New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1917. First Edition. Octavo (22cm); pictorial dark green cloth, stamped in black, grey, and gilt; x, 301pp, frontis., 16 plates. Boards smudged and worn; leading corners bumped; rubbing to extremities, with slight chipping to crown and heel of spine. Front pastedown/ffep tanned; sticker on ffep, ex libris/residue on rear pastedown; foxing and marginalia/underlining intermittent throughout. Top edge gilt. Overall Very Good.
A comprehensive and engaging history of Greenwich Village, from its origins as "the green village"—a small hamlet on Manhattan Island—to New York City's favored "Bohemian" home for the eccentric and artistic, at least as it was in 1917. A fascinating look back at a fascinating place, from a perspective that is also now purely historical. Ex libris states this copy belonged to the McKees Rocks (PA) Boys Club Library, while a sticker in front reminds young patrons to wash their hands before reading.