[MORGAN, Christopher (1808-1877)]. Manual for the Use of the Legislature of the State of New York, for the Year 1849. Albany: Weed, Parons & Co., Public Printers, 1849.

$ 700.00

8vo., (5 ½ x 4 ¼ inches). Fine folding lithographed “Map of the State of New York” by J. Disturnell, original hand coloring in full (lightly tanned). Folding lithographed frontispiece “Diagram of the Assembly Chamber 1849” (short tear near mount, affecting image, some offsetting to title page). Contemporary red roan, each cover decorated with a border of gilt foliated roll tool, a supra libros of David C. Bull in the center of the front cover, the smooth spine in five gilt-tooled compartments, gilt-lettered in two (spine quite worn with loss to the head, joints broken but holding).

Provenance: “David C. Bull” (1794-1875; New York State Legislature member 1849), stamped in gilt to front cover.

First edition. With a beautiful, large folding map of the entire state of New York by Disturnell. “John Disturnell was a prolific publisher of popular handbooks, directories, gazetteers, statistical compilations, guidebooks, and maps. He capitalized on the growth and development of railway and steamship transportation, on the growing tide of immigration, and on the California Gold Rush.... Disturnell had no personal competence in mapmaking. In common with other commercial publishers of the day he drew upon all available published and unpublished cartographic sources to compile his maps. Plagiarism and pirating of information were accepted practices.... The haste to get a revised map in the hands of prospective purchasers did not permit verification of information, and errors and inaccuracies were numerous. Disturnell’s maps were no exception...” (Ristow, “John Disturnell’s Map of the United Mexican States,” in A la Carte, pp. 210-211).This was the copy of David C. Bull, a one-term Assembly member from Orange County, New York. Includes a copy of the Constitutions of the United States and of New York, “Manual of Parliamentary Practice” by Thomas Jefferson, a list of Assembly members by county (which includes Bull) and a “List of Members of the Thirtieth Congress 1849.”

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