15 November 2011
Property from a New England Institution
STOKES, Isaac Newton Phelps (1867-1944). The Iconography of Manhattan Island. New York: Robert H. Dodd, 1915-1928.
6 volumes, 4o (282 x 206 mm). Numerous illustrations, top edges gilt, others uncut. (Some discoloration in volume one on a few text leaves and one plate in the gutter at the head, plate 50 torn across at the fold, affecting image). Original half-vellum, top edges gilt, others uncut; slipcases (some with light chipping and tearing).
LIMITED EDITION, one of 360 sets on English hand-made paper. INSCRIBED BY STOKES on fly-leaf in volume one: "'There is much of mysterious interest surrounding the beginning of many of our early American cities, and a very special fascination and charm bound up with the memory of the early struggles, and later triumphs, of our own little island of Manhattan, which make its kaleidoscopic history - to those at least whose ancestors called it their home, and bore a part in its development - more interesting than that of any other city of the New World.' I.N. Phelps Stokes From Introduction to 'New York Past and Present.' I.N.P.S. - 1939. New York, March 20th, 1943." Howes S1026. (6)
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