Lot 263 of 613:
Palmer survey with rare map  

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Report of Surveys Across the Continent, in 1867-'68, on the Thirty-Fifth and Thirty-Second Parallels, for a Route Extending the Kansas Pacific Railway to the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco and San Diego

Palmer, William Jackson


W.B. Selheimer



6, [2], 7-250 pp. With folding profile and large map. (8vo) 23x15 cm (9x6"), old marbled boards with leather corners, modern black cloth rebacking, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition.

Important and early railroad item, which also contains the first narrative of a white man to cross the Grand Canyon. James White was the sole survivor of his party, and his account first appears here. Goetzman in Exploration and Empire, pp. 394-397, discusses this story, but does not refer to the account in Palmer. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 189-190, believes that Palmer's book contains the first printed account of California's High Desert, and it also is among the first books to mention Death Valley. Some copies of the Palmer's work contained three maps in addition to the profile, others just one - the present copy just has the one (no signs of removal of the others). The large map, the first to use the name "Grand Canyon of the Colorado," is: "Map of the route of the Southern Continental R.R. with connections from Kansas City Mo., Ft. Smith Ark. and Shreveport La., giving a general view of the recent surveys of the Kansas Pacific Railway Co., across the continent made in 1867 & 1868..." (76x96 cm), of the western United States with northern Mexico. It is the second issue (of two) of the map. The profile is: "General profile of the Union Pacific Railway, E.D. or Kansas Pacific Rail Road from St. Louis to San Francisco" (15x152 cm). Howes P-54 Wheat Transmississippi 1206,  and Vol. V, pp. 253-255; Graff 3177; Farquhar, Colorado River & The Grand Canyon, 24. The map corresponds to Wheat, with an additional two lines of text regarding Keeler's map as a source (second issue). Graff describes the first state.

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Recased, new endpapers, ex-library from the Franklin Institute, with stamps on folding profile, title page, and a few leaves within, perforated stamps on title page and final text leaf. The large map has been laid to an archival backing repairing fold splits, etc, now rolled and with some vertical creasing, a some small chips along folds; the folding plan is split and detached from the final section and has some foxing and wear, the book is in a very good binding with new rebacking.

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