SOLD: 1915 Baxter - General Map of the Panama Canal

SOLD: 1915 Baxter - General Map of the Panama Canal

Rare relief map booklet of the Panama Canal Zone

Title:

General Map of the Panama Canal

Map maker:

William M. Baxter, Jr. / Rand Avery Supply Co.

Place and Year:

Boston, c. 1915

Dimensions:

29.8 x 81.5 cm (11.3 x32 in)

Technique:

Chromolithograph

Coloring:

Original colors

Condition Rating:

VG+

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DETAILS

Scarce map of the Panama Canal Zone and the canal and railroads recently completed.

The Panama Canal is an artificial 77 km (48 mi) waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 m (85 ft) above sea level, and then lower the ships at the other end. The original locks are 34 m (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane of locks was constructed between September 2007 and May 2016. The expanded canal began commercial operation on June 26, 2016. The new locks allow transit of larger, Post-Panamax ships, capable of handling more cargo.

OCLC/WorldCat lists three copies, at the University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University; and Miami [Ohio] University. Peculiarly, the OCLC catalogue dates the map as 1900, an impossibility, since there was no Panama Canal, and no Panama, at that time.

CONDITION NOTES

Minor rubbing and soiling to the boards.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00501

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