Lot 351 of 541:
Telegraph across Bering Straight 1864  

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Communication of Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, upon the subject of an Intercontinental Telegraph connecting the Eastern and Western Hemispheres by way of Behring's Strait, in reply to Hon. Z. Chandler, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce of the U.S. Senate, to which was referred the Memorial of Perry McDonough Collins

Seward, William H.


Government Printing Office



52 pp. Folding lithographed map loose in rear endpaper pocket. (8vo) 21.3x13.3 cm (8½x5¼"), modern buckram, spine lettered in gilt, original front wrapper bound in. First Edition.

The map is titled: "P. McD. Collins' Proposed Overland Telegraph via Behrings Strait and Asiatic Russia to Europe, under Russian & British Grants, Furnished by J.H. Colton..." measuring 42x64 cm. Warren Heckrotte notes that "The map derives from Colton's Map of the World as found in his atlas. Existing and proposed telegraph lines in the world are shown by a heavy line." Sabin 79059; Streeter 3527; Smith and Barnett, Russian America, pp 63, 69-70; Vivier, Charles, "The Collins Overland Line and American Continentalism." Pacific Historical Review 28 (August 1959), pp. 237-253.

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Faint foxing to earlier leaves, map with a bit of darkening at some folds, a few small tape repairs on verso; very good.

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