Title Complete Report on Construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, With Introductory Historical Sketch, Illustrated with Maps, Drawings and Photographs.
Book Condition Collectible: Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Los Angeles: Department of Public Service of the City of Los Angeles, 1916
Seller ID VG217-001
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 10 7/8 x 8 inches. 319,  pp. Black-and-white frontispiece portrait of William Mulholland, seal of the City of Los Angeles on title page, numerous full-page black-and-white photographic illustrations, maps, tables, appendices, index, 24 folded maps, charts, and plans in a pocket inside the rear cover, including a large folding map of the "Southern Part of the State of California Showing Inset of Photograph of Los Angeles Aqueduct Relief Map;" text clean, unmarked, some light toning to the edges of the glossy paper as is common, large folding map with tears at folds with some minor loss, pocket at rear is brittle and is essentially blasted and useless. Black-stamped dark green cloth; binding shaken, corners and spine ends frayed, spots and freckling to covers. With "Notice of Publication" tipped-in inside front cover announcing a second edition "On account of the extraordinary demand for copies." Ownership signature of A. A. Schmidt. Good. This is a contemporary technical report on the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The Los Angeles Aqueduct system, comprising the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Owens Valley Aqueduct) and the Second Los Angeles Aqueduct, is a water conveyance system, built and operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The Owens Valley Aqueduct was designed and built by the city's water department, at the time named The Bureau of Los Angeles Aqueduct, under the supervision of the Department's Chief Engineer, William Mulholland. The system delivers water from the Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to Los Angeles. In 1971, it was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers on the List of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks. Its construction was controversial from the start, as it is alleged that water diversions to Los Angeles all but ended agriculture in the Owens Valley. Since then its continued operation has led to public debate, legislation and court battles over the environmental impacts of the aqueduct on Mono Lake and other ecosystems.
Board of Public Service Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles, Complete Report on Construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct With Introductory Historical Sketch Illustrated with Maps Drawings and Photographs, Department of Public Service of the City of Los Angeles, Southern California Local History, Los Angeles Aqueduct, William Mulholland