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Colden, Cadwallader D. (1769-1834) Memoir, prepared at the request of a Committee of the Common Council of the City of New York, and presented to the mayor of the city, at the celebration of the completion of the New York Canals.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04713 Author/Creator: Colden, Cadwallader D. (1769-1834) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Book Date: 1825 Pagination: 408 p. : plates ; 25.7 x 20.9 cm

First edition, printed by order of the Corporation of New York, by W. A. Davis. Specially bound in leather with gilding for presentation to "Hon. John T. Irving, First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the City and County of New York. 1826." Concerns the opening of the Erie Canal. Contains folding maps of the United States, New York, the canal route, and folding lithographic images of the opening ceremony and the flotilla. Particularly noteworthy is the fold-out illustration showing the canal's complete route in cross-section. The book also contains "Autograph Facsimiles" of letters from both Adamses, Madison, Lafayette and others.

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