Book Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author
Publisher: New York: Random House, 1994.
An attractive first trade edition/first printing preceded only by a private publication of the Franklin Library, in unread condition, with some light creases, else Fine in alike dust-jacket. Signed by author E. L. Doctorow directly on the title page.
The Waterworks is set in the corrupt and exciting New York of the decade following the Civil War. The narrator, an elderly newspaperman named McIlvaine, reviews the events surrounding the disappearance of one of his paper's best freelance writers in 1871, Martin Pemberton, the son of a brutal, cunning man who had made a fortune as a war profiteer, then died, leaving his family mysteriously penniless; [x], 253,  pages.