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Auction 183, Lot 163

"How to Go West. A Guide to Southern Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, California, and the Whole Great West",

Subject: Western United States, Railroads

Period: 1872 (published)


Color: Black & White

4.7 x 8.3 inches
11.9 x 21.1 cm
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This scarce promotional guide was written by A.E. Touzalin and printed by Horton & Leonard in Chicago on behalf of the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad. The 73 pages of text describe the best passenger railroads to take for comfort, quick passage, and safety or simply "the right road" west that was recently made possible with the recent completion of the Union Pacific Railroad. Accompanying the text are numerous woodcut illustrations, advertisements, 5 single page maps, and 2 (of 3) folding maps including The Travelers Map Union Pacific Railroad (31 x 7") showing the entire railroad in two strip maps from Omaha to Ogden and from Ogden to San Francisco as well as the hand-colored Map Showing The Connections in Nebraska & Kansas of the Burlington Route (13.5 x 7.8"). Hardbound in brown cloth with gilt title on the front cover.

References: Howes #H-699.

Condition: B

Contents are good to very good with light toning, occasional soiling, and the binding is somewhat loose. The long folding map of the Union Pacific Railroad has a 2" fold separation at top and a small stain. The color folding map of the Burlington Railroad has a 0.5" binding tear at left. Covers are stained with a small hole next to the joint.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/9/2021