[NEW YORK] VIELE, EGBERT. The Topography and Hydrology of New York.
New York: Robert Craighead, 1865. First edition thus, this a presentation from the author "To the Honorable Mr. Foot with the respects of the author" (the recipient was probably Samuel A. Foot of the New York State Court of Appeals). Publisher's green gilt -stamped cloth. 9 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (23.5 x 14 cm), the text13 pp.; with the large folding map Topographical Map of the City of New York Showing Original Water Courses and Made Land. This hand-colored lithographed folding map is in the original form of issue, printed on strong thin paper, opening to 19 3/4 x 65 inches (50 x 165 cm). Generally a fresh copy, the text clean, the map from two conjoined sheets, a clean separation to one fold and several small separations, but bright overall.
"The most enduring nineteenth century map of Manhattan" (Manhattan in Maps). The current map is a great expansion of Viele's original plan of Central Park and was issued at a time of great concern over sanitation and disease in the city. The map has found great utility in the decades that followed including being referenced at the time of the building of the Empire State Building and also United Nations Plaza. One of the most desirable maps of New York at the period, and quite rare. Stokes, Iconography of Manhattan Island, Volume III, p. 777 & pl. 155; Cohen and Augustyn. Manhattan in Maps, p. 137.
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