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Historical Art, Finance, New York City, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Moses King, Antique Book, 1897
King’s Views of the New York Stock Exchange
Chasmar-Winchell Press, New York (printer)
Moses King, New York: 1897
Oblong folio, 96 pp., green cloth binding imprinted with embossed illustration in green and gold
Illustrated history of the New York Stock Exchange at the turn of the 20th century, with numerous half-tone photographic views of streets and buildings of lower Manhattan, and portraits of prominent bankers of the era. Subtitled: “A history and description with articles on financial topics illustrated with more than four hundred portraits and sixty-five views of the exchange and vicinity.”
Beginning in 1896, Moses King celebrated the city in his Views of New York, an impressive photographic survey that chronicled the streets and skylines of Manhattan and Brooklyn. King exulted in New York’s superiority in the realms of commerce, culture and technology, asserting, “New York stands unsurpassed anywhere on the globe.” The Views books were immensely popular and remain a fascinating record of New York’s evolving skyline.
Full publication information: Moses King, 346 Broadway, New York.
Condition: Contents very good with the usual light wear. Some pages lightly cockled. Covers a bit worn and soiled, still good. Front hinge cracked, neatly restored with linen tape, a little stiff.
Conn, Peter. “Edward Hopper and Turn-of-the-Century America.” University of Pennsylvania. September 1995. http://www.english.upenn.edu/~pconn/hopper.html#1 (27 August 2002).