Archive for December, 2011

VIEW OF NEW YORK FROM THE SOUTH EAST

This view taken from Brooklyn heights will prove exceedingly interesting to the local antiquarians of New York from the number of details which are given of the city as it was in 1679 The draughtsman has tried to copy what he saw with minute accuracy and without the least attempt to produce any effect The city was at this time just beginning to creep beyond the palisades on Wall street which for fifty years had bounded it on the north It is unnecessary here to describe the different details represented which no doubt will be studied and compared with other views and with plans and documents of the period We merely draw attention to the accuracy of the view as proved by the fact that one block the left hand one in the view with thirteen houses corresponds precisely with the plan given in Valentine’s Manual of the Corporation of New York which shows fourteen lots on the same block fronting on Pearl street or the Heere graft The middle house in the view occupies two of these lots testing therefore the precision of the drawing The fort with its church the dock the Stadthuys the halfmoon forts the guard house at the water gate foot of Wall street the ship yards and the windmills on the hill near the corner of the present Fulton street and Broadway are all to be seen in this curious sketch From it an enlarged view of the Stadthuys once the city tavern has been made and is given on plate VIII.

The Book

It’s sitting in front of me, propped upright, on the kitchen table. I keep looking at it. It’s really a book!!!  And it’s so  beautiful! The lower border made by abstract skyscrapers with script scribbled up their sides; all lain against an indigo field. Why do authors (or editors) who’ve spent years of research and writing,  find it so incredible when a courier arrives bearing baby in cloth covers?

Reference:  Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s incredulity upon finding that her book, North to the Orient had found a publisher. As she wrote in her diary on May 8, 1935.

We go over the business of the book. I think publishers are like obstetricians. There is the same fuss of making you feel what a wonderful little woman you are, and then getting down to the facts about the head size, pelvic bones, etc. They have a decided bedside manner. After all, though, they are right, you must get over the feeling that you are accomplishing God’s mission…However, I feel embarrassed talking of clothing my book, just as though the doctors were talking about an unborn child. ‘You don’t really mean to say it’s going to walk around on two feet like other children?

(New York Diaries:1609-2009 p. 152.)

Yes. And, eventually, it will require a bank card.