first edition Wraps
1930 · [ New York, NY ]
by Berry, Charles W. (Comptroller)
[ New York, NY ]: Special Committee of the existing system of Recreational Spaces, 1930. First Edition. Wraps. Near Fine. First Edition. 45 pages plus pocket in rear containing four folded maps. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Stapled green wraps with pocket (torn) in rear. Fading to wrappers, spotting to a few pages. Rear pocket contains four (of five) folded maps of the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Lacking map of the Borough of Richmond (we believe). Maps are in excellent condition. Wraps. The first part, "Looking Backwards" documents the evolution in acreage of NYC parks, noting major events like 1853's Central Park acquisition. By 1901 the park sppace was 6838 acres, and by 1925 10.025 acres (not including parkways). Mayor Walker's first administration (January 1926) "recognized the need for extensive additions to the park system in all boroughs and at once set about providing for these needs." By July 1, 1930, the total area was approximately 14,000 acres. This report gives status and proposes borough by borough enhancements for the park system. Color coded maps make referencing the text discussion easier.
Scarce in the marketplace, perhaps because the maps are removed, framed and sold separately.
(Inventory #: 27903)