Complete Set of Pacific Railroad Surveys

By Various

ISBN bwprs

Price $12,000.00

COMPLETE SET OF PACIFIC RAILROAD SURVEYS [Pacific Railroad Surveys]. 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 1853-54. Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, Printer, 1855-1860. Large, thick quarto. Twelve volumes bound in thirteen. Profusely illustrated with maps, lithographed plates, colored lithographed plates, profiles, etc. Leather back and corners over marbled boards, Volume XI in publisher's black cloth. Bindings worn and chipped in places. Volume XI cracked at top of rear joint. Occasional light foxing. Some pages browned in Volume II, Part 2. A few pages with heavy foxing in Volume X, Part 4. Heavy foxing to early leaves of Volume XI, and with a small tear (hole) to the front free endpaper. Ten inch tear to the general map (map I). Damage to top of page 55-56 in volume XII, Book II, Part III. Despite the few blemishes mentioned here, this is a very good, handsome set of the railroad surveys. Funded by Congress in March 1853 and organized by the War Department, six parties were sent to survey four main routes that were under consideration for the ultimate route of a transcontinental railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. All parties were to gather data relating to the natural history, local resources, peculiarities, climate, geography, topography, meteorology (including barometric profiles), geology, botany, zoology, and paleontology; as well as statistics on Indian tribes living along the various routes. An important collection of exploration data regarding the Western United States. Includes Warren's Map of the Territory of the United States from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean ...which is considered to be the best cartographical work on the west up to its time... -Howes. Howes P3. Wagner-Camp p. 262-267. Meisel p. 189-219 HBS 27863. Maps Western Americana Railroadiana. 

Vol III, Sec II: Extra color plate: View of Black Forest Mount Hope
Vol III, Sec III: Extra color plate: Mojave Indians; Lacks text plate 35: Pictographs at Yampais Spring
Vol III, Sec IV: One extra map
Vol V, Sec II: Geology plate 10 lacking
Vol VI, Part IV: Plate III of Mammals trimmed on right side
Vol X, Sec III: Birds: Two extra plates, 7 hand-colored plates present, calls for 5 (Biblio. calls for 6)
Vol XI: 32 folding maps, as called for
Vol XII: Book I: Plate 22 lacking, plate 23 duplicated (repeated)