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Auction 183, Lot 162

"Die Eisenbahn von dem Missisippi nach dem Stillen Ocean (Californien)",

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1856 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
11.5 x 10.3 inches
29.2 x 26.2 cm

This map of the western United States was issued in Zeitschrift fur Bauwesen (a German construction magazine) to show the possible railroad routes to the Pacific Ocean. With the vast new territories acquired from Mexico along with the recent gold discoveries in California, interest in the American West had spread internationally. The 6 pages of text that accompanies the map states that the three most viable railroad routes were the northern route (St. Paul to Seattle), the central route (Council Bluffs to Benicia) and the southern route (Fulton, AR to San Pedro). The article contains a graph showing the lengths and cost of each line and some interesting observations including "over a thousand miles of this line lie in a completely depopulated country."

References:

Condition: B+

There is minor foxing along the lower fold and some minor staining along the top and bottom sheet edges. Accompanying text is also very good with a few spots of foxing.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/9/2021

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