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Auction 92, Lot 470

"Across the Continent: A Summer's Journey to the Rocky Mountains, The Mormons, and the Pacific States with Speaker Colfax", Bowles, Samuel

Subject: Travel - Western United States

Period: 1865 (published)



5 x 7.7 inches
12.7 x 19.6 cm
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As the influential editor of the Springfield Massachusetts Republican with an abiding interest in western expansion, Bowles joined Schuyler Colfax, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, on a tour of the western railroads and the transcontinental rail line, which was then under construction. Traveling through Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington, Bowles wrote one of the most complete accounts of the region immediately after the Civil War. Includes hand colored folding map, engraved by J.H. Goldthwait, "Map of the Territories and the Pacific States" with an inset "Plan of Central California". First edition, hard bound in brown cloth, 437 pages.


Condition: B

Light scattered foxing in text, map with long tear (repaired with cello tape), shelf wear.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/13/2000