Auction 122, Lot 366

"Special Message of the President of the United States Concerning the Panama Canal Communicated to the Two Houses of Congress on December 17, 1906", U.S. Government

Subject: Panama Canal

Period: 1906 (dated)

Publication: Sen. Doc. No. 144, 59th Cong., 2d Sess.

Color: Printed Color

6 x 9.3 inches
15.2 x 23.6 cm

In November 1906, President Roosevelt made an unprecedented three-day visit to the Panama Canal in order to gain first-hand knowledge of ongoing construction of the canal, and to quell much of the criticism of the project. This book provides many interesting details regarding the operations, and includes more than two dozen black and white photographic images. A large and comprehensive foldout Map Showing the Line of Proposed Lock Canal With Summit Elevation At 85 Feet has attractive printed color, and shows the proposed Panama Railroad. This large (48" x 24") and fully colored map describes the entire canal project. Published by the Isthmian Canal Commission in the second full year of construction by the US, the map is an interesting and early view of the proposed canal as it winds across the isthmus. The map details the course from mile 0 near Colon to the Pacific Ocean offshore from Panama City at mile 50. Remarkably detailed at one inch per mile. The legend gives location of land, Panama Railroad (current and proposed), dams, and more. Notes give background on source of the maps geography and topography. An important document in a Panama Canal collection. Complete with 63pp, 8vo. Hardbound in original sheepskin with gilt titling over red and black bands on spine.


Condition: B+

Map has some minor toning along folds that has led to some short splits, mostly at the intersections. The rest of the contents are very good. Front cover is separated. Rear cover starting to separate along hinge. Spine is a bit rubbed. Binding is sound.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $140

Closed on 12/5/2007