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1850 EXQUISITE New York City Washington Irving Diedrich Knickerbocker BINDING

‘A History of New York’ is an early 19th-century historical account of the origin and development of New York City by Washington Irving. Irving, however, did not put his own name to the work giving credit to a pseudonym of Diedrich Knickerbocker. This is, perhaps, because much of the work is described as a satire and often does not portray America in a positive light. This book was the pinnacle of an elaborate ruse in which Irving started rumors regarding Knickerbocker and his mysterious disappearance.

While this work was written in out of a curious situation, it still offered useful historical information and context.

Item number: #5677

Price: $499

IRVING, Washington

A history of New-York, : from the beginning of the world to the end of the Dutch dynasty; containing, among many surprising and curious matters, the unutterable ponderings of Walter the Doubter, the disasterous projects of William the Testy, and the chivalric achievements of Peter the Headstrong -- the three Dutch governors of New Amsterdam: being the only authentic history of the times that ever hath been or ever will be published.

New-York: : George P. Putnam, 155 Broadway, M. DCCC. L. [1850]


Collation: Complete with all pages

xvi, 454, [4]

Illustrated with 15 drawings

Language: English

Binding: Leather; tight and secure

Size: ~8.5in X 6.5in (21.5cm x 16cm)

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1850 EXQUISITE New York City Washington Irving

Estimate $499 - $1,000May 19, 2019