From: "Michael Ginsberg" firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some recent acquisitions that may be of
Keeler, William J. NATIONAL MAP OF THE TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. Wash., D. C. , Gedey,
1867. 120.9 x 146.4 cm, hand colored and mounted on linen as issued.
Folded into original brown cloth cover with title in gilt on front
cover, minor repairs at folds and minor repairs to the cloth covers, in
cloth slipcase. Presentation copy to Hon W. C. Fields, house of
representatives from N. G. Taylor, Commissioners of Indian Affairs.
First edition. Phillips p.916. Munk 121. Graff 2281. Martin and
Martin: Maps of Texas Plate 47 p. 157 for interesting comments about
the map. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West V p.211: coming from
such a source and based upon such data it is unnecessary to vouch for
its accuracy and reliability. It is a complete Railroad Map, the only
one published which shows the whole of the great Pacific Railroad routes
and their projections and branches, together with all other railroads in
the State and Territories bordering the Mississippi on both sides..."
Keeler's map also locate the Indian Reservations of the West colored in
orange, the gold mines are identified. The map also depicts the wagon
roads, overland routes as well as the post and forts. Streeter Sale
with: NOTES TO ACCOMPANY KEELER'S MAP OF THE U.S. TERRITORY FROM THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. Wash., GPO, 1868 30pp. Sewn.
The "Notes" provide a variety of information: cities where land offices
are located, data regarding Pacific Railroad land grants, general
descriptions of the states and territories of the West, transportation
from the Missouri River to the Rockies, and "Distances from St. Louis to
Fort Benton Via Missouri River." Howes K122. The map and notes are
rarely offered together. (31343) $5500.00 ...
[PACIFIC TELEGRAPH]. DeGrand, P.P.F et al. PETITION OF P.P.F. DEGRAND
AND OTHERS, PRAYING A CHARTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTING A RAILROAD
AND ESTABLISHING A LINE OF TELEGRAPH FROM ST. LOUIS TO SAN FRANCISCO.
Wash., SMD28, 1850 35ppp. dbd. First edition. This plan "is the only one
as yet proposed which will secure practically, mathematically and
irrevocably, by a single act of Congress, the construction of this great
work in the shortest time allowed..." (16384) $75.00 ...
Wilkes, George. PROPOSAL FOR A NATIONAL RAIL-ROAD TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN.
FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING A SHORT ROUTE TO OREGON AND THE INDIES.
N.Y., Adee, Printer, 1847. 24pp. Folding map (untitled folding map of
the works (position of American between the oceans) 22.3 x 26cm.,
boundary lines colored in yellow and green, printed on blue paper.
Original printed grey wrappers, fine copy laid in half morocco slipcase.
Fourth and best edition with the map. Presentation copy from the author
at bottom of wrapper title. The map depicts the route for world trade
in red. Howes W419: "One of the earliest transcontinental agitations;
framed while California was still a Mexican province, and Oregon
terminus was planned. Wagner-Camp-Becker 119:2 note. Bancroft in his
"History of Oregon" states: "This scheme was for a free national road to
be supported by tolls sufficient to pay its expenses, and not a
corporate monopoly. Wilkes was in advance of this times; but the
principle he advocated is undoubtedly the correct one for developing the
great interior of the continent." (31370) $2000.00 ...
[PACIFIC RAILROAD]. Carver, Dr. Hartwell. PROPOSAL FOR A CHARTER TO
BUILD A RAILROAD FROM LAKE MICHIGAN TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. Washington,
Gideon, 1847. 38pp. Dbd. Evenly tanned. Very good. Carver, who claims to
be the first to propose a railroad to the Pacific Ocean, here brings
together his various writings on the subject. He includes a three-page
"Memorial for a Private Charter" addressed to the U.S. Congress and
asking that Carver and his associates be granted a private charter to
build the railroad; remarks on the practicability of the enterprise,
including criticisms of the plans of Asa Whitney and George Wilkes (whom
Carver claims are asking for too much land and too much time to build
the railroad); and various newspaper articles that Carver has written on
the subject. "One of the earliest transcontinental projects, with
critical comments on the plans of Whitney and Wilkes" – Howes. HOWES
C214, "aa." GRAFF 621. COWAN, p.108. RAILWAY ECONOMICS, p.281. (22084)
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