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HARLEM (City of New York): Its Origin and Early Annals. Prefaced by Home Scenes in the Fatherlands; or, Notices of its Founders before Emigration. Also, Sketches of Numerous Families, and the Recovered History of the Land-Titles.

Harlem, New York]; Riker James

Published by New York Printed for the Author 1881, 1881
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First Edition. Illustrated with engravings in the text, full-page plates and a large folding map of Harlem. Royal 8vo, publisher's original sea-green cloth, the covers stamped in blind with multi-framed panels at the borders, the spine lettered in gilt. [xiv]; 636. A very good copy, clean and tight and very well preserved internally and with only light evidence of age or use to the binding, primarily at the tips. Hinges are tight and strong and the text-block well preserved. FIRST EDITION OF THIS FINE EARLY TEXT ON HARLEM. James Riker New York historian and genealogist was descended from early Dutch settlers. During the late 1830s and early 1840s he lived intermittently in Goshen, New York, where he ran a store. By the mid-1840s he had settled at the family home on Delancey Street in Manhattan. There Riker studied informally for the Presbyterian ministry and began the genealogical and historical research that would occupy him for much of his life. He collected original documents from the colonial era, copied extracts from documents in state and local archives and corresponded extensively with historians, relatives and old family friends. In 1848 Riker moved with his father to a new family home near to the corner of Fifth Ave. and 125th Street, Harlem. Later, he moved to Waverly, New York where he established the Waverly Library and Museum, and wrote two additional historical works including the book offered here, Harlem (City of New York): Its Origin and Early Annals (1881). Bookseller Inventory # 24947

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Title: HARLEM (City of New York): Its Origin and ...

Publisher: New York Printed for the Author 1881

Publication Date: 1881

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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