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Mapping San Francisco's famous hills - an unrecorded Spring Valley Water Co. topography map.

Place/Date: San Francisco / 1908
$950.
Title: Map of San Francisco showing its uneven topography and the present and proposed main conduits reservoirs and pumping plants of the Spring Valley Water Co.
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
69 x 53 cm (27 x 21 in)
Identifier
NL-00669
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

This is an unusual map of the city of San Francisco that documents existing and proposed water supply infrastructure of the Spring Valley Water Co.

The most striking feature of the map is its illustration of the topography of the city, elegantly achieved by a combination of contour lines and color-coding. The power of the Spring Valley Water Co. and the extent to which San Francisco relied on its monopoly is on full display, with existing and proposed reservoirs, existing and proposed pumping plants, and existing and proposed conduits all plotted.

The only example of this map we have ever seen.

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Condition Description

Very minor stain and chip on left side. Thin paper as printed.

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