Title: The Hone & Strong Diaries of Old Manhattan
Publisher: Abbeville Press, New York, 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1989
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Near Fine cloth hardback, NF- DJ. Cover with slightly bent spine edges. DJ has little edge wear, a small tear at bottom front and at top of spine. Binding tight. Colored end papers and pp look unused. 9 1/4 x 9", 286 pp with color and b/w illustrations, biblio and index. Because of size and weight of the book(s), please contact us to arrange for mailing or for shipping outside the continental USA. ISBN$ 0896599043. Bookseller Inventory # 8317
Synopsis: At the turn of the eighteenth century when New York City mushroomed into a major cultural and financial center, Hone and Strong recorded every event in a pithy and relentless style. Here are the most interesting sections of their journals paired with Currier & Ives prints from the era. 100 illustrations with 50 in full color.
From Library Journal:
This book juxtaposes over 200 prints with excerpts from the diaries of two members of the city's 19th-century elite: Philip Hone, a merchant who briefly served as mayor, and George Templeton Strong, a lawyer and civic leader. The excerpts nicely reveal the upper class's deep-seated fears of the urban poor and their shifting attitudes toward the Civil War. Readers will enjoy the gossip: the aloof table manners of actress Fanney Kemble; Mrs. De Witt Clinton's studied affront to President Van Buren; the cheap price of painter Thomas Cole's masterpieces; and Strong's portrayal of the ungrammatical Lincoln as "among the ugliest white men I have seen" whose laugh was the laugh "of a yahoo." Scholars will prefer the complete diaries of these patricians, edited by Allan Nevins (Hone's was published in 1927, Strong's, in four volumes, in 1952). This book will appeal chiefly to genealogists and local history buffs.
-Mark C. Carnes, Barnard Coll., Columbia Univ.
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