The Documentary History of the State of New-York, Volume II
by O'Callaghan, E. B.
Albany: Weed, Parsons, 1849. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Volume II only, stands on its own, with great content on the development of steam navigation, specifically James Rumsey, who predated both Fitch and Fulton, and who demonstrated his steam powered boat in 1787 on the Potomac River. Includes documents from the administration of Lieut. Gov. Leisler; Early Rate Lists of Long Island; manuscripts of Sir William Johnson; a treatise, "Steam may be applied to Propel Boats or Vessels"... by James Rumsey (p1011); "The Original Steam-Boat Supported; or, A Reply to Mr. Rumsey's Pamphlet shewing the true Priority of John Fitch, and the False Datings, & c. of James Rumsey" (p1043); and Papers Relating to Western New York. Thick 8vo, frontispiece, 1211pp, illustrations, maps. Defective, lacking the 'View of New York' (p3) and 'Map of Land Left by Sir Wm. Johnson to his Indian Children' (p1004). Dark brown gilt cloth. Covers marked and rubbed, split along spine. Frontispiece detached, scattered fox spotting at late pages; some plates foxed at verso. As is. (Inventory #: 22222)
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