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The New York City Book Awards 1997

Books of the Year

Manhattan in Maps: 1527-1995 by Paul E. Cohen and Robert T. Augustyn (Rizzoli)

Terra-Cotta Skyline: New York's Architectural Ornament by Susan Tunick and Peter Mauss (Princeton Architectural Press)

The 1997-1998 Book Awards Jury

Barbara Cohen, Hope Cooke, Joan K. Davidson, William J. Dean, Christopher Gray, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Wendy Wasserstein

The awards presentation took place June 9, 1998.

The jury on Manhattan in Maps:

The illustrations of the maps (many never published before) are lapidary, the weight and touch of the volume's pages a voluptuous pleasure. It is the text, however, brilliantly describing the mind set of the different era's map-makers which makes this book extraordinarily valuable.

The jury on Terra-Cotta Skyline:

Through her patient documentation over fifteen years, with the help of Peter Mauss's astutely positioned camera lens and consummate photographic artistry, Susan Tunick has made a ubiquitous but often unnoticed element of the New York City streets dramatically and enticingly visible to the average New Yorker.