New York: William C. Bryant & Co., 1871. vi, [2 blanks], 427, [1 blank] pp, plus illustrations. Text and maps, plates and photographs are present [pursuant to pages v-vi] except for "The Grotto Bridge Over the Ravine," which should appear opposite page 198. All three maps are torn with loss. Bound in buckram [old library label at spine base], text and illustrations clean. Some leaves with shallow blank edge chips. Except as noted, Good+.
This is the first edition of the comprehensive first report of the development of New York's iconic Central Park. lt prints reports by architects, engineers, landscape gardeners and others on the design and development of Central Park in Manhattan from 1854 to 1870, as well as other New York City parks. It also discusses the change in jurisdiction over the park from state control through the Board of Commissioners of Central Park to city control through the newly formed Department of Public Parks. Item #37055