VIEWS IN NEW-YORK AND ITS ENVIRONS, FROM ACCURATE, CHARACTERISTIC & PICTURESQUE DRAWINGS
by Fay, Theodore S., and James H. Dakin
New York: Peabody and Co.; London: O. Rich, 1831. Engraved title vignette, thirty-eight engraved views on fifteen sheets (nine on India paper, as issued) after Dakin and others, plus engraved folding map by Hooker (handcolored in outline). Expertly bound to style in half tan calf and contemporary marbled boards, spine gilt, marbled endpapers. In a morocco backed cloth box. Provenance: Dugas de la Boissonny (bookplate); R.L.U. (book label). "The Peabody prints offer fascinating glimpses of New York in the 1830s" and form "a lively document of a city in the making" (Deák). The iconic images in Fay's book include Manhattan from Governor's Island, Broadway, Bowling Green, the publisher's offices on Broadway, City Hall, Elysian Fields Hoboken, Coffee-House Slip, Pearl Street, Fulton Market, Blackwell's Island, and La Grange Terrace. The work was originally intended to be issued in ten parts, of which only eight were actually issued; however, the last "part" consisted of just two supplementary leaves of text, misnumbered  through 46. This has led Howes and others to state the book has only forty-six pages when in fact it should collate as preliminary leaf,[i]- 58,-46, as here. Of the plates, the two issued in the final part are almost always missing (the Episcopal Seminary and three other scenes; and LaGrange Terrace), but both are present here. The street map of lower Manhattan to 52nd Street, engraved by Hooker expressly for this work, is oriented north to south and is divided into districts; streets are named and docks are identified. DEÁK, PICTURING AMERICA 399. STOKES, ICONOGRAPHY OF MANHATTAN 102. BAL 5686.
(Inventory #: WRCAM47207A)
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