“Being the only Authentic History of the Times that ever hath been published.”
—from the frontispiece
One of the first important works of American comic literature, this satirical history of New York was initially published to popular acclaim in 1809. Spanning the creation of the world to the end of the “Dutch Dynasty,” this humorous history examines the discovery of New York, the first settlements of the Dutch, the reign of Peter Stuyvesant, and the gallant achievements of Peter the Headstrong, among many other real and imagined moments in the history of this essential American city.
This single-volume reissue marks the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Washington Irving’s classic. This book—Irving’s first—provides an acute examination of New York’s customs, policies, and politics and is every bit as salient, biting, and laughable as it was to its original early-nineteenth-century audience.