Brooklyn, New York: Privately Printed, 1868. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Item #26830
A presentation copy, the front free endpaper having the handwritten inscription, "Mr. Daniel Tredwell with regards of T.W.F." The author Thomas W. Field to his fellow Long Island historian Tredwell, author of "Personal Reminiscences of Men and Things on Long Island." (1912). iv + 96 pages; with folding map of Brooklyn at the time of the Revolutionary War drawn by Genl. Jeremiah Johnson, approx.. 11" x 20" overall size (closed tear, no loss); also with color, tinted & black & white illustrations collated complete according to the list given; there is also an extra-illustration tipped-in with the others, an engraving of "Surrender of Col. Rahl at the Battle of Trenton," for a total of 12 plates + folding map. Text studies devoted to Nicasius de Sille; the two British occupations of the Presbyterian Church of Jamaica; the Suydam House & Hessians in Brooklyn; Retreat of Valley Grove; Indian, Dutch and English names of Localities in Brooklyn and its Vicinity; the Tide Mills of Brooklyn; a Narrative of the Services of the Maryland Battalion in Brooklyn, on the 27th of August, 1776 among other short essays and a group of "Traditions and Anecdotes" including the Skirmish of the Stone Lot, George Washington's tour of Long Island, Major Andre on LI and the escape of Ebenezer Prime from Huntington from British forces. Howes F-119. That reference entry states the book was issued in 100 copies; however, this has the printed notation of "Edition Limited to 110 Copies" on the reverse of the title page. OCLC also states 110 copies only; with the additional 'Note' stating that the "Edition limited to 110 copies./ F.P. and L.C. Harper Cat. No. 124, Dec. 1908 states that a very few of the 110 copies have the original p. 23-26. Others substituted in most copies. Important difference..." No references seem to indicate the specific differences or the characteristics of the first or second issues. Our copy has been visually compared side-by-side to another first edition copy; that one has substituted pages for the originals inserted on cancels, the replacements printed on different paper stock, per the above references. Ours has the original pages 23 to 26, with no substitutions. In addition to the presentation inscription, there is a small manuscript correction to the name of Nicasius de Sille on the contents page, in what appears to be the author's hand. Previous owner name and address on front endpaper of collector George R. Brush, dated Nov. 1884. Approx. 7 1/2" x 11 3/8" size; bound in the original publishers' dark brown ribbed cloth; paper spine title label. Some edge, tips wear-through, spotting & wear to the cloth; spine covering chipped away at edges and at ends; the original spine covering laid-down; block solidly sewn and firmly bound. Contents and illustrations in very good condition.