Dec 08, 2022 - Sale 2624

Sale 2624 - Lot 101

Price Realized: $ 7,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,500
(NEW YORK CITY.) Egbert L. Viele. Topographical Map of the City of New York Showing Original Water Courses and Made Land. Large hand-colored lithographed map of Manhattan on two sheets joined. 19 1/2x63 inches overall, wide margins; original folds, short closures and areas of discoloration but still sharp and very presentable, remnant of removed binding case on verso. New York, 1865

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Viele's famous "Water Map" showing the appearance of Manhattan's natural streams, ponds and wetlands superimposed onto its developed metropolitan grid of the 1860s.

Aside from being one of the most attractive and fascinating 19th century maps of New York City to enjoy looking at, this is an important city planning document that is still consulted by engineers to this day. "A Viele map is pinned to the wall at many engineering firms, and it has aided in the construction of some of the city's most famous buildings. John Kyle, who served as chief engineer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey when the foundation of the World Trade Center was being laid, referred often to his copy of the Viele Map" (Steven Kurutz, "When There Was Water, Water Everywhere," New York Times, June 11, 2006). Manhattan in Maps pages 136-139.