[Pacific Railroad Survey]. Reports of Explorations and Surveys. To Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Washington: Beverley Tucker, 1855-1860. First editions. Twelve volumes in thirteen quartos. 584 lithograph plates (some in color); fifty-five maps, charts, and profiles. Numerous Intertextual illustrations. Modern green cloth over thick boards, gilt lettering on spines. Corners bumped and minor rubbing on board edges. Text blocks slightly cockled, page edges toned, occasional light to heavy foxing and soiling, minor specks of stains, a couple of volumes have gatherings shaken. Majority of maps have the usual edge and fold wear, fold separations, creasing, additional folds, tears (some extended into the image area), chips with paper losses, and a few detached and laid-in. Overall, a very good set.

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    Volume I (1855): No illustrations.
    Volume II (1855): 37 plates, 1 hand-colored geological map, 1 folding profile
    Volume III (1856): 24 plates, 3 folding maps.
    Volume IV (1856): 58 plates, 1 folding chart.
    Volume V (1856): 69 plates, 8 folding maps.
    Vol. VI (1857): 46 plates.
    Volume VII (1857): 50 single plates, 2 folding maps.
    Volume VIII (1857): 43 single plates
    Volume IX: (1858): No illustrations.
    Volume X (1859): 121 plates
    Volume XI (1855): 11 plates, 35 folding maps.
    Volume XII part 1 (1860): 69 single plates, 4 folding maps.
    Volume XII part 2 (1860): 53 plates

    "Despite their flaws, these volumes contain a monumental collection of scientific information, geographical, zoological, botanical, geological, of the still mysterious American West. Upon first examination, the volumes seem forbiddingly disorganized; reports clearly were printed as they were received; there is no overall system or arrangement, nor are there general indices to the volumes, and, as Camp has pointed out, there is the usual duplication of printing and lithography by both houses of Congress. However, these faults are amply compensated by the richness of the material within." - (Wagner-Camp, page 462).

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