Lot 12 of 382:
Quest for canals in U.S. 1805 with map  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$840
Estimate:
$500 - $800

Title:
Facts and Arguments Respecting the Great Utility of an Extensive Plan of Inland Navigation in America. By a Friend to National Industry
Author:
Blodgett, William &/or Turner Carnac
Place:
Philadelphia
Publisher:
Printed by Wm. Duane
Date:
1805
Description:

61, [1] pp. + final blank. Folding engraved map as frontispiece. (8vo) 21.5x12 cm (8½x4¾"), modern cloth, leather spine label. First Edition. 

One of the earliest American works entirely devoted to canals in which the author  advocates the advancement of navigable communication between the states in the Northeast, South, and Midwest, extolling the advantages for trade in manufactured and agricultural goods. Howes notes that this work is also ascribed to Turner Camac, and apparently it was "principally extracted" from Camac's Inland Navigation in Ireland and adapted by William Blodgett for American waterways. Quite uncommon with the map, titled "A Map of Pennsylvania Delaware New Jersey & Maryland with the Parts adjacent," measuring 30x38.5 cm. Howes B539; Sabin 5959. Old inkstamp of Towsend Whelen to top of title page.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Spine label rubbed; top margin of title and following leaves darkened; map with some light offsetting, 2" stub tear; very good.
 
Item number:
311026
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