Inscribed Presentation Copy of Henry Clews Recollections About Wall Street; Twenty-Eight Years In Wall Street
Twenty-Eight Years In Wall Street.
Item Number: 46052
New York: Irving Publishing Co, 1888.
First edition of Clews’ classic work. Thick octavo, original green cloth, with titles to the spine in gilt and engraved frontispiece and nearly 50 portrait plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “___ ______ with the compliments of Henry Clews Oct. 25, 95.” In very good condition with some of the usual rubbing to the extremities.
Perhaps the 19th century's best book on Wall Street, this work provides a fascinating look at the financial markets during a period of rapid economic expansion. Henry Clews was a giant figure in finance at that time, and his firsthand account brings this colorful era to life like never before. He reveals shocking stories of political and economic manipulation and how he helped bring down the mighty Boss Tweed. He writes eloquently about the madness of the markets and how the era's greatest speculators amassed their fortunes. This book provides an expansive view of Wall Street in an era of little regulation, rampant political corruption, and rapid financial change. Henry Clews was born in England in 1836 and emigrated to the United States in 1850. In 1859, he cofounded what became the second largest marketer of federal bonds during the Civil War. Later, he organized the "Committee of 70," which deposed the corrupt Tweed Ring in New York City, and served as an economic consultant to President Ulysses Grant. "Twenty-Eight Years In Wall Street book should be in the hands of every Wall Street man, young or old, and should be read by every student of the financial history of this country" (The Daily Indicator, Contemporary Review).