SOLD: 1869 The Great Railroad Routes to the Pacific and their Connections
SOLD: 1869 railroad map with area of the Golden Spike, projected and unfinished lines
The Great Railroad Routes to the Pacific and their Connections.
Rep. Com. No. 219, 40th Congress, 3rd Session; American Photo-Lithographic Company
New York, 1869
69.9 x 35.6 cm (27.5 x 14 in)
A terrific map published near the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and especially notable for its depiction of the Golden Spike area in Utah.
The entire track is shown completed except for 50 miles between Weber Canyon and Fort Bridger; as far as we know this is the only railroad map with this unique depiction. Scores of railroads are located throughout the country, including complete and projected lines; the Northern & Southern Pacific Trunk lines are shown in bold lines.
The map was published by the American Photo-Lithographic Company using a printing technique called "Osborne's Process." The map is separated from the original 31 pp. report with tan paper wrappers entitled "The Policy of Extending Government Aid to Additional Railroads to the Pacific by Guaranteeing Interest on Their Bonds."
Map and pamphlet separate. Map issued folding with a couple of faint spots, a few tiny splits at fold intersections, and a 1" binding tear at left, all of which have been closed on verso with archival tape. Report text is good with a faint damp stain near the center of the text.