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With 1st railroad map published in California  

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Report of the Chief Engineer of the Pacific and Atlantic Rail Road Co., January, 1855

[Lewis, William J. ]

San Francisco

Whitton, Towne & Co.



23 pp. With folding map, lithographed by Britton  & Rey. (8vo) 23x14.6 cm (9x5¾"), original pale yellow printed wrappers.

Detailed report on the railroad line from San Jose to San Francisco. This copy includes the rare map, which is laid in loose, "Route of the Pacific and Atlantic Rail Road between San Francisco, & San Jose. As located by Wm. J. Lewis, Chief Engineer, in Sept. Oct. & Nov 1851" (18.5x68 cm plus wide margins). The map seems to have been issued only in some copies - the Streeter copy was apparently the only one of the six copies cited by Greenwood to contain one. Warren Heckrotte notes that "A Report of the Chief Engineer on the survey of the route first appeared in late 1851 with the map. This map is the first railroad map to be published in California."  Pencil name of S.S. Bridges, Esq., at top of front wrapper.

Provenance: Butterfield & Butterfield, 2/10/89

References: Cowan p.511; Greenwood 585; Roccq 14061; Streeter 2790.

Lot Amendments

Lower corner of front wrapper slightly bent; map with very faint offset; else fine.

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