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Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, for 1861
New York, 1861. hardcover. very good(+). Illustrated manual of the Corporation of the City of New York. 700 pp. with 5 fold out maps and 70 diagrams and lithographed views. Blue bukram with gold stamped spine and covers. 12mo. In excellent condition. Light offsetting and some wear to illustrations and maps. Maps and illustrations complete according to the "Index to the Illustrations in the Manuals of the Corporation of the City of New York", published by the Society of Iconophiles, 1906. Bookplate on inside cover from the New England Historic-Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass, signed by D.T. Valentine, dated May 17, 1861. New York: 1861. First edition, rare. The "Manuals of the Corporation" were directories of extensive historical and contemporary records of New York compiled by D.T. Valentine. These books 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. Much of the information was gleaned from Dutch and English sources, as processed by Valentine. Notable illustrations in this edition include the astounding 50 inch long "A View of the City of New-York from Brooklyn Heights, foot of Pierrepont St. in 1798...", several views of Central Park including the Skating Pond and a view of "Ruins of Trinity Church after the Great Fire of 1776..." Maps include "Map of the City & County of New York. 1861", "A Map of the Common Lands between the three and six mile stones, belonging to the Corporation of the City of New York. Casimir Th. Goerck, City Surveyor. March, 5th. 1796", "Attacks of Fort Washington by His Majestys Forces under the Command of Genl. Sir Willm. Howe K:B 16 Novr. 1776", "City of Manhattan or New York." and "Bay & Port of New York. Capital of New-York." (both by Bellin, 1764). D.T. Valentine (1801-1869) served as the Deputy to the Clerk of the Common Council for thirty-seven years without being promoted to Clerk. Valentine took it upon himself to compile the "Manuals", which he updated and published annually from 1841-1866. Many copies were personalized for prominent officials. This compendium is an excellent source of early New York City history.
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