New York: G.P. Putnams [first work]; printed by John P. Prall [all three];, 1849.
First edition. Engraved frontispiece of the Merchant's Exchange, additional engraved vignette title, full page woodcut on yellow paper, and folding map in the first work; full page woodcut on yellow paper in second work; and woodcut vignettes throughout third. [x], -125; 24; , 180,  pp. 8vo. New York City carved in wood. Original cloth brown cloth. Spine and top margin of upper board faded, internally clean Provenance: Taylor's Hotel (annotations at front of volume). Item #313314
A curious work of New York boosterism, printed to promote a model of New York city carved in wood and exactly replicating every building in the city. The model was conceived and executed by E. Porter Belden and 150 assisting artisans, at a reported cost of over $20,000, and was exhibited at the Minerva Room beginning in 1846, with the intention of exhibiting it throughout the United States. (Whitman saw it and praised it highly.) The present volume is comprised of a history of New York by Belden, written with the aid of the "vast number of statistical details" collected in the course of constructing the model. The second work gives an account of the model and describes it in detail, provides testimony to its accuracy by leading civic figures, and reprints favorable press reviews. The third work is a New York advertising circular in excess of 200 pages, complete with index, providing an in-depth portrait of commercial New York in the late 1840s.
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