[Early American Imprint]; Spafford, Horatio Gates
Title A GAZETTEER OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK EMBRACING AN AMPLE SURVEY AND DESCRIPTION OF ITS COUNTIES, TOWNS, CITIES, VILLAGES, CANALS, MOUNTAINS, LAKES, RIVERS, CREEKS, AND NATURAL TOPOGRAPHY, ARRANGED IN ONE SERIES, ALPHABETICALLY WITH AN APPENDIX...
Binding Full calf
Book Condition Very good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Albany Published by B.D. Packard, no.73 State-Street, and by the author, at Troy. Packard & Van Benthuysen, printers 1824
Seller ID 1261
8vo (5½” x 8¾” ). pp. 620. Contemporary mottled calf with red morocco spine label and 6 sets of gilt rules on spine. Printed in double columns and includes a fold-out map of the state of New York. Addenda pasted on p. 620. An alphabetical dictionary of the geographical makeup, social statistics and physical features of the state of New York in 1824. Spafford created his Gazetteer based on his own research as well as answers to questions he posed in more than 1100 letters he sent out to the towns and cities included in the Gazetteer (Boyd).
Although Spafford published a Gazetteer of the state of New York in 1813, the author considered this volume a new edition as it is almost twice the size of his 1813 Gazetteer, and was organized on a completely different principle (see preface). A valuable resource for the student of early nineteenth century American social history that provides minute information available in few other sources, except perhaps in the contemporary journals of travelers.
A solid copy with a chip to the head of the spine and general rubbing and wear; scattered foxing and toning within the text block. Boyd, AAS 51, 279; Howes S-802; Shaw and Shoemaker 18063.