FAY, Theodore Sedgwick (1807-1898); and James H. DAKIN (1806-1852)
Views in New-York and its Environs from Accurate, Characteristic & Picturesque Drawings
New York: Peabody & Co.; London: O. Rich, 1831. 4to. (10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches). Engraved title vignette, 38 engraved views on 15 sheets (9 on India paper, as issued) after Dakin and others, engraved folding map by Hooker (hand-coloured in outline). (Minor foxing).
Expertly bound to style in half tan calf over original period marbled paper covered boards, spine gilt, marbled endpapers. Housed in a morocco backed cloth box.
Provenance: Dugas de la Boissonny (bookplate); R.L.U. (booklabel)
First edition of a lovely series of New York views, rarely found complete as here.
"The Peabody prints offer fascinating glimpses of New York in the 1830s" and form "a lively document of a city in the making" (Deák). The iconic images in Fay's book include Manhattan from Governor's Island, Broadway, Bowling Green, the publisher's offices on Broadway, City Hall, Elysian Fields Hoboken, Coffee-House Slip, Pearl Street, Fulton Market, Blackwell's Island, and La Grange Terrace. The work was originally intended to be issued in ten parts, of which only eight were actually issued; however, the last "part," consisted of just two supplementary leaves of text, misnumbered  through 46. This has led Howes and others to state the book has only forty-six pages, when in fact it should collate: preliminary leaf,[i]-58, -46, as here. Of the plates, the two issued in the final part are almost always missing (the Episcopal Seminary and three other scenes; and LaGrange Terrace), but both are present here. The street map of lower Manhattan to 52nd Street, engraved by Hooker expressly for this work, is oriented with north to the south and is divided into districts; streets are named and docks are identified.
BAL 5686; Deák 399; Howes F64; Stokes III: page 599.