New York: 1866.
Illustrated manual of the Corporation of the City of New York. 820 pp. with 2 fold out maps and 18 diagrams and chromolithographed views. Black buckram library binding with gold embossed title on spine. 12mo. Great Fire map lined with Japanese tissue and tipped in. 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. New York: 1866.
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 a view of "Spuyten Duyvel Creek" and "South East View of the City of New York 1768". Maps in this edition include "[Map of] New-York City County, and Vicinity" and "This Plan of the City of New York...was made for the purpose of shewing the progress and extent of the Great Fire which happened in the 1776...repairs and tape along folds". 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.