Auction 140, Lot 284

"Proposed Plan for Building a Bridge across the East River, at Blackwell's Island",

Subject: New York City, New York

Period: 1868 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9.5 x 11.8 inches
24.1 x 30 cm

This booklet discusses the viability of a bridge to be built connecting Manhattan Island with Long Island by William Trowbridge, Vice President of the Novelty Iron Works. Many proposals linking the two islands were first made as early as 1838 with the final design approved by the Department of Bridges in 1903, completed in 1909 and named Queensboro Bridge. Paper covers, 11 pp. of text, two profile views of the bridge design and a small map that shows the proposed bridge crossing:

A. [Untitled Map of New York City and Long Island].
B. Sketches Showing Mode of Construction of Bridge Across East River at Blackwells Island Proposed by W. P. Trowbridge.
C. General Elevation of Bridge Across the East River at Blackwells Island According to a Plan Proposed by W. P. Trowbridge.


Condition: B

The covers are worn and there are some small chips on a few pages. Pages are lightly toned and somewhat brittle. The map is lightly toned with a short fold separation in top blank margin and a few small chips and tears in bottom blank margin. The bridge views are lightly toned with faint offsetting and a couple of short tears in the blank margins.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 5/23/2012