Auction 133, Lot 739

"The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498 to 1909 (Volumes I - VI)",

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1998 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9 x 11.4 inches
22.9 x 29 cm

The title continues "Compiled from Original Sources and Illustrated by Photo-Intaglio Reproductions of Important Maps, Plans, Views, and Documents in Public and Private Collections. By I.N. Phelps Stokes." Complete in six volumes, this is the 1998 Martino reprint. This enormous book contains 500 to 600 pages in each volume and is filled with plans, hundreds of maps, portraits, broadsides and other style of document. Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (1867-1944) was from one of New York's wealthiest families. His huge collection led to the publication of the original volumes between 1915 and 1928 for "a two-fold purpose: to collect, to condense, and to arrange systematically and in just proportion, within the confines of a single work, the facts and incidents which are of the greatest consequence and interest in the history of New York City, with special reference to its topographical features and to the physical development of the island; and to illustrate this material by the best reproductions obtainable of important and interesting contemporary maps, plans, views, and documents" according to his writing in the works Preface. Each quarto volume is hardbound in red cloth with black and gilt title label on each spine. Published by Martino Fine Books, The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd, 1998.


Condition: A+

As new.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/1/2010