Washington, D.C. U.S. Government. 1859.
Lithograph, hand colored, image area approximately 6 3/4 x 9 inches on sheet 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Binding holes in top margin, light spotting at centre of left edge, otherwise clean and bright. An exceptionally fine handcolored lithograph issued in the "Reports of Explorations and Surveys, To Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River To The Pacific Ocean" published by the U.S. Government. This is plate XVII from volume X, depicting a brown and black bird (a western nighthawk of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas?) perched on a branch. The Latin name given is the contemporary name for this bird; no common name is given. The region noted at the top left of this plate is 38th, 39th and 41st Parallels. Item #33343