat rubbed; top of spine chipped; internally very minor insect damage bottom edge and foredge early & late pages.
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. OCLC: 23061291 for the series. OCLC: 83906295 for 1844 records one copy, at the Library Co of Philadelphia. Good + overall. Item #24759