Title: A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty
Author: Diedrich Knickerbocker (Washington Irving)
Illustrator: F. S. Church
Description: The Author's Revised Edition complete in One Volume. Stratford Edition. Green cloth boards stamped in black with gilt lettering on spine. Tail of spine frayed; corners and head of spine pushed and heavily rubbed. Price marked in red pencil on ffep. Previous possesso
r erased a pencil inscription on front flyleaf dated 1890. A few minor spots of soiling here and there. Frontispiece plus three plates illustrated by F.S. Church. xii, 525 pp. 7.75 x 5.5 inches. Washington Irving's first major book, originally published in 1809. This is his satirical take on New York's local history and its contemporary politics. Written under the ruse of being the actual found manuscript of a debt-evading, Dutch historian named Diedrich Knickerbocker.
The novel's extensive subtitle alerts the reader that it will contain "among many surprising and curious matters, the unutterable ponderings of Walter the Doubter, the disastrous projects of William the Testy, and the chivalric achievements of Peter the Headstrong; the three Dutch governors of New Amsterdam - being the only authentic history of the times that ever hath been or ever will be published... by Diedrich Knickerbocker.
Jacket Condition: None
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Place: New York
Keywords: novel, satire
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