Lot 212: Author: N/A; Title: Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for A Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Made Under the Direction of the Secretary of War, in [1853-56], Volumes IX and XII, Book 1.; Place Published: Washington; Publisher: Thomas H. Ford, printer; Date Published: 1858, 1860; Description: Vols. IX and XII, book 1, only. Illustrated with numerous plates and folding maps. (4to) 30x22.5 cm (11½x9") original period calf-backed marbled boards, spine labels. House Issues.Two volumes from the massive reference set that Wagner-Camp (p. 462) describes as "a monumental collection of scientific information, geographical, zoological, botanical, geological, of the still mysterious American West," with its organizational flaws "amply compensated by the richness of the material within." Condition: Significant wear and rubbing to boards and spines, covers detached; ex-library stamps on front endpapers of Vol. VII, browning at endpapers, foxing and damp stains scattered throughout, four plates missing from Vol. XII, maps present but with some tears and foxing; overall fair.
PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories
Thursday, 28th January 2016
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