New York: Dover Publications, 1980. Original edition. Wraps. Quarto, pp. xv, 159, illustrated with 210 b/w photographs. Very Good. Item #20221
No one living remembers New York harbor as it looked before the turn of the 20th century, when clipper ships, sloops, barks, schooners, steamboats, brigs, lighters and countless other vessels plied its still-clean waters. Gone are the days when South Street docks bristled with masts, horsecars and omnibuses trundled over cobbled streets, and dockside cargoes of coffee, tea, oils and spices added a rich fragrance to the tangy salt air of the waterfront. Fortunately, the advent of the stereograph in the 1850s prompted early photographers to record and preserve many fascinating views of New York maritime history that would otherwise have been lost. Over 200 of these classic seaport images - many never before published - are included in this volume. From the Old House Journal Reference Library.