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Auction 154, Lot 198

"[4 Maps in Report] Supplemental Report of the Chief Engineer of the Washington Aqueduct", U.S. Government

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1864 (published)

Publication: Sen. Misc. Doc. 83, 38th Cong., 1st Sess.

Color: Black & White

5.8 x 8.9 inches
14.7 x 22.6 cm
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This 50-page report provides an update on the Washington Aqueduct which would "afford an ample supply for fountains at all appropriate places, and for cleansing the streets and sewers of the city." Prior to the aqueduct's arrival, the city of Washington had such a woefully inadequate sewer system that, according to the Chief Engineer of the Aqueduct, "the accumulated filth and excrement of the city is constantly held in a state of semi-solution in this hotbed of putrefaction." Included with the report is the large folding Map of Washington Aqueduct (27.7 x 7.4"), which shows its path along the Potomac River, and three smaller maps.


Condition: B+

Maps and text are very good with a few faint spots of foxing.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/16/2015