Montreal. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company. 1909.
2nd Edition. Photo illustrated booklet in heavy paper wraps, 9 x 6 inches, 24 pp., detailing features of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the planned terminus of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Water staining along top of fore edge approximately 3 1/4 inches in height and less than 1 inch in depth at its greatest point. Paper loss in this area on pp 1/2; otherwise damp staining to remaining pages. Booklet contains two maps. The first, attached to front cover, is the 16 1/2 x 8 3/4 inch black and white map "General Plan for the Development of Prince Rupert, B.C." by Brett and Hall, Boston. The second is a handsome full color lithographic map by the Poole Brothers of Chicago approximately 32 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches titled "Map of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in British Columbia Showing Terminus at Prince Rupert." This map features two inset maps, "Map of Prince Rupert and Vicinity" and "Latitude Map" displaying the proximity of Prince Rupert to Asia (Japan and China). Both maps in excellent condition. An uncommon booklet with two striking maps. Opposite the booklet's title page is a page headlined "ANNOUNCEMENT," followed by explanatory text. "In response to many inquires on the subject which have been received by the Company from all parts of the world, this booklet is issued by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company for the purpose of giving information respecting its western terminus on the Pacific Ocean at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the new city now being built on the northern British Columbia Coast. There has been acquired in the interest of the RailwayCompany twenty-four thousand acres of land at Prince Rupert and vicinity for the purpose of the townsite and the development of the Port, a one-quarter interest of which belongs to the Province of British Columbia, who are therefore jointly interested with the Railway Company in the development of this New Seaport. The first subdivision of the townsite will cover an area of about two thousand acres. The first sale of Prince Rupert lots took place at Vancouver, May 25th to 29th, inclusive. Subsequent sales will be duly announced." The grand vision of Prince Rupert as a link to Asia was never realized; WWI brought financial collapse to the Grand Trunk, which was absorbed into the Canadian National Railways in 1920. The Poole Bros. color lithographic map is a stunning production in excellent condition. Item #50400