Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. 192pp. plus ten folding maps. 20th-century green cloth, red morocco gilt label. Boards lightly soiled. Ex-Easton (PA) Public Library with their blindstamp on the titlepage and a faded ink number on the copyright page. Light to moderate scattered foxing to the text; the maps remain bright and clean. Overall a very good copy. Item #WRCAM62657
One of the first detailed and comprehensive overviews of the American canal system. “Collects every scrap of contemporary fact...regarding the entire Canal System, and the thousands of miles of natural navigation throughout the U.S. [Armroyd] describes and discusses the Post Roads, the public lands, the existing transportation system in the old Northwest Territory; the commerce and development of the country, and the mutual relationships of these matters as they existed at the outset of the modern era of travel and transportation” - Seymour Dunbar, as quoted in Eberstadt. “Leading early authority on the subject” - Howes. This volume includes ten handsome and detailed maps executed by John Melish, depicting all the then-known waterways in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, as well as Illinois and the south, including the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida, with insets of Perdido, Hillsboro, and Mobile bays. Important waterways on each map are handcolored either in red to indicate “improvements...that are already finished, or in progress...,” or yellow to indicate works “that are projected....” An important early examination of the United States canal system. HOWES A317, “aa.” AMERICAN IMPRINTS 23540. SABIN 2012. EBERSTADT 106:17.