Lot 258 of 541:
Bell's New Tracks in North America 1869  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$780
Estimate:
$500 - $800

Title:
New Tracks in North America: A Journal of Travel and Adventure whilst Engaged in the Survey for a Southern Railroad the Pacific Ocean
Author:
Bell, William A.
Place:
London
Publisher:
Chapman and Hall
Date:
1869
Description:

2 volumes. lxv, [3], 236; [viii, [3], 322 pp. Illustrated with 20 color lithographed plates; 3 botanical plates; 1 wood-engraved plate; 1 folding color map; 1 plate with 3 small maps; woodcuts in the text. (8vo) 21.5x14.5 cm (8½x5¾"), period polished tan calf ruled in gilt, spines tooled in gilt, raised bands, morocco lettering pieces, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpaper, all edges gilt.; bound by Mansell. First Edition.

Presentation copy inscribed and signed by the author on the front flyleaf of Vol. I: " In remembrance of a most delightful hours chat from the casual (acquaintance) W.A. Bell. 'A happy New Year to you,' Xmas Day, 1869." Graff notes the work "Contains firsthand accounts of Indians in Arizona and New Mexico."  The folding map is "Map of the South-Western Portion of the United States, and of Sonora and Chihuahua. Illustrating the Travels of Dr. W.A. Bell. Compiled by E. G. Ravenstein, F.R.G.S. &c." It measures 32.2x36.5 cm. The map plate shows the harbors of San Francisco, San Diego, and Guaymas. Cowan p.45; Graff 246; Howes B330; Rader 330; Farquhar Colorado River 25; Wheat Transmississippi 1196.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Some rubbing and minor wear to covers; large map with some darkening along folds; very good condition, an attractive copy.
 
Item number:
273186
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