New-York: Published Pursuant to an Order of Common Council made February 18, 1805. Printed by James Cheethan, 1805.
Hardcover. First edition. Octavo. 240, lvi (index) pp., additionally, after the 120 pages, each page is interleaved with a blank leaf for notes. Contemporary half calf and papercovered boards gilt, with red morocco spine label gilt stamped "Mayor's Office" on the front board. Front joint split, paper over boards quite worn, still a sound and pleasing very good copy. The Mayor's own copy, with DeWitt Clinton's ownership Signature on the title page, and below that the nearly contemporary signature of S[amuel].W. Jones. Clinton served three terms as Mayor (this was published during his first term, 1803-1807), as well as serving as the sixth Governor of the state (where he was largely responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal), as U.S. Senator, and as a candidate for President in the closely contested election of 1812, when he nearly defeated James Madison. Samuel Jones was the first Comptroller of New York and served between 1797 -1809. Presumably as nice an association copy as one could hope for.