New York: Gramercy Park Association, 1921. Paper-Covered Boards. Scarce privately printed first separate edition of this history of the small, fenced private park in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. Demy 8vo (227 x 148mm): ,53,pp, with tissue-guarded frontispiece of Samuel Ruggles, title-page vignette, and seven full-page plates from halftones. Original blue-green paper-covered boards, wraparound paper title label printed in red and black. Very faint moisture stain to tops of covers and pages, but an excellent example, tightly bound and clean throughout. Near Fine+. Item #BB2363
First published in Valentine's Manual and here reprinted with additions. In 1831, Samuel B. Ruggles bought 22 acres of "Gramercy Farm," then laid out "Gramercy Square," deeding possession of the square to the owners of the 66 parcels of land he had plotted to surround it. Gramercy Park was enclosed by a fence in 1833, but construction on the surrounding lots did not begin until the 1840s due to the Panic of 1837. James Virtue landscaped the park in 1838 and 1839, planting privet inside the fence as a border, laying out pathways, and planting trees and shrubs. Major planting took place in 1844, the year the park's gates were first locked, followed by additional landscaping by Brinley & Holbrook in 1916. When the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission created the Gramercy Park Historic District in 1966, they quoted from Pine's history: "The laying out of Gramercy Park represents one of the earliest attempts in this country at 'City Planning'. . . . As a park given to the prospective owners of the land surrounding it and held in trust for those who made their homes around it, Gramercy Park is unique in this City, and perhaps in this country, and represents the only neighborhood, with possibly one exception, which has remained comparatively unchanged for eighty years—the Park is one of the City's Landmarks." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).