The Cries of New York
New York, 1822
The Cries of New York. New York: Samuel Wood & Sons, Baltimore, 1822.

A compendium of long-lost sounds of old New York as told through woodcuts. Although intended for a juvenile audience, Cries offers a fine reference for daily life and commerce in early nineteenth century New York. The tiny volume covers a wide array of street occupations from the familiar night watchman, firefighter, and chimney sweep to the more unfamiliar such as a hot corn seller, a baked pear vendor and even a peddler offering "Choice Clams," all the way from "Rock-a-way beach."

12mo (128 x 70mm). Woodcut illustrations throughout (several pages lightly creased with some mild scattered foxing). Pictorial wraps (light wear to backstrip). Custom chemise and calf-backed box. Provenance: Lynde Belknap (ownership inscription on title).

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