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City Noise

First Edition | First Printing


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First edition of the 1930 City Noise Report by the Noise Abatement Commission within the Department of Health for the City of New York.

Octavo, xii, 308pp. Original paper wraps, illustrated endpapers. Stated “First Printing, September 1930” on copyright page. Solid text block, front hinge starting, wear to top of spine and corners, a very good example. From the University of Cincinnati Robert S. Marx Law Library, with usual stamps to edges and endpapers.

“…there are many places where a tiger from Siberia or Bengal could roar or snarl indefinitely without attracting the auditory attention of passers-by.”” The Noise Abatement Commission was established in October of 1929, with an aggressive mandate to scientifically study the causes of city noise. They published questionnaires in the New York Times, asking what keeps citizens up at night.” This work, the final report, was produced by a group of acoustical experts and was the first to use Alexander Graham Bell’s “decibel” measurement to quantify the noise pollution in New York City.

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Location Published

New York


Department of Health, City of New York


First Edition, First Printing

Date Published



Original wraps


Very Good


[Noise Abatement Commission]


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