[New York]. 1825-1826. ,408,pp. Forty-five maps, portraits, and plates (many folding, maps in color); plus eight leaves of facsimiles. Quarto. Elaborately gilt tooled calf, rebacked. Scattered foxing and darkening of contents, lacks part of one large folding plate, else good. Item #WRCAM1585
The author, scion of an old New York family, was the mayor of New York when he wrote this book on the completion of the Erie Canal. Predicting that the Canal will make New York the commercial metropolis of the world, he describes the history of canal development and navigable waterways in the Northeast, with schemes both practical and impractical. Two other sections describe the Grand Canal Celebration on Nov. 4, 1825, and the various guilds and groups which participated in it. There is also a description of the route, accompanied by lithographs of scenes along the way. All of the lithographs were executed by Anthony Imbert, to whom Harry Peters accords the title of pioneer lithographer of New York City. A significant work long famous for its maps and lithographs. HOWES C562, "aa." SABIN 14279. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 20118. PETERS, AMERICA ON STONE, pp.228-32.