Burr & Co, 1869. Ten of the twelve original engraved illustrations present. Frontispiece is missing as is the illustration opposite p. 437 " Inside Harry Hill's Dance House." First edition preserved in a beautiful modern full leather binding. Some scattered foxing and toning of pages. Pristine new endpapers. Leather binding is fine. Item #661
"My purpose in this book has been to draw the Great Metropolis with its lights and shades, in a series of graphic papers: to sketch New York as I have seen it. From original and reliable sources I have drawn my information and material for these sketches. I have selected representative men, and have attempted fairly to present their characteristics, and usually as their friends would wish to see them. Of things and places, I have drawn from my own knowledge or observation. M.H.S."
Chapter titles include: The City of Hew York; High Life in New York; Wall Street; Alexander T. Stewart; A Shoddy Party; Mrs. Burdell-Cunningham; Sharp Business, and its Value; Mr. Beecher and Plymouth Church; Harper Brothers; Stock and Oil Preachers; John Jacob Astor; Black-Mailing as an Art; Sunday in New York; Detective Force of New York; A Night Among the Detectives; The Tombs on Sunday Morning; Police Force of New York; William B. Astor; Cornelius Vanderbilt; The Five Points; The Bowery; Philip Phillips, the Christian Vocalist; Sailors in New York; Fulton Street Prayer-Meeting; and sixty-nine more chapters.