Lot 289 of 541:
1st U.S. Railway Map  

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Report of the Board of Commissioners, of Internal Improvements in Relation to the Examination of Sundry Routes for a Railway from Boston to Providence. With a Memoir of the Survey
Fiske, Josiah J., Willard Phillips, and James Hayward
Dutton & Wentworth, Printers to the State

72 pp. Folding engraved map. (8vo) 23.3x14 cm (9¼x5½"), unbound signatures, stitched. Second issue, with "Senate [of Massachusetts] No. 4" at top of title page. 1000 copies printed.

Very early document relating to a railroad in the United States. The map, "Plan of a Survey for the proposed Boston and Providence Rail-Way. by James Hayward Jan. 1828" (18.8x106.2 cm plus margins), is the earliest example of a printed American railroad map in the Library of Congress. Early ink ownership signature of Thos A. Creche at top of title page.

Provenance: R. Casavant, AB, 8/84

References: Modelski, Railroad Maps of North America, No.1. This map is earliest railroad map for any part of the U.S. in Library of Congress.

Lot Amendments
Light foxing to booklet, a little heavier to map which has some offsetting; very good.
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