1865 · New York
by VALENTINE, D. T. (David Thomas)
New York, 1865. First. hardcover. Illustrated manual of the Corporation of the City of New York. 879 pp. with 1 fold out map and 26 diagrams and lithographed views. Full green embossed buckram with gold stamp on spine and cover. 12mo. Minor scuffing to spine and light foxing throughout, large map repaired. Illustrations, maps and text 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. D.T. Valentine, New York: 1865. 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 "Terminus of the Main Drive in Central Park, 110th St.", "The Audubon Estate on the Banks of the Hudson" and "Tammany Hall, 1830". The single map in this volume is "Map of New York and Vicinity". 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.
(Inventory #: 265786)