Philadelphia. 1869. 250pp. plus folding map and folding profile. Original front printed wrapper bound into modern dark brown calf, gilt. Bookplate on front pastedown. Text clean. Small tape repairs to map at gutter margin. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM47748
One of the most detailed western railway survey publications, accompanied by a large, important map of the West and profile of the route from Missouri to California. This work sets forth the ambitious expansion plans for the Kansas Pacific Railway. Shortly after the railroad's decision to follow the Smokey Hill Route across Kansas and into Denver, the railroad began to show interest in moving forward with its projected line through New Mexico and Arizona to the Pacific. The folding map depicts the proposed route of the Kansas Pacific Railway. The map is based on the famous Keeler map of 1867, but with a number of additions. It is the first map to show and name the Grand Canyon. The text includes detailed reports of the mineral and agricultural resources along the route in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The folding profile, almost always lacking, shows the change in elevation along the entire route, from Missouri to California. It is riddled with important geographic details (passes, gaps, locations of rivers, etc.), as well as man-made landmarks such as sundry army forts and lines already constructed. In all, the profile offers a stunning visual summary of the challenging and dramatic variances in elevation with which the railroad's engineers had to cope. "[Palmer's] report is full of all sorts of information - geographic commentary, engineering detail, and comparative discussions of different routes, with attention to such larger matters as mineral resources, manufacturing resources, and sources of traffic" - Wheat. Palmer rescued James White on this expedition and also gives White's narrative, in his own words, of the remarkable overland expedition and trip through the Colorado Canyon. This copy, like the Graff copy, contains only one folding map. Howes asserts that some copies have three maps. Copies with the map and profile are extremely rare. A fundamental description of the American West. HOWES P54, "aa." WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 1206. GRAFF 3177. SABIN 58383. FARQUHAR 24.