New York. D. Appleton & Co., 09- 1856.
No. III. Black and white maps throughout, large black and white folding map tipped in, xii+24pp, 7 x 5 inches, paper wrappers (softbound). Paper wraps in fair condition only: spine paper covering lacking, rear cover detached. The string binding is coming loose with two sections detached (pp. iii-x, 26-46, 179-182 all had been taped back in, obviously a long time ago as the tape has dried and detached, leaving a thin toned section at the gutter edge; short area of paper loss to pp iii-ix at fore-edge, not affecting any text; the folding map has a short archivally repaired tear where it unfolds from the book, a few spots on the left edge and remains of light doodling, overall in good condition. An extraordinary compendium from the early days of the American love affair with railroads. A Guide to Railways in "the United States and Canadas"; a general Steamboat Directory; a Guide to the Principal Hotels. Large folding map at front, plus numerous internal maps depicting the routes of regional railroads with time tables. Numerous advertisements. This volume predates the completion of the first transcontinental railroad by more than a dozen years. The folding map depicts railroads east of the Mississippi and extending south to Savannah; there is an inset of the railroads of New England. This is a very early copy of a series that was issued for a great many years. It is a valuable documentation of US railroads at a very early stage of development. Item #47901