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Auction 123, Lot 873

"Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, 1853-1856 Volume X", U.S. Railroad Surveys

Subject: Exploration and Surveys

Period: 1859 (published)

Publication: HR Doc. No. 78. 33d Cong., 2d Session


10 x 11.5 inches
25.4 x 29.2 cm

This first edition House volume is a general report on the zoology along the several exploration routes, including those of Beckwith, Whipple, Parka, Williamson and Abbot. In addition to numerous black and white engravings of snakes, fish and mammals, there are 17 full color litho plates of birds. The beautiful bird plates largely feature birds of prey; each a single large image per page. 368 total pages, 83 total lithographed plates. Large 4to in original quarter leather and marbled paper binding with raised spine.


Condition: B+

Contents generally very good. Spine and front cover with a little separation at front. Binding a little worn and bumped. Leather title label is sunned and cracked. Blank book plate on inside paste down.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/20/2008