Explorations for a Pacific Railroad Route, 13 Vols.
Lot of 13. Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Made under the direction of the Secretary of War, in 1853-4. 33rd Congress, 2nd Session, Senate Ex. Doc. No. 78. Washington: Beverly Tucker, Printer. All 4to in brown embossed cloth. Vols. I, II - 1855; Vols. III - V - 1856; Vols. VI - VIII - 1857; Vol. IX - 2858; Vol. X - 1859; Vol. XI - 1861; Vols. XII, Books 1 & 2, both 1860.
This series of government reports is filled throughout with wonderful lithographed maps and plates, many hand-colored including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, plants, fossils, geology, Mollusca, Gastropoda, Native Americans, and more. Many of the plates and maps are fold-outs.
About half missing spines. Overall good. Some pages toned, others near mint. These may be next to each other and are clearly the result of the batch of paper used. Same for plates - some fine, some toned, some with scattered foxing. Condition is variable. Vol. 1 is in very good condition, Vol. XI has encountered a bit of moisture, Vol. III is in several sections with the boards separated. For the most part, however, the paper is still bright with just scattered foxing and water stains.