The Secrets Of The Great City: Virtues And The Vices, The Mysteries, Miseries And Crimes Of New York City

Year 1868
Edition FIRST
Printing FIRST
Pages 552
Binding Hardcover
Condition Very Good
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Jones, Brothers & Co., 1868. FIRST EDITION, first printing. Issued only by subscription, not for sale as a trade publication – thus, quite scarce. Very good condition, solid and tight spine, pages are all intact with minimal foxing, maroon covers heavily worn on edges and corners, gilt cover design bright spine discolored and faded. Engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, full page and two firmly attached tri-fold pull out engravings (one tape repaired) all brght and clear. Authored by Edward Winslow Martin, pseudonym of James Dabney McCabe, a Virginia clergyman. A book detailing every bit of crime, corruption and vice known to man in mid-19th century New York City. Although the emphasis is on sin and how to avoid it, the author also includes many of the city's virtuous attractions such as Central Park, street music, the fire department, fashionable shopping, the press, great buildings, and cemeteries. With a number of full-page engravings, and some fold-out plates, plus a moral-tale vignette on the half title page called "The Fate of Hundreds of Young Men." Scarce in this first edition. Fascinating and humorous read. 552 pages.