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Auction 99, Lot 634

"Letter of the Secretary of The Navy, Communicating… a report… in relation to the various proposed lines for interoceanic canals and railroads between the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans", U.S. Government

Subject: Surveys - Central America

Period: 1866 (published)

Publication: Senate Ex. Doc No 62


6 x 9 inches
15.2 x 22.9 cm

Written by Rear Admiral Charles H. Davis, Supt. of the Naval Observatory. 8vo, 28 pp, complete with 13 maps. First map is "General Map of the American Isthmuses showing the various lines proposed for Inter-oceanic Communications." It locates with hand colored outline the numerous proposed canal locations, including a very long one from Teluantepec to the Gulf of Campeche. Remaining maps are detailed routes and profiles of each proposal. A historical and interesting early step toward building the Panama Canal.

References: Poore p.850; Sabin 18805.

Condition: C

Most maps have some splits and the general map has a long tear. Previous owner's name & date written on flyleaf. Slightly soiled, spine ends bumped.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/12/2002