Lot 240 of 455:
Memorial Northern Pacific Railroad with map  

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In the Senate of the United States... Mr. Ramsey submitted the following Memorial, &c. Northern Pacific Railroad. Memorial of the board of direction of the company, communications from Lieutenant General Grant, Brevet Major General Meigs, Q.M.G, and Brevet Major General Ingalls, A.Q.M., and report of the engineer-in-chief, November, 1867 (caption title)

Johnson, Edwin F., Alexander Ramsay, et al.


Government Printing Office



39 pp. With large folding hand-colored lithographed map. (8vo), original wrappers, bound in tan cloth with morocco spine label lettered in gilt.

Scarce pamphlet on the proposed Northern Pacific Railroad, construction of which began in 1870, and completed in 1883. The large map, 55x114 cm., is "Map of the Country from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean from the Latest Explorations and Surveys. To Accompany the Report of Edwin F. Johnson, Chf. Engr. Northern Pacific R.R. November 1867." It covers from Detroit west to the Pacific, well into Canada and south to about the 39th parallel and the Great Salt Lake. Features include the Pony Express route, overland mail routes, Fremont's exploration routes and dates, proposed and existing railroads, wagon roads, forts and much more. Along the top is a profile of the Northern Pacific Route across the country. It was also issued as a separate folding map. The title page states "December 17, 1867- Ordered to be Printed," and the wrapper cover bears the dates of  both 1967 and 1968.  Copies with the original wrappers are particularly rare. Phillips, America, p. 916; Wheat Transmississippi 1169 & Vol. 5, Part 1, pp. 205-209.

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Wrappers with some edgewear and foxing, light chipping to corners; interior with scattered light foxing; map about near fine with a few miniscule tears at folds.

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