First published in 1901, this charming guidebook takes the reader on a journey through New York City's past by visiting its most historic sites in chronological order. These sites were marked with inscribed tablets that appear as facsimiles throughout this book.
Typical of the style of writing often found in the late 19th century, the book employs a rather corny (but not objectionable) device: a professor dispensing his sage historical knowledge to some precocious children as he leads them through the back alleys and graveyards of the old city. Even so, it contains enough valuable information to hold the interest of any adult. Its worth lies in the careful reproduction of the tablet inscriptions, the exact location of historic sites, the explanation of the origin of street names, and the addition of a comprehensive bibliography and list of references.
Landmark History of New York is profusely illustrated with photos, ancient maps, drawings and old prints, and even includes a few poems. Beginning in "the old Dutch town" with tablet number one, which marks the site of the first habitations of white men on the island of Manhattan in 1613, and ending with the first excavation for the underground railway, this century-old tour is sure to delight anyone who has ever visited or lived in The Big Apple.
1901, (reprint), 5½x8½, paper, index, 297 pp.