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Eight Detroit Photgraphic
1 Eight Detroit Photgraphic "Proofs" of New York Scenes, circa 1900
NA. Two of eight photos framed. FIne 
Pictures are of City Hall, the Vanderbilt twin mansions, Madison Square Garden, Trinity Church cemetery and surrounding buildings, the High Bridge (the aqueduct crossing over the Harlem River), Marble Collegiate Church and the Gillender Building. Adding interest to the images are not just the surrounding buildings and ambiance but also the street life -- horse drawn carriages and hansoms, pedestrians, children playing. The color in the photos is astonishingly rich and well-preserved -- there is no bleeding, fading, or corrupting of the color, it would appear, and this is surely in contrast to virtually any commercial postcard of the same locations from 1900, and postcards that would have been printed off of these proofs. Two of the photos are framed in cherry wood (or stained to look like cherry) frames, with wide, thick bevelled white matting -- the pictures of Madison Square and of the Twin Mansions. With frame, these measure 38.5 by 30.5 cm. The revealed photos are 22 by 16.5 cm, and the latter is set up oblong. The other photos are not of exactly uniform size, but are generally about 22 by 17. 
Price: 2650.00 USD
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It's Done in the Best Places
2 It's Done in the Best Places
Chicago Calvert Distillers Col. 1938 First Plastic spiral. Card stock cover. Near Fine 
Scarce -- no copies of this New York nightclub promo found on OCLC or elsewhere. No. 2043 of a limited edition -- the size of the limitation unstated. Folio, 36 by 26 cm. Unpaginated, 34 pages. With translucent blue plastic outer cover. Big spreads on the legendary nightclubs and restaurants of the era, among them, the Stork Club, Versailles, El Morocco, Paradise, Leon & Eddie's, the Rainbow Room, the Colony Restaurant, the Savoy-Plaza Cafe Lounge, the Marguery, the Casa Manana, La Conga, the Larue Restaurant, and Le Coq Rouge. Each of these establishments is given a lavish two page spread, with imaginative lay-outs interspersing and sometimes overlaying the photos on the text, which is more ample, and more informative, than one might expect from such a publication. While this isn't a muckraking venture -- each of the customers of Calvert is allowed to shine -- the proprietors, who are extensively quoted, do go into their philosphies and approaches to many aspects of their businesses, and one can get a real sense of them and their venues. Thus, for example, Sherman Billingsley speaks about how he generally spurns hiring outside name bands, and he goes into great length about the centrality of publicity for his business. With each of these businesses, too, there is a crisp inset setting forth factual details about the place -- location, description of decorations, the rent, type of food, number of employees, average customers per week, charges per customer, and the like. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Map of the City of New York, Showing the Wards and Election Districts.  November, 1870
3 Map of the City of New York, Showing the Wards and Election Districts. November, 1870
Centre Street, New York City The New York Printing Company 1870 First Half Calf. Pebbled cloth on boards. Good 
Ownership inscription by William Travers Jerome (1859-1934), New York politician and first cousin, once removed, of Winston Churchill. Elephantine folio, 58 by 46 cm, or 23 by 18 inches. With 36 double paged ward maps, three of which actually have a folding part as well, all of which have election districts within the wards highlighted by different colors. In all the maps the city blocks are shown uncommonly large for a city map (an individual map will capture about a square mile typically), and with the color coding of the blocks, these maps, created for a bureaucratic purpose, also happen to be very pleasing to the eye. This reference is scarce. We have been able to locate no copies on OCLC using First Search. The New York Historical Society has similar titles, from the New York Printing Company, but these references are in a format less than half the size and are more weighted towards text. Condition: rebacked, and new calf corners, in manner sympathetic to original. Of maps, one with a two inch closed tear. Generally the maps are clean and attractive. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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New York Stock Exchange Directory January 1933
4 New York Stock Exchange Directory January 1933
Limp cloth boards Very Good 
12mo., 18 by 15.5 cm. 222 pp. Listing of all its members, and also all the stock brokerage and investment banking firms in business at the height of the Depression. Moderate wear. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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5 [Print] Madison Cottage. Corporal Thompson, Proprietor. Cor Broadway and 23rd Street, New York
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1850. This is a colorized version of a rare New York City print. A copy of this print is in the Museum of the City of New York, but that copy is not hand-colored like this copy. Madison Cottage was a popular road-house located by what is now Madison Square Park, or the intersection of Fifth Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street, until it was razed in 1853. The road house was the first stop for travelers leaving the city, or the last one before entering. Like many coach stops, it also functioned as a tavern, but it was also a cattle exhibition hall and a popular meeting place for horse racing enthusiasts, especially upper class men. After being torn down, it was replaced by Franconi's Hippodrome which was used for chariot races. The print proper measures 23 by 35 cm, and framed, 39 by 51 cm. 
Price: 1650.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue]  H. O'Neill & Co., New York
6 [Trade Catalogue] H. O'Neill & Co., New York
Wraps Fine 
Chromolithographic die-cut covers and hat catalogue within from a 19th century department store. N.d., circa 1890s. At tallest and widest, 17 by 13. 5 cm. Unpaginated, 20 pp., plus wraps of thicker stock. The front and rear cover have bright chromos. The front, four good-looking children framed by fauna and flora, the rear, a pretty young lady wearing the kind of hat featured within the catalogue. Each page following the title has an illustration of a woman wearing an elaborate millinery concoction and below two plainer straw hats are shown by themselves. The notion is to show the basic hat and then how it can be dressed up with ribbons, faux flowers and other trimmings. The center pages have a textual pitch for the department store, with its departments listed. H. O'Neill was located at 6th Avenue and 20th Street. The store dates back to 1870, and its large building on Sixth Avenue went up in 1887. It was then the first full blockfront building in the neighborhood. While the store was merged with competitor Adams Dry Goods in 1906, its building survives to this day. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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7 Averell, George W., illustrator Pictures of Life and Character in New York
New York G. W. Averell and Co. 1878 First Blindstamped Cloth Very Good 
Scarce book on New York, with 19 tinted lithographic plates and a tinted litho. title page, each with advertisements on the verso. A panoramic glimpse at Old New York, taking in fashion, boxing, Castle Garden, the theater, Chatham Street, the riverfront, the aquarium, the Fulton ferry, Central Park, horse racing, boarding houses, street life and many trades, and society, high and low, and more. 4to. 33.5 by 26.5 cm. [40] pp. 20 litho. plates including title. Tape repair to FFEP. Minor staining to outer margin of final five plates. Contemporary cloth, rebacked with plain cloth matching in color. 
Price: 6000.00 USD
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Menu for Ye White Horse Inn, 114 West 45th Street, New York, Hammell, Will (1888-1963)
8 Hammell, Will (1888-1963) Menu for Ye White Horse Inn, 114 West 45th Street, New York
New York H. O. Co., Inc., printer 1933 NA Fine 
Wonderful menu of Depression Era theater district eatery, Ye White Horse Inn. The cover, front and back, features a colorful nostalgic coaching, equine foxhunting scene, evoking Georgian England and the rolling countryside and picturesque coach stop one can still find dotting the English countryside. Inside, the menu is decorated around its perimeter with gnomes and elfin figures that give this menu a special irresistible whimsy. The menu measures 28 by 42 cm when opened. Hammell was a successful commercial artist who did covers and other artwork for "Vogue" and "Puck" and many other publications. As this menu demonstrates, he had a facility with different styles of artwork. Light wear. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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9 Irving, Washington (Diedrich Knickerbocker). Illustrated by Parrish, Maxfield Knickerbocker's History of New York: A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty
New York R. H. Russell 1903 Hardcover (Paper pastedown on cover) Very Good 
Folio, 32 by 24 cm. xxxi, [4], 299 pp. Eight Parrish plates. Printed by D. B. Updike, The Merrymount Press, Boston. Spine slightly darkened and its lettering faded. Moderate wear to the cover elsewhere. Hinges repaired. Clean copy within. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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10 Irving, Washington (Diedrich Knickerbocker). Illustrated by Parrish, Maxfield Knickerbocker's History of New York: A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty
New York R. H. Russell 1900 First Hardcover (Paper pastedown on cover) Very Good 
Folio, 32 by 24 cm. xxxi, [4], 299 pp. Eight Parrish plates. Printed by D. B. Updike, The Merrymount Press, Boston. A few speckles of white or color loss on the spine's cloth. Other light wear to the boards. Interior is tight and clean. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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11 Jacobs, Charles M., chief engineer Chief Engineer's General Report upon the Initiation and Construction of Tunnel under the East River, New York, to the President and Directors of the East River Gas Company
New York 1894 First edition Cloth Very Good 
4to. 25 by 14 cm. 35 pp. Two photo plates within text pages, and following text are four additional plates, three of which are folding. Two of these are maps, the largest is a cross-section of the whole tunnel, and the final plate is a segmental plate for the tunnel lining. The report deals with all aspects of the contruction process, including problems with contractors, health issues and deaths, fire and other challenges. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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New York The World's Fair City, Monaghan, Frank, editor. Introduction by Hon. Grover A. Whalen
12 Monaghan, Frank, editor. Introduction by Hon. Grover A. Whalen New York The World's Fair City
Garden City Garden City Publishing Company, Inc. 1937 First Edition Paper pastedown. Hardcover. Near Fine Near Fine Jacket 
4to. 26 by 22 cm. Unpaginated. Many B/W photos of mid-1930s New York and projected illustrations for the upcoming 1939 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows. Light edgewear to the paper pastedown of the cover, and light wear to the DJ. Owner's name inked neatly in corner of FEP. A clean, bright copy, about as nice as one is bound to come across. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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New York The World's Fair City, Monaghan, Frank, editor. Introduction by Hon. Grover A. Whalen
13 Monaghan, Frank, editor. Introduction by Hon. Grover A. Whalen New York The World's Fair City
Garden City Garden City Publishing Company, Inc. 1937 First Edition Paper pastedown. Hardcover. Very Good Good Jacket 
4to. 26 by 22 cm. Unpaginated. Many B/W photos of mid-1930s New York and projected illustrations for the upcoming 1939 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows. Slight cock to the book. Edgewear to the DJ, with also unbecoming tape repair to its front, and a few other modest closed tears. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The New York 1939 Official World's Fair Pictorial Map, Sarg, Tony
14 Sarg, Tony The New York 1939 Official World's Fair Pictorial Map
1939 Wraps Very Good Minus 
Fun maps in the zany style of Sarg. Square 4to., 28.5 by 28.5 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pages, including wraps, and of these pages, there are two fold-outs (we count each panel as a page). With six maps, one being four panel, and the rest two panel, with one of these created when the folds meet. An uncommon piece of Sargiana and World's Fair ephemera. Condition: marginal dampstain, about two inches (4 cm) at the margin, where widest, about going in about 1/2 inch, or 2 cm, affecting four pages. Light marginal soiling besides. Cover with a flattened crease, other light soiling, and perhaps a touch of "fatigue". Maps inside are all bright and clean. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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15 Sarg, Tony Tony Sarg's New York
New York Greenberg Publisher Inc. 1926 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
Wonderful bird's eye views of some of the prominent sights, and sounds? of New York! Sounds are a question mark, because literally there is no sound, of course, but Sarg's pictures capture the life and throb of the city and it is easy to imagine the sounds that would have emanated from the depicted scene. Folio, 33 by 26 cm. Unpaginated, with two page introduction, 24 color plates, each preceded by a separate leaf with the place written on the recto, and a smart, clever or ironic caption on the facing verso. There is a mix of places now forever gone, such as the Aquarium that was in Battery Park, the Sixth Avenue L, and Peacock Alley in the Waldorf Astoria (the Waldorf is still around, but it is in a different location now); places that still exist but are enormously different today, such as the Stock Exchange, Chinatown or Columbus Circle, and places that are more or less the same, such as the Flatiron Building, Grand Central Station and the Public Library. Sarg shows the opulent and the gritty, the rich and the poor, and above all else, the legendary energy of the pulsing metropolis. One of the most wonderful of the plates is just of people from the Lower East Side. The collection of illustrations is full of serendipity, and somehow Sarg brings his unique vision to the most familiar of sights. Light to moderate wear to the cloth cover. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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16 Smith, Matthew Hale Sunshine and Shadow in New York
Hartford, CT J. B. Burr and Company 1868 First Edition Cloth Good Plus 
8vo. 712 pp. + 2 pp of ads. Compendium of New York institutions of day, Wall Street, Alexander Stewart, clubs, moneycracy, morality of city, Harper Brothers the publisher, John Jacob Astor, Beecher, crime, the police, Cornelius Vanderbilt, detectives, Blackmailing, the Five Points, the Bowery, sailors, Fernando Wood, the new Central Park, the lowly, gambling, and on and on. A must for anyone with a passion for old New York. Spine lettering faded. Light wear to the binding besides. Scattered foxing, heavy at times, most severe near the rear. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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17 Stern, Robert A. M., Gregory Gilmartin, Thomas Mellins New York 1930 Architecture and Urbanism Between the Two World Wars
New York Rizzoli 1987 First Edition Cloth Fine Fine Jacket 
Wonderful survey of all aspects of New York buildings and structures from the era, when the city was at its most romantic and in many respects, its apogee. This was the time that something resembling the contemporary city was taking shape. Still, some of the beautiful or important structures from this time survive no more, destroyed in the name of "progress". The most minor of wear. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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