Nov 17, 2016 - Sale 2432

Sale 2432 - Lot 259

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
(NEW YORK CITY.) Metropolitan Police blotter for the 22nd Precinct. [2], 260, [2] manuscript pages plus a pencil drawing of a ship on the front free endpaper. Folio, 15 x 9 1/2 inches, original 1/4 calf, disbound but with worn detached boards present; minimal dampstaining, wear to first and last leaves only. New York, 29 July to 18 October 1864

Additional Details

The activity blotter of the 22nd Precinct of the Metropolitan Police under Captain Johannes C. Slott. The precinct covered the west side of Manhattan between about 42nd and 52nd Streets, with headquarters on 47th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The log includes many entries per day, often more than hourly, and including some details on specific crimes. On the first day, for example, at 10:15 p.m., they brought in John Rice, aged 17, native of Germany, for felonious assault, "striking the comp't in the head with a stone." The next night at 12:30 came Gottlieb Roaling for "having cut one Christian Emtling in the throat with a lager beer glass." On 16 August, "a boy named Washington Favor employed in Higgins Carpet Factory fell through the hatch from the third floor and . . . is not expected to recover. The boy is about 11 years old" (you may be glad to know that the boy survived and was working as a theater manager per the 1880 census). Lost boys and unidentified corpses were all in a day's work.