1868 · New York
by (Commissioners of the Sinking Fund).
Oblong 4to. 2, 15, (1), plus 66 color lithographed plates with facing page of description. A strikingly handsome illustrated survey of all the wharves, piers, and slips along the East and North Rivers. The purpose of this survey was to enable the repair and extension of the piers, which were city property, and deemed by the Commissioners to be among the City's most valuable assets. They sought to substantially increase the value of this property by repairing and maintaining it. The plates are colored in varying shades of blue and red, with dimensions, depths, and other statistics in red and black. The facing page gives a description, valuation and estimates of repair costs and final value. There is a light waterstain in the lower gutter margin, visible mostly on the blank backs of the plate and text pages. A few pages show very light foxing, some of the lithos are tanned, and the text for Pier 20 is bound upside down. Overall, an exciting visual artifact of Manhattan's waterfront history, in excellent condition. Front hinge cracked. Bound in half black morocco over green boards with a leather label bearing the name William H. Graham in gilt on the front board. With a copy of the enabling legislation, "An Act to Create a Harbor District and a Board of Wharves and Piers Therein. State of New York, 1868" layed in. (Inventory #: 37342a)