New York, NY: D. Appleton & Company, 1855. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Item #27218
In two volumes: 493 + 608 pages; each volume has its own useful index. Vol. I with a folding Map of New Netherland as frontispiece (tear at attachment; no loss); a folding plate with the facsimile signatures of the three first Directors General, Dutch clergymen and other principal men connected with the affairs of New Netherland; also a folding Map of Rensselaers Wyck Anno 1630. Vol II frontispiece with a tissue-guarded engraved portrait of P. Stuyvesant by Gimbrede after an original by Vandyke; another page of facsimile signatures; and a folding map showing Nova Belgica sive Nieuw Nederlandt, centered on the Hudson River & with a small vignette-view of Nieuw Amsterdam opt Eylant Manhattans at bottom margin; another engraved portrait, of Jeremias Van Rennslaer, is in the text. Contents regarding New York's Dutch colonial history, compiled by Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan (1797 - 1880) "...the greatest editor of state papers this commonwealth has ever known, having given twenty-two years of his life, 1848-1870, to that work...Indeed, for some material that was destroyed in the (NY) Capitol fire of 1911, we are dependent solely on the printed volumes... " (Everett Peterson 1934 NYS Hist. Assoc. paper) Approx. 6 1/4" x 9 3/8" size, bound in the original dark brown decoratively blind-stamped cloth covered boards, spines gilt titled. Some edge, tips wear and rubbing to the binding, surface cloth of spine ends chipped away; (blank) front endpaper of Vol II excised; contents in very good condition.