New York: Prall, Lewis; Philadelphia: G. S. Appleton, 1849-1850. Item #33577
Original Cloth. 8vo. 141; 24; 203 pages. 20 cm. New-York, past, present, and future: comprising a history of the city of New-York, a description of its present condition and an estimate of its future increase (1850) [With] New-York--as it is; being the counterpart of the Metropolis of America; New York, 1849, (24 p. ) ; and The American Advertiser (3rd ed. New-York : Prall, Lewis & Co. , 1850) . (203 p. , chiefly advertisements) . Each with separate title page. Front engraved title page. Publisher's advertisement: 4 p. (at front) . Nineteen engraved plates, with tissue guards. One fold out map of New York [19 x 22 cm; Scale ca. 1: 30, 000; Shows wards and ferry lines and radial distances; Covers Manhattan up to 19th St. On the west side and up to 33rd St. On the east side; Also covers parts of Brooklyn and Williamsburg; Oriented with north to the right]. All gilt outer edges. Ezekiel Porter Belden was a lawyer, editor of the New York Journal of Commerce, and graduate of Yale. He is known for his scale model of New York City, which was exhibited at the Minerva Room in the late 1840's. These volumes on New York are known as “prideful, self-congratulatory guidebooks that appeared during the boom years” (pg 672; Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898; Burrows, Wallace) . Subjects: New York (N. Y. ) - History. New York (N. Y. ) - Description and travel. New York (State) - New York. OCLC lists 21 copies of this edition. Boards rubbed, with small loss at very top of headband on backstrip. Publisher's advertising pamphlet tipped into front. Lacks front endpaper, institutional stamps throughout, but none obscuring text or images, about good condition. (SPEC-40-31).