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Canal across Isthmus of Darien  

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Isthmus of Darien Ship Canal; with a full history of the Scotch colony of Darien, several maps, views of the country, and original documents

Cullen, Dr. [Edward]


Effingham Wilson, publisher



[12], 204 pp. With folding lithographed frontispiece reproducing 3 panoramic drawings by the author of the proposed ship canal across the Isthmus of Darien; 3 folding maps drawn by the author. (8vo) 20.8x13.5 cm (8¼x5:), original red blindstamped cloth. Second Edition, much enlarged.

Presentation copy inscribed in in at top of title page: "To F.M. Kelley Esq. With Dr. Cullen's compliments, April 2, 1857."  In 1851 and 1852  Edward  Cullen, a Scotch-
Irish physician and failed Gold Rush entrepreneur, claimed to have walked several times across the isthmus from the Gulf of San Miguel to Caledonia Bay. Cullen characterized this potential canal route as requiring, "nothing whatever to be done but a simple cut." Cullen's promise of an easy route resulted in the formation of the Atlantic and Pacific Junction Company. The present work is promotional as much as a narrative of events. Formerly in the Mechanics Institute Library of San Francisco, with perforated stamp on title page, circular label on front cover, spine lettering in white, bookplate on front pastedown, pocket etc. on rear endpapers, withdrawn rubberstamps.

Lot Amendments

Spine worn, lacking top 2" of spine strip; repair to front hinge, and some repairs to folding plates; good to very good.

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