New York: Privately Published, 1922. First Edition. Quarto (31cm); dark blue publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt; [74pp]. Spine well sunned; material fraying/loss at crown and heel, leading corners; mild surface wear and soiling to boards; interiors foxed intermittently, with some yellowing to margins; first signature slightly pulled; short tear on fore edge of title and foreword pages. Overall Very Good.
Henry Collins Brown, founder of the Museum of the City of New York, showcases several photographs, paintings, engravings, and illustrations (in color and b/w) of New York City, from its founding to the early 1920's. Specifically, this book was "privately printed for Valentine's Manual and to be sold at the sign of the Dog and Duck, 15 East 40th Street, near the Publick Library, where is also to be found the best bed of asparagus on this Island", in anticipation of the city's upcoming tercentenary.