Trinity Place Behind Trinity Church - 1861.
1862 (dated) 4.5 x 7 in (11.43 x 17.78 cm)
This is a beautiful view of Trinity Place in New York City issued by D. T. Valentine. The view looks southward on Trinity Place with Trinity Church and the Trinity Church cemetery on the left. It features a gravedigger near a grave, some trees and bushes in the foreground and surrounding buildings. Illustrates the third and current Trinity Church buildings, built in 1846, which, with its spire and cross was the highest point in New York until 1890. This view was engraved by Sarony, Major and Knapp and published as part of D. T. Valentineâ€™s Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, 1862.
David T. (Thomas) Valentine (1801 - 1869) served as the Clerk of the Common Council of New York City. He edited and published a series of New York City almanacs and fact books entitled Manual of the Corporation Of The City of New York. Valentine's Manual, as it came to be called, included facts about the City of New York, city council information, city history, and reported on the progress of public works such as Central Park. The production of this annual manual was the responsibility of the Clerk of the City of New York, a position held at different times by D. Valentine and by Joseph Shannon, who also produced a similar manual. Valentine used his manual to reproduce some of the rarest and most important maps of New York City ever created.
Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896), Henry B. Major and Joseph Fairchild Knapp (1832-1891) founded the Sarony, Major & Knapp publishing firm in 1857. The firm specialized in portraits, government reports, book illustrations, and architectural and scientific plates. Sarony, Major and Knapp remained in business for ten years finally closing its doors in 1867 when Napoleon Sarony left the firm to follow his interest in photography. In addition to their public sector business, the firm also printed most official maps of New York City, including, between 1860 and 1867, some of earliest maps of Central Park.
Valentine, D. T., Valentine's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, (New York) 1861.
Very good. Minor toning along edges.