STOKES, ISAAC NEWTON PHELPS The Iconography of Manhattan Island. New York: Robert H. Dodd, 1915-28. First edition, one of 4...
New York: Robert H. Dodd, 1915-28. First edition, one of 42 sets on Japanese vellum, this set inscribed by Phelps in 1936 ("Manhattan Island! What mystery and fascination..."). 6 volumes bound in 12, fine full dark brown morocco panelled in gilt by the Rose Bindery, the spines tooled and lettered in gilt with raised bands, lined slipcases. 11 x 7 7/8 (28.5 x 20.5 cm); profusely illustrated with plates and maps, the title in volume I engraved and signed. The joint of volume I starting, some rubbing to spines, a fine and attractively bound set.
"The most elaborate and comprehensive history of New York City" (Howes). A letter laid into this set reports that it had been bound for presentation for Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands but Stokes became "furiously incensed" at the Queen and in turn sold it to a friend, to whom he has warmly inscribed the front blank. The presentation issue of 42 sets printed on Japanese vellum is rare at auction. Howes S1026.
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