The Book of New York

The Book of New York

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...or because it displayed, among many other things, the first important collection of painting and sculpture ever seen in the United States. Paintings, and particularly those by famous artists, have become one of the extravagant items of New York life; this line of expensiveness has developed within the last hundred years, although even a century ago there were sums paid that were quite high for that period. In 1811 a certain Michael Paff opened a gallery at 208 Broadway for the exhibition of "a collection of original paintings," and there he exhibited what, whether originals or not, would now be deemed priceless examples of Teniers, Rubens, Vandyck and Wouvermans. I do not know what prices he obtained for most of his pictures, but a "Wouvermans was offered for $2,000. Paff announced that he had been upwards of ten years collecting his pictures "and fitting them up in superior style." Likely enough, some of his paintings are now in the Metropolitan Museum or in prized private possession, and one can only hope that his ominous phrase of "fitting them up" meant nothing serious. At the corner of 42nd Street stands the Public Library; a great and noble building, occupying the space from 42nd to 40th Streets, and fronting Fifth Avenue with splendid pillared and terraced effectiveness, and with tall Venetian masts set charmingly in front. A building, this, which would be an honor to any country or any time; and, as it is always the case that in New York the cost of anything is held important, it may be said that the great and beautiful structure cost, exclusive of the cost of the land, nine millions of dollars. But it is more important to say that the building holds more than eight hundred thousand volumes, and innumerable manuscripts, in addition to more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236680472
  • 9781236680471