New York: E. Jones & Co. 1869. hardcover. Illustrated manual of the Corporation of the City of New York. 896pp. with engraved portraits, fold out maps, lithograph views, etc. Thick 8vo, rebound in yellow buckram. Bookplate "From the Library of William M. Ivins" pasted on inside front cover. Maps and illustrations 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, 1906. New York: E. Jones & Co., 1869. very good.
This 1869 edition the "Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York" was one of the two manuals published by the New York City Common Council to be issued by Joseph Shannon, clerk of the council in 1868 and 1869. The "Manuals of the Corporation" were directories of extensive historical and contemporary records of New York first 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. By this late date in the publishing of the manuals - the first was released in 1841 and the last in 1870 - the volumes had become extremely lavish, filled with illustrated and full-color folding maps. The 1869 edition is no exception, as it is illustrated throughout with lithographs and engravings of important city landmarks and personalities. There are a number of fold-out maps, including a "Map of the City of New York Showing its Political Divisions and Subdivisions" from August 1869 at the front of the volume. This example is complete ad has been rebound. D.T. Valentine (1801-1869) served as the Deputy to the Clerk of the Common Council for thirty-seven years and took it upon himself to compile the "Manuals", which he updated and published annually from 1841-1866. Joseph Shannon succeeded Valentine as Clerk and published the manuals for 1868 and 1869. This compendium is an excellent source of early New York City history.