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ALS Major General & Inspector Alexander Macomb to Lieut. Col. S. Thayer, Superintendent USMA
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ALS Major General & Inspector Alexander Macomb to Lieut. Col. S. Thayer, Superintendent USMA

1824. Very good overall. Letter addressed to Sylvanus Thayer, the "Father of West Point", with a list of the names of those invited to be examiners of the graduating class of West Point in 1824. A famous graduate of this Class was Robert P. Parrott, best known as the inventor of the "Parrott gun". The Parrott gun was a rifled cannon that gave the Union a marked advantage in the Civil War; it was developed while Parrott was superintendent of the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, NY. Thayer (1785 - 1872), the recipient of this letter, was appointed superintendent of West Point in 1817 by President James Monroe; he resigned in 1833. He established many traditions still in place, including strict discipline, the summer encampment, the demerit system, and the requirement for high academic standards. Dated May 24, 1824, Engineer. Department Washington, and signed Alex.r Macomb. Copied by Zebina J. D. Kinsley, cadet USMA. Contemporary folds, few short closed tears at edges. 8 x 9 3/4"

$275.00

The Port Folio. Third Series. Volume 2
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The Port Folio. Third Series. Volume 2

By Oldschool, Oliver

Philadelphia and New York: Bradford & Inskeep, 1813. Hardcover. Good + condition. American literary magazine, July through December 1813, with Hudson River & Catskill Mountains content including a lovely copper engraved plate, "Catskill Mountains and the Steam Boat on the Hudson River", by Glennie (p453). Also much content pertaining to the War of 1812: "Life of Commodore Bainbridge" (commander of the USS Constitution, known as Old Ironsides, the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel, still afloat, in Boston), with engraved portrait (pp 553 -578); copper engravings of Commodore John Barry & James Lawrence; naval songs (The Pillar of Glory by Edwin C. Holland, and "Charge the Can Cheerily". Also an article on the Pacific Fur Company expedition to the Pacific (pp 394 - 401). The Port Folio was a Philadelphia literary and political magazine, published 1801-1814 by Joseph Dennie, one of the leading scholars and authors of the Federalist period, who wrote under the name Oliver Oldschool. 8vo, 668 pp, numerous engraved illustrations, folding plates. Three quarter red leather and marbled boards. Boards a bit rubbed, spine chipped, front hinge cracked but holding; front end paper detached, faint damp staining to a few pages, folding music plates with tears but complete. OCLC: 6594597.

$250.00

Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written During the War Between the United Colonies and Great Britain.  Volume I.
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Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written During the War Between the United Colonies and Great Britain. Volume I.

By Washington, George; John Carey

London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, B. and J. Whilte, T. Cadell and W. Davies, W. Otridge and Son, J. Debrett, R. Faulder, and T. Egerton, 1795. Hardcover. Good condition. The first of 2 volumes of Washington's war time correspondence in the American Revolution, with letters from June 24, 1775 to December 29, 1776. Letters include the evacuation of Boston after Washington's successful placement of cannons on Dorchester Heights, and the Battle of Long Island and the British taking of New York. Volume concludes with letters dated December 27 and 29, 1776 which describe the famous crossing of the icy Delaware River: "... But the quantity of ice, made that night, impeded the passage of the boats so much, that it was three o'clock before the artillery could all be got over; and near four, before the troops took up their line of march. This made be despair of surprising the town, as I well knew we could not reach it before the day was fairly broke" (p360). With the additional title page which reads, "American State Papers, being a collection of Original and Authentic Documents Relative to the war between the United Stated and Great Britain". 8vo, viii, 364 pp. Original gilt leather boards, the front board detached but present, corners rubbed, the spine worn; pages mostly bright and clean. (Left as is for the possibility of binding in a similar fashion an odd second volume). Howes W-142.

$450.00

Part of the Town of Mt. Pleasant and Village of Briarcliff Manor, Town of Ossining.  Map
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Part of the Town of Mt. Pleasant and Village of Briarcliff Manor, Town of Ossining. Map

By Bromley, George W. and Walter S.

Philadelphia: G. W. Bromley and Co, 1911. Hand-colored lithograph plate 23 from the Atlas of Westchester County. New York, Volume 2. From the Hudson River to Sleepy Hollow Road east to west and the Scarborough Estates to the North Tarrytown Village Line north to south. Includes the Pocantico Water Co. and portions of the Croton Aqueduct. Very good condition, bright colors, slightly toned along top & bottom edge, can be matted out. Old leather tab visible with offsetting mark in opposite page outside plate margin. 31 x 21"

$200.00

A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening Adapted to North America

By Downing, A. J.

New York: Orange Judd, 1865. Seventh Edition Revised. Hardcover. Good + condition. This edition of the seminal work on landscape gardening is expanded with the addition of material pertaining to Central Park. This copy belonged to John D. Quackenbos, Columbia University Professor & summer resident at Lake Sunapee, New London, NH. Quackenbos' signature in pencil and extensive annotations throughout. Soo Nipi Park was considered one of the greatest angling resorts of New England. Downing lived in Newburgh on the Hudson River, and many of his designs were done with the Hudson River area in mind. Downing died in the fire of the Hudson riverboat The Henry Clay in 1852 at the early age of 36, even then recognized as the foremost landscape designer of America. 8vo, xv, 576 pp, engraved frontispiece portrait and b&w plates, with woodcut text illustrations throughout. Green gilt decorated covers, with gilt title at spine. Spine ends rubbed. Deaccessed from the New London NH Public Library, lib number at spine, library label at front paste down. Previously owned by Soo Nipi Park Lodge, John Quackenbos. A bright clean copy.

$175.00

Hudson River Railroad Time Table. No 50. For the Exclusive Use of the Employes of the Road

By [Smith, A. F., Supt.]

New York, 1862. Pamphlet. Good + overall. A Hudson River Railroad Civil War era time table for the line's workers rather than passengers, to take effect Monday, November 17th, 1862, for trains departing Chambers Street in New York City for Troy, NY. Not found in WorldCat. We locate only a passenger time table for the Hudson River Railroad (1857) at the Museum of the City of New York (54.138.59. Hudson River Railroad Time Table. Date:1857. Takes effect December 2, 1857). General Rules and Regulations are printed below the time table and include: rules on standard time, right of track of passenger and freight trains, rules for conductors and enginemen concerning wait times, rules for extra trains running under a flag, time requirements for trains following one another and backing (up) of trains, and red signal requirement for trains stopped on the road. Less than 3 years following the publication of this time table, President Lincoln's funeral train would use the Hudson line to travel north up the Hudson River. Huge crowds of spectators gathered along the tracks as the train passed through Manhattanville, Yonkers, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, Sing Sing, Peekskill, Garrison's Landing, Cold Spring, Fishkill, New Hamburg, Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, and additional towns as far as Castleton. The building of the Hudson River Railroad was considered highly impractical, since so much of the route had to be cut through extremely hard rock, and because the line would have to compete with the existing river steamboats. It was built and opened in stages, from 1849 to 1851. It opened on the 29th of September, 1849 for passengers between New York and Peekskill, a distance of 40 miles. The Hudson River Railroad was an extension of the Troy and Greenbush Railroad, which was chartered in 1845, connecting Troy south to Greenbush (now Rensselaer) on the east side of the Hudson River. The Hudson River Railroad was chartered May 12, 1846, to extend this line south to New York City. 21 3/4 x 14. Trimmed close at the top edge, into title. Period folds flattened with crack to paper along central fold, but not affecting text. Good, used condition.

$375.00

The Hudson River.  From Ocean to Source, Historical, Legendary, Picturesque
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The Hudson River. From Ocean to Source, Historical, Legendary, Picturesque

By Bacon, Edgar Mayhew

New York, London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Profusely illustrated work on the Hudson River, one of the most important waterways of American history, and the Hudson River Valley, a rare find complete with the sectional map in the special pocket in the back. Describes the river and important historical events along its entire course, from Forts Washington and Lee, Spuyten Duyvil, the Tappan Zee, literary associations of the Hudson, Haverstraw Bay, the storming of Stony Point, the gate to the Highlands, the spirit of '76, West Point, Fisher's Reach, Fishkill to Poughkeepsie, Rondout and Kingston, Saugerties, the Catskills, an old Dutch town, and Troy and north. Large 8vo, xii, 590pp, 100 ills in text, map at rear in pocket, teg. Dark blue cloth cover with gold stamping and paper picture affixed to cover. Extremely bright copy complete with the map. OCLC: 1561551.

$350.00

History of St. Philip's Church in the Highlands, Garrison, New York: Including, up to 1840, St. Peter's Church on the manor of Cortlandt

By Chorley, E. Clowes

New York: Edwin S. Gorham, 1912. Limited edition. Hardcover. Good condition. Number 236 of 300 copies. Lays out the history of the Garrison church, by the then rector Chorley. The photographic illustrations of the church chronicle its history, the local area, portraits of notable Congregationalist ministers; receipt for damages from the Revolution; salary receipt for the Rev. Warren; portraits of various reverends; portraits of local notables, and more. Original red gilt cloth, spine sunned. Tall 8vo, xvi, 434pp, b&w printed photographic illustrations. Top edge gilt. An uncut copy with ruffled foredge. OCLC: 7420097.

$95.00

Transactions of the Institution of Naval Architects.  Volume II of the periodical.  Russell article "On American River Steamers"
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Transactions of the Institution of Naval Architects. Volume II of the periodical. Russell article "On American River Steamers"

By [Hudson River Steamers] Reed, E. J., ed; J. D'Aguilar Samuda; Norman Russell

London: Institution of Naval Architects Secretary's Office, 1861. Hardcover. Very good condition. Much material on Hudson River steamers and the construction of iron clad war vessels relevant to the US Civil War. The Hudson River steamers are included in the section, "Eastern River Boats", with information including: general description, mechanical structure, masts & guys, hull, frame, engines, condenser, walking beam, boilers, paddle wheels, and management and appliances for the economical navigation ("everything is managed from the wheel-house", p119). With three large folding plates titled, "Eastern River Boat, "Commonwealth" (plates 9, 10 & 11), and three large folding plates, "Western River Boat, "Memphis" (plates 12, 13 & 14). This volume contains 22 engraved plates, plate 5 missing but never present, likely the H. M. iron clad ship 'Warrior'. The second volume of a series still in print in 1992, which includes an article by Norman S. Russell titled "On American River Steamers", pp 105 -127. Tall 4to. Original green gilt cloth covers, rebacked and recornered with tan buckram, gilt title only on front cover. Slight chipping to top and bottom cloth edges of front board; internally bright and clean. OCLC: 606595780.

$325.00

Hudson - Fulton Celebration Banquet for Dutchess County Day.  (Keepsake)
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Hudson - Fulton Celebration Banquet for Dutchess County Day. (Keepsake)

By [Hudson River]

Poughkeepsie, NY, 1909. Very good + condition. Commemorative keepsake recording the toasts given at the banquet in honor of Governor Charles Hughes, at Nelson House, Dutchess County, on October 4th 1909. Two hand printed pages bound in full brown leather stitched at top of hinge, with gold gilt title at front cover, and embossed seal of Dutchess County. The Hudson Fulton Celebration was the celebration of the tercentenary of the discovery of the Hudson and the first use of steam in the navigation of the River. 8vo. Menu (offering Krug Private cuvee champagne, sherry and sauterne) and Toasts. Printed on thick stock, in full suede covers. Some gold tarnishing.

$175.00

Construction of Parallel Wire Cables for Suspension Bridges
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Construction of Parallel Wire Cables for Suspension Bridges

By [Bear Mountain Bridge] Roebling

Trenton, New Jersey: John A. Roebling's Sons Company, 1925. Paperback. Very good overall. Fascinating work on wire cable construction of suspension bridges, with a detailed photographic study of 68 plates showing each step of construction of the Bear Mountain Bridge, which spans the Hudson River from Bear Mountain in the west bank to Anthony's Nose on the east, at the entrance to the Hudson Highlands. The bridge opened to traffic on November 26, 1924, and all the cable wire for the two main cables and the steel wire ropes for the foot bridges and suspenders were made by Roebling's. The 68 full page photographic plates show pier foundations under construction; excavation for anchorage pits; interior view of rock chamber for anchorage; tower nearing completion; foot bridge ropes ready to be towed across river; partial completion of foot bridges; reels of Roebling bridge wire at the ready; men adjusting the guide wires in order to spin the first set of strands; men spinning four strands; clamping of wires around anchorage shoes; compacting of strands in circular sections; views showing deflection of main cables; anatomy of one of the great supporting cables; rugged road construction cut into the side of "Anthony's Nose"; men in squeezing gangs at work atop the bridge; cables completed, with erection of superstructure under way; suspenders in place; etc. With text pertaining to the Bear Mountain Bridge's construction. Sml folio, 23pp, charts, 69 b&w plates. Dark green gilt embossed pictorial stiff paper wraps. Some slt toning to right hand edges of stiff paper wraps only, otherwise bright and clean.

$375.00

Camp Smith, Peekskill, NY.   Albumen photograph
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Camp Smith, Peekskill, NY. Albumen photograph

By Pierce, H. Halstead

1890. Good +. View of the camp seen from above, with buildings at the left and rows of white tents to the right, with Peekskill in the distance. The camp has been the annual training site for National and State Guard regiments since its founding in 1882. Written in pencil on verso, "H. E. Van Gerder, 34 [Sep?] Co., Geneva". With the photographer's name and Peekskill NY stamped on the verso. Card stock chipped at edges; photograph in good + condition. 7 x 5" laid down on card stock 8 1/2 x 6 1/2"

$95.00

A Villa on the Hudson, a young woman's superb pencil drawing of the image after Currier & Ives
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A Villa on the Hudson, a young woman's superb pencil drawing of the image after Currier & Ives

By [Harmony, Anna, artist]

1875. Very good condition. A talented amateur's pencil drawn copy of the Currier and Ives print of the same name, originally published in 1869. The view is of a Hudson River villa likely to be in the Hudson Highlands, as the opposite bank is visible the background, consistent to the narrowness of the Hudson River at that point. The artist signs her name as Anna Harmony and dates the portrait June 24, 1875. Even the title below the image is done in calligraphy. The peaceful view and park like atmosphere of the grounds down to the children on the pathway are admirably replicated. Image is 12.5 x 17" mounted in a brown wood frame (23.5 x 17") with inner gilt decoration and glass.

$450.00

"Albany Flier"
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"Albany Flier"

By Gould, John

1980. Very good condition. Signed full color print after the painting by John Gould, depicting Glenn Curtiss, American inventor of the flying boat, in the air in the bamboo pole framed 'Albany Flier' above the Hudson River, with Bannerman's Island, Storm King Mt., the Mary Powell steamboat, and the accompanying train on the Hudson River Line, below. Gould was competing for the $10,000 prize for the first person to fly from Albany to New York City, sponsored by the New York World newspaper. Framed (no glass) in dark brown wood frame with cream linen border which the brass title plate is mounted on.

$125.00

View on the Hudson: West Point
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View on the Hudson: West Point

By [Robertson, engraver]

New York: Thomas Kelly, 17 Barclay St, 1860. Very good condition. Attractive framed view of the Hudson River looking north, with West Point and Constitution Island across from it, a handsome hand colored lithograph. In the foreground are sight seers on horseback, in the middle ground West Point and the majestic river dotted with sail boats and steam ships, and in the distance, the rolling hills of the Hudson highlands including Crow's Nest, Storm King and Breakneck. Dramatic clouds frame the top of the scene. Engraved by WM C Robertson 50 Cedar St. NY. Large folio, framed size 28 x 23". In the original handsome dark wood and gilt rimmed frame. Minor fox spotting below the title; one small area of discoloration in the sky.

$750.00

Sarony Major & Knapp Practical Lithographers, Engravers & Printers.  Handbill
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Sarony Major & Knapp Practical Lithographers, Engravers & Printers. Handbill

By [Hudson River View; New York]

New York: Sarony, Major & Knapp, 1857. Very good condition. Scarce lithographed handbill with a variety of elegant type fonts, an advertisement for the important New York engravers, illustrated with a lovely view of the Hudson Highlands (Hudson River). The view depicts an artist in a sail boat in the middle of the Hudson, sketching a scene en plein air. A man stands over the artist with a parasol; the artist sketches the far bank of the Hudson, with rocky cliffs, a train passing at the edge of the water, and a steam boat rounding a bend. Very timely, as construction of a railway through the Hudson Highlands was completed in 1851. Sarony's address is 449 Broadway, New York. Napoleon Sarony founded a lithography business with James Major in 1843. The successful company changed names several times; from 1857 to 1867 it was known as Sarony, Major & Knapp. Sarony was also a talented portrait photographer, noted for his images of Sarah Bernhardt and Mark Twain. On the verso, full page printed advertisement for Sarony also printed in a variety of elegant type fonts. 4 3/4 x 7 7/8", paper 5 3/4 x 9". Some faint fox spotting at margins. OCLC: 69853951.

$250.00

Newburgh NY Property Auction.  "Referee's Sale" Broadside
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Newburgh NY Property Auction. "Referee's Sale" Broadside

By [Hudson River; Newburgh]

Newburgh NY: E. M. Ruttenber & Son, 1877. Good + condition. Large impressive broadside printed in a variety of type fonts, for Hudson River property that is currently on the southern edge of the campus of Mount Saint Mary College and Bishop Dunn School. The owner is listed as Dennis Glennon, located at Chambers Street and Gidney Avenue, Newburgh NY. Referee's Sale, with Auction date Wednesday, July 18th, 1877 at the Court House in the city of Newburgh. The property is a lot measuring 100 X 100ft, with 4 large dwelling houses, D. W. Esmond, Referee. Printed in black on yellow paper. Period folds, some slt. holes at intersection of some folds, a couple of crease separations, short tear upper left corner repaired. 19 x 24". Not recorded in OCLC.

$450.00

Centennial Souvenir of the Monument Association of the Capture of André

By Husted, Nathaniel C.

New York: Printed for the Monument Association, 1880. First edition. Hardcover. Good -. The Monument Association was formed to mark the place where the British spy Major André was captured. A Tarrytown African American couple, William and Mary Taylor, freed slaves, donated their property as the site for the monument. The cornerstone was laid on Independence Day, July 4, 1853, with the marble quarried at Sing Sing (today Ossining). The volume includes the history of the movement to erect the monument (Part I), a description of the Centennial celebrations (Part II) and an Appendix. 8vo, 167pp, 2 b&w plates printed on photographic paper. Original brown pebbled cloth, with gilt title at spine. Spine chipped and cracked. First fascicle loose. Period owner signature at title page, Jas. T. Sutton, 1881. OCLC: 166620992 records only the William Clements Library, University of Michigan with a copy.

$200.00

Fort Putnam West Point
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Fort Putnam West Point

By [West Point; Print]

1810. Very good condition. A rare aquatint of West Point and the tight S-curve in the Hudson River at the Highlands. Two flags are clearly visible at the summit of Fort Putnam and at the waterline. Five small boats dot the river. A couple of trees stand on the mostly rocky looking outcrops. The view is drawn as if on a boat on the river, an intriguing perspective. The plate mark is visible on three sides. 3 1/2 x 6 1/16" on paper 5 x 8 1/2"

$100.00

History of West Point, and its Military Importance during the American Revolution and the Origin and Development of the United States Military Academy
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History of West Point, and its Military Importance during the American Revolution and the Origin and Development of the United States Military Academy

By Boynton, Edward C.

New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1863. First edition. Hardcover. After his service in the Mexican War, the author taught at West Point. "His long residence at West Point, with its revolutionary associations, turned his interest to historical matters, and led to the publication of (this work), a large part of which is devoted to a minute study of the topography of the neighborhood, from a military viewpoint, to the system of defenses erected during the Revolution, and to the administration of the fortress during that period." 8vo, xviii, 408pp, advertisements [12]pp. Large fold-out frontispiece of West Point from Garrison, NY (a lithograph by J. Bien). Illustrations in text, two fold-out maps. Original cobalt gilt blue cloth, rubbed at corners and spine ends. Preliminaries and fold out panorama with ink stain at bottom edge; folding maps in very good condition. Period signature inside the front cover. DAB. Howes B678; Gephart 7120; 23 Decker 25.

$600.00

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