"One of the Earliest
George Wilkes. Project of a National Railroad from the
Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, for the Purpose of
Obtaining a Short Route to Oregon and the Indies. New York:
Published by the Author [Burgess, Stringer & Co.], 1845.
"Republished from 'The History of Oregon,' by the Same Author."
Second edition (first separate edition), apparent second issue with
preface dated November 1845 (first dated June 1845). Octavo. 23,
[1, blank] pages. Saddle-stitched in original yellow printed
wrappers. Housed in red morocco backed slipcase with chemise. Gilt
titles and device on slipcase spine. Pamphlet with light vertical
fold down the center. Covers smudged and lightly soiled, dust
shadows around the margins. Small pencil number "24" on lower left
corner of front cover. Very minor paper chips at spine ends. Light
edge wear and small corner bends. Foxing throughout. Slipcase
rubbed, boards spotted. Overall, very good.
"One of the earliest transcontinental agitations; framed while California was still a Mexican province, and Oregon terminus was planned." - Howes 418.
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