Spooner's Brooklyn Directory, for the Year 1825.
1825. · Brooklyn, New York:
by Spooner, Alden
Small 8vo (6 3/4x4 1/4), original printed wrappers bound inside late 19th century quarter leather and cloth, hinges reinforced, map printed inside front cover of the original wrapper, 67 pp. Scuffing and wear to leather, rubbing and edge wear, short tears to wrapper covers, 1/2" chip to front cover margin, which just about touches the map on the reverse side, but doesn't really affect the image, a few red pencil marks within, some soiling, staining, and foxing, ex Brooklyn Library copy, bookplate on front pastedown, perforated library stamp on title; still a good copy. A very scarce directory that probably began in the early 1820s. It continued to be published through 1829, but in 1830 it seems to have become The Brooklyn Directory, although Spooner was still the publisher in that year. The first 48 pages appear to provide the "names and residence of all the Householders." The occupations of the people that are named are also provided. Additional information, ranging from village by-laws to important members of the fire department is included. Spooner also provides a list of churches in Brooklyn, and the results of the 1820 census for Kings County. The total population of Brooklyn in 1820 was 11,183. This is a fairly rare title, which offers a vivid picture about what Brooklyn looked like almost 200 years ago. (Inventory #: 100946)