Cozzens, Issachar, Jr.; A Geological History of Manhattan or New York Island, Together with a Map of the Island, and a Suite of Sections, Tables, and Columns, for the Study of Geology, particularly adapted for the American student. W.A. Dean, New York 1843. First Edition. Quarto, pp. 114, 9 hand colored plates, folded hand colored map, five geological columns in several pages.
The work is complete and in the original brown stamped cloth with gilt titles. Binding is tight and clean, with small inked number below spine title. Book plate of engineering dept. Univ. Utah on spine and their small stamp on lower part of title page. Small mis-folds to map, text and plates very clean and bright. In very good condition.
Issachar Cozzens Jr. (1780-1865) was a New York distiller. He also had an interest in natural history and political history, and collected maps, manuscripts, and prints relating to these fields. It is thought that he obtained a sizeable number of Dr. Samuel L. Mitchill's papers from the cellar of the Almshouse in City Hall Park before it was destroyed by fire in 1854. Cozzens took special interest in local and geological history, compiling a rather substantial collection of maps and prints throughout his career. His work on the geology of Manhattan was considered the authoritative account during the latter half of the 19th century. The map and plates are quite stunning.