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1902. [NEW YORK HISTORY, RYE NEW YORK, EDWARDIAN ERA GUESTBOOKS, COASTAL RESORTS] On offer here is a unique and interesting ORIGINAL, SIGNED GUESTBOOK FROM A RESORT ON MANURSING ISLAND IN RYE, NEW YORK. The guestbook is clearly from a manor house or resort on Manursing Island. The dates in totality range between the years 1902 - 1944. 1902 - 1904 visitors seem to attend with some regularity. 1917 - 1921 is somewhat less attended. More activity in 1922 - 1924. (no activity in the 1930's) then 6 pages of names and activity between 1941 - 1944. The 8.0 in X 10.5 in guestbook has about 75 or so leaves (~ 150 pages) of which about 26 of which have names and dated inscriptions. The leather cover is quite worn and the spine has flaked away, but the gilt edged volume is quite serviceable. (we'd recommend the new owner have a custom clamshell box made for storage / display and future protection) The lined and columned pages have spaces for 'Name', 'Residence', 'Arrival', 'Departure', & 'Remarks'. In addition the list of who's who in NYC, Connecticut, & Rhode Island society, there are witty comments and mentions in the 'Remarks' space at times joined by a sketch or doodle. (see images) Of particular interest are the names associated with the history of Manursing Island, specifically those related to the Van Rensselaer Family. A list of a few names we picked out from the name column (just from the 1902 - 04 years): Kilian Van Rensselaer Jr. Charles Christopher Trowbridge William Stephen Van Rensselaer Sarah Erving King David Reynolds Preston Watson William Sabine Jr. Justine Townsend … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bibliomonster Books (bibliomonster) [Beverly Hills, California, United States]
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