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Description:This long (55in) original antique rare lithograph print, a view of New York City, from Brooklyn Heights, in 1798 by George Hayward was published in the 1861 edition of D T Valentines Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York or Valentines Manual.A rare highly detailed and almost photograph like view of New York City, with names of houses and significant places recorded is one of the earliest real life views available as it was at the end of the 18th century. Included in the view is Trinity Church, Wall St., St. Paul\'s Church, the New York Hospital and many other early building of NYC.
General Definitions:Paper thickness and quality: - Light and stablePaper color : - off whiteAge of map color: -Colors used: -General color appearance: -Paper size: - 55in x 7in (1.40m x 180mm)Plate size: - 55in x 7in (1.40m x 180mm)Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)
Imperfections:Margins: - Light chipping along edgesPlate area: - Folds as issued, light creasing, repair to first left foldVerso: - Folds as issued, light creasing, repair to first left fold
Background: Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York or Valentines Manuals, published annually for nearly 30 years, contained hundreds of rare beautifully hand coloured contemporary and historical lithograph maps and views of New York City.
Valentine, David Thomas 1801 - 1869 As the Clerk of the Common Council of New York City, Valentine edited and published a series of books on the history and contemporary facts of New York City entitled Manual of the Corporation Of The City of New York. They became know as Valentines Manuals with updates published annually, between 1841 & 1870. Valentine used his manuals to produce some of the rarest and most important maps & views of the city of New York, some of which occasionally appear on the market. His contribution to the historical record of New York city cannot be over stated.