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    Cadwallader D. Colden. the Celebration of the Completion of the New York Canals. New York: Printed by the Order of the Corporation of New York, by W. A. Davis, 1825. [Together with:] Appendix, Containing an Account of the Commemoration of the Completion of the Erie Canal... New York: 1826. [and:] William L. Stone. Narrative of the Festivities Observed in Honor of the Completion of the Grand Erie Canal... New York: 1825. First edition of one of the first American books illustrated by lithographs. Presentation copy from New York City Alderman John Agnew, inscribed to his brother, Cornelius Agnew, on the first blank. Quarto (9.5 x 7.5 inches). [viii], 408, [2] pages; forty-six lithographed plates (including portraits and several folding maps and views) and eight lithographed facsimile letters. Presentation binding, by Wilson and Nicholls, in contemporary red straight-grain morocco, boards, with central blind-stamped Seal of New York and elaborately paneled in gilt with Grecian and floral motifs, spine elaborately ruled, tooled, and lettered in gilt in compartments, six raised bands, gilt board edges with large turn-ins, green coated pastedowns and free endpapers; all edges gilt. Spine toned, binding worn, especially at joints and edges, several gutters cracked, second blank leaf loose (yet present), rear blank missing half of the page, some offsetting to doublures and endleaves, some toning, minor foxing in text, several of the fold-out maps have tears. Still, a very good copy of this important book in the original presentation binding. An incredibly-detailed account of the official ceremonies related to the opening of the Erie Canal, with exceptional provenance. Howes C562.

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    New York City Alderman John Agnew (who was on the Committee of the Corporation of New York, and one of the people who promoted the canal project) presented this copy to his brother, Cornelius Agnew, inscribing it to Cornelius on the first blank: "Cornelius Agnew / Presented by Ald. John Agnew / Aug 2/11 1827-". Beneath this inscription is a small mounted sheet with the following handwritten legend: "Given to Cornelius Rea Agnew, M.D. / by his uncle Cornelius Agnew. / To whom it was presented by / his brother John Agnew."

    Illustrations include views of the harbor and canal, the plan of the ships procession, facsimiles of official documents and badges, views of contemporary fire-fighting equipment, as well as facsimile letters of congratulations by John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Carroll, James Madison, James Monroe, The Marquis de Lafayette, as well as one facsimile letter signed by R. Riker, John Agnew, William Davis and Thomas Bolton, the New York city officials mainly responsible for completion of the canal.

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