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(NEW YORK CITY.) Viele, Egbert. Topographical Map of the City of New York Showing Original Water Courses and Made Land. Large hand-colored lithographed map on two sheets joined, folding and mounted in original 8vo format cloth case accompanied by 13 pages of "The Topography and Hydrography of New York". 19 1/2x62 inches sheet size, wide margins; minor worm tracking in central spots, else an exceptionally crisp and brightly colored example. New York, 1865
Viele's famous "Water Map" showing the appearance Manhattan's natural streams, ponds and wetlands prior to much of its metropolitan development. Apart from being one of the most attractive and fascinating 19th century maps of New York City to simply look at, it is an important document that is still consulted by city 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).
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