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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 108

    CARVER, Hartwell (1789-1875). Proposal for a Charter to Build a Railroad from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean. Washington: Printed by J. and G.S. Gideon, 1847.

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    CARVER, Hartwell (1789-1875). Proposal for a Charter to Build a Railroad from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean. Washington: Printed by J. and G.S. Gideon, 1847.

    8o (224 x 138 mm). Modern quarter morocco, marbled boards, spine gilt-lettered.

    FIRST EDITION of "one of the earliest transcontinental projects..." (Howes). Claiming to be the originator of the endeavor to build a railroad to the Pacific Ocean, Carver here includes an address to Congress asking for a charter to build the railroad, "An Inquiry into the Practicability and Benefits of a Railroad...," and extracts from several newspaper articles discussing the subject. Graff 621; Howes C-214.


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