NEW TRACKS IN NORTH AMERICA. A JOURNAL OF TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE WHILST ENGAGED IN THE SURVEY FOR A SOUTHERN RAILROAD TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN DURING 1867-8.
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London & New York. 1870. lxix,,236,,-564pp., including in-text illustrations, plus two colored maps (one folding) and twenty-four plates (many tinted). Half title. Titlepage vignette. Original blindstamped cloth, spine gilt. Backstrip a bit faded, some wear at spine ends and corners. Front hinge cracked but holding well. Contemporary gift inscription on half title from Irving Van Wart of Birmingham to George Frederick Munby. Old ink stamp on the titlepage, occasional light foxing, otherwise quite clean internally. About very good. Second edition, following the first of the previous year. Dr. William A. Bell, a British physician, accompanied William Palmer's expedition for a southwestern railroad route from Kansas to southern California. Organized by the Kansas Pacific Railway, they travelled from Kansas through Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona to southern California (their route is traced on the folding map). Bell's text is praised for his account of the travels of the party and the country traversed, his lengthy discussion of the Indians of the Southwest, and the excellent views in the plates and in-text illustrations. The final portion of the text discusses the prospects of several Pacific railway projects, and gives thoughts on westward emigration. Bell's work is also of value for the appendices, which include tables of distances, a report by expedition botanist C.C. Parry, detailed instructions given to Bell on taking wet plate collodion photographs in the field, and John Wesley Powell's report of his 1869 explorations on the Colorado River. HOWES B330. COWAN, p.45. GRAFF 246 (1st ed). FIELD 109 (1st ed.) RADER 330 (note). N° de ref. de la librería 1479
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