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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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New York Stock Exchange Directory January 1933
2 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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[Print] Madison Cottage.  Corporal Thompson, Proprietor.  Cor Broadway and 23rd Street, New York
3 [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 it is matted. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue]  H. O'Neill & Co., New York
4 [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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5 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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[Print] La Nouvelle Yorck No. 257., Chereau, Jaccques
6 Chereau, Jaccques [Print] La Nouvelle Yorck No. 257.
Paris Chez J. Chereau NA Very Good 
Hand-colored print New York harbor and based on the caption below, possibly attempting to show the English takeover of New Amsterdam, soon to become New York, in 1666. This engraving was issued as a vue d'optique, but the upper title with the lettering in reverse was cut out of this copy, which was trimmed so there are no blank margins remaining. As typical of the genre (vue d'optiques), the depiction of New York harbor bears no resemblance to the actual place, then, or ever, as the artwork was done by someone who almost surely never set eyes on the place he was conjuring up. The print is comparatively scarce, with no copies located on OCLC First Search other than what appears only an internet resource at AAS. N.d., circa 1770s, when Chereau was active and issuing other prints relating to New York. 26.5 by 38 cm. Printed on a thick paper, which is now pasted onto a limp card. Condition: light soiling and age toning. Minor close tearing and edge wear. Flattened creasing down center. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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7 Dawson, Henry B. Original watercolors added by Thomas Addis Emmet The Park and Its Vicinity in the City of New York Gleanings from the Harvest-field of American history
Morrisania, New York Printed at the Bradstreet Press, New York 1867 Limited Edition Half Morocco. Very Good 
Lovely added watercolors in the margins and sometimes lightly overlaying the text, done in 1903 by Thomas Emmet. No. 96 of 250 copies in limitation and signed by Henry B. Dawson, and extra-illustrated ("Graingerized") separate from the watercolor work done subsequently. 4to. 27 by 20 cm. viii, 95 pp., not counting the many unpaginated plates. With 94 plates, nine of which are color or partly colored. 41 of these plates are architectural or panoramic in nature, 49 are portraits, one is a watercolor coat-of-arms, two, historical genre illustration. One plate folding. The book itself is about City Hall Park, which remains a gem in Lower Manhattan, and covered in the work is the history of the park's neighborhood from the English seizure of the city from the Dutch in 1664 to the nineteenth century. This is not a book that aims for literary honors; at best, its style might be described as quaint, with a knowing discursiveness and occasional opaqueness. It is the book's augmented elements -- rich variety of plates, and the charming watercolors -- that are far more bound to excite, both now and in an earlier time. Places painted include Burn's Coffee House, Bowling Green, the Jail, and views of City Hall and the park in front. Watercolored vignette portraits are of of Henry Dawson, David Valentine (the dedicatee and also the author of the numerous annual Manuals), Alexander Hamilton, James Duane (?) and George Washington. Finally there is a full page plate with a painting of the Delancey coat-of-arms. Condition: rebacked with a lighter brown morocco that is nonetheless most fitting and attractively melds with the leather on the boards. Light age toning of the leaves around the edges. Occasional light foxing. Generally clean, and a most handsome copy overall. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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[Vue d'Optique] Der Einzug der Königlichen Völcker in Neu Yorck.  L’Entré triumphale de Troupes royales a Nouvelle Yorck, Habermann, Franz Xaver
8 Habermann, Franz Xaver [Vue d'Optique] Der Einzug der Königlichen Völcker in Neu Yorck. L’Entré triumphale de Troupes royales a Nouvelle Yorck
Augsburg Academie Imperiale d'Empire des Arts Libereaux 1778 NA Good 
A fanciful hand-colored rendering of Revolutionary New York, as the norm for Vue d'Optiques, which were typically drawn by artists who had never been to the places depicted. 30 by 41 cm. The city looks more like Berlin or Hannover than New York. The marching soldiers are also obviously imagined and not based on a drawing or sketch from life. Among other things, the British soldiers are generally not wearing redcoats, and so the uniforms are probably more in the style of some German army's. Nonetheless, the print does evidence the newsworthiness of the American Revolution in Europe as well as the distortions that entered into its remote coverage. Condition: stains and soiling around perimeter. On heavy card, so the print itself is sturdy. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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Menu for Ye White Horse Inn, 114 West 45th Street, New York, Hammell, Will (1888-1963)
9 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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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 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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11 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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12 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
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. 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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Sketchbook, Oddie, Walter Meigs (1807 or 1808 - 1865) and Henry Meigs (1782-1861)
14 Oddie, Walter Meigs (1807 or 1808 - 1865) and Henry Meigs (1782-1861) Sketchbook
New York City 1828 Hardcover. Cloth spine. Marbled pastedown on Good 
Original watercolors of rural Manhattan as it appeared in 1828. Among these, and captioned, are a farmhouse on Broadway and 8th Street; Kips Bay, showing a boy sailing a small craft with a farmhouse in the background; a house in Bloomingdale, the location of an early village now the Upper West Side along the river between 96th and 106th Streets; and a stately mansion surrounded by fields and less important buildings we would conjecture in or around Bloomingdale but captioned, surely incorrectly, the Battery. Most of the paintings are uncaptioned. Of these, some are surely the Upper Hudson area, or are scenes that we can't tell whether they are upstate or in the present day city. The artist also ventured away from the New York areas. Among the non-New York paintings are a depiction of the Cape Pogue Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard, which still stands; Fowey Harbour, which is in Cornwall; and a few scenes which look very much like Scotland. Oblong, 14 by 19.5 cm. 55 watercolors, generally fully finished. Although the sketchbook has a label on its front board bearing the name of Walter Oddie, who was a listed artist, we believe a good amount of the artwork contained in this sketchbook is of his father-in-law, Henry Meigs. Meigs had been a U.S. Congressman from New York and also held a number of other political positions in the city over the course of his career. More pertinently, Meigs was known to be an amateur painter, and as such, an inspiration to Oddie. Given Oddie’s youth at the time -- he was 20 or 21 years old – and from his diary for the years 1828 and 1829, now housed in the Winterthur Library, we know he was just starting to paint, we find it inconceivable that he would have had the skill yet to produce the sensitive and fine renderings of nature and buildings that typify this sketchbook. Further underlying our thinking about attribution is that some of captioning only makes sense if Meigs were the primary artist. We do consider it quite likely that Oddie may have done some of the sketchier work contained herein, as well as contributing in bits and pieces to his father-in-law’s work, as well as perhaps copying some of it in this sketchbook. To us, it isn’t really so important who was responsible for particular paintings in the sketchbook. Rather, the significance lies in the recording of New York City and its surroundings at the time – we suspect that there may be no recording anywhere of some of the buildings and locations at this time. And of course, not to be minimized, is the beauty of the better paintings contained in the sketchbook. Whatever the degree of Oddie’s contribution, the sketchbook does have something to say about his career, and visa versa, given that it contains the type of artwork for which he became known later. Oddie was born in Maryland, Washington, D.C. or possibly New Orleans, but spent almost his entire life in New York, and more specifically, New York City, Brooklyn or Long Island. In 1828, the year most of the watercolors in the catalogue were executed, Oddie was spending much of his time in the city. Once Oddie’s interest in painting was sparked, he was believed to have been largely self-taught, but he did come to study art with Hudson River School painter Robert Walter Weir and Anthony Lewis De Rose, a portrait and historical painter. From the diary we know that Oddie did work with De Rose in 1829; we believe that his tutelage with Weir came later. From the diary we know that Oddie was regularly going to art exhibits and critiquing what he saw. The diary also discloses, or corroborates our prior sense, that Oddie sometimes would work off of engraved prints. To what degree he was merely copying the prints, as opposed to using the prints as a spur to his own imagination, we can not determine with certitude. We tend to think the views of Scottish and Welsh castles contained in the Sketchbook were done by Meigs, not Oddie, and so they might well have been done from life. From the diary we know that Oddie had some day job that occupied him during the week, and so he did most of his painting at that time on the weekends, when he would often go for long hikes along the Hudson. Oddie also refers in the diary to having been in Hudson, then and now, the county seat of Columbia County, and so it is very plausible that some of the upstate scenery is from around there. (Again, we think some of these paintings may have been done by Meigs.) Oddie would become an associate member of the National Academy of Design, where he frequently exhibited his artwork. One further note – we spoke of questioning one caption referring to the Battery. In 1828, the urbanized part of the city didn’t even reach 14th Street, but the Battery, as the oldest part of the city, was thoroughly urbanized. Thus the painting could not be of the Battery. But the landscape is very consistent with the topography of Upper Manhattan. 
Price: 25000.00 USD
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The New York 1939 Official World's Fair Pictorial Map, Sarg, Tony
15 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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16 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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The Jumel Mansion, Shelton, William Henry
17 Shelton, William Henry The Jumel Mansion
Boston and New York Houghton Mifflin Company 1916 First Decorated Cloth Near Fine 
4to. Limited edition of 800. Subtitle: Being a full History of the House on Harlem Heights built by Roger Morris before the Revolution. Together with some account of its more notable occupants.Illustrated. xii,257 pp. Large octavo, green cloth, gilt-stamped title to spine, with picture of Mansion on front board, a true delight in this copy, which is bright and vivid. Binding tight, pages clean. One flaw: rear board, one inch down from top, there is a small spot where green cloth worn through. Otherwise, it would be a fine copy. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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18 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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