5 Volume History of Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island (1925)
Published in 1925, this five volume work is an odd amalgam of local histories, biographical sketches, battle accounts, war casualties, parish registers, and newspaper stories regarding Long Island between the 17th and 20th centuries. Cobbled together by Henry Isham Hazelton from a number of different sources, including the Brooklyn Eagle, the set is loosely organized and reflects the varying agendas of the source material. The Borough of Brooklyn is featured most prominently over 600 pages with chapters on neighborhoods like Bushwick and Brownsville, the Jewish community, Greenwood Cemetery, the literary culture, and dentistry. The set is missing one volume of biographies (Volume V), but contains all the essential histories and lore that make it a unique work of reference. Though some of the spines are cracked, the bindings remain intact with little or no ripped pages. They are generously illustrated with contemporary and historical images, many of them of Brooklyn locations.