MEMORIA DE LA COMISION DE AGUAS CORRIENTES CLOACAS Y ADOQUINADO. CORRESPONDIENTE AL ANO DE 1875.

(Higgin, Jorge).

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Buenos Aires: Imprenta de M. Biedma, 1876.. 241 pages. Illustrated with numerous folding charts and 10 large albumen photographs by Jorge Holtzwessig, who is listed in Gomez (LE FOTOGRAFIA EN LA ARGENTINA...) as opening his studio in Buenos Aires in 1870. Each photograph has the photographer's hand stamp, is interleaved with tissue, and tipped to gray paper. The sheets were then folded in half to fit the book's format. Each image measures 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches. Quarto, 10 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches. Calf backed marbled boards; edges rubbed adn crudely inked. With the book plate of I. San Roman. [accompanied by] A second volume for the year 1876 (Buenos Aires, 1877). This volume is bound in modern buckram with a leather label adn has only seven of the ten photographs called for. (Item ID: 2648)


These volumes likely commemorate the completion of two public engineering projects undertaken by the city of Buenos Aires after the yellow fever epidemic of 1872 killed ten percent Of the city's population; a public water system to supply drinking water from the Rio de la Plata by means of a great pumping tower and a drainage system that connected every house to a sewer running a distance of nineteen miles.
The first volume depicts workmen and their supervisor posing at the mouth of a large tunnel, men excavating a trench and constructing a channel for drainage pipes. The second volume has two photographs of the impressive pump house and the building of a filtration system. Ferrari. BIBLIOGRAFIA DE PUBLICACIOINES ARGENTINAS CON FOTOGRAFIAS MONTADAS. #7.



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