Easton Press: Washington Irving: History of New York: Diedrich Knickerbocker

Easton Press leather edition of "Diedrich Knickerbocker's History of New York," by Washington Irving, With the Lithographs by Don Freeman, Frontispiece portrait of Washington Irving by David Riss, a COLLECTOR'S edition, one of the MASTERPIECES OF AMERICAN LITERATURE series, published in 1968. Bound in a burgundy leather, the book has marbled paper end leaves, satin book marker, hubbed spine, gold gilding on three edges---in FINE condition. Washington Irving, who lived from 1783 – 1859, was an American short story writer, essayists, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. "Knickerbocker's History of New York" is a satire on self-important local history and contemporary politics. Prior to its publication, Irving stated a hoax akin to today's viral marketing campaigns; he placed a series of missing person advertisements in New York newspapers seeking information on Diedrich Knickerbocker, a crusty Dutch historian who had allegedly gone missing from his hotel in New York City. As a part of the ruse, Irving placed a notice, allegedly from the hotel's proprietor, informing the readers that if Mr. Knickerbocker failed to return to the hotel to pay his bill, he would publish a manuscript Knickerbocker had left behind. The bills were never paid. So the book was published, and it enjoyed an immediate popularity! Washington ... read more