DAVIS, Rear-Admiral Charles Henry (1807-1877). Report on Interoceanic Canals and Railroads between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1867.

$ 750.00

8vo., (9 1/8 x 6 1/8 inches). 14 fine folding lithographed maps, one with original hand color in outline and one with printed color finished by hand (a few tears, some spotting). Original publisher’s pebbled purple cloth faded to tan, spine lettered in gilt (sun-faded with some staining).

Provenance: With contemporary gift inscription “L. K. Smith presented by Hon. J. S. Morrill Nov 23rd 1867” on front free endpaper.

Second expanded edition, first published the previous year as “Letter of the Secretary of the Navy.” The maps include: “General Map of the American Isthmuses” with original hand color in outline (short tear just barely affecting image); “Profiles of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec”; “Map and Vertical Section of the Proposed Honduras Interoceanic Railway” (3-inch tear); “Map and Profile of the Route for the Construction of a Ship Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, across the Isthmus in the State of Nicaragua, Central America”; “Map of the Isthmus between Chagres and Panama”; “Panama Railroad”; “Map and Profile of the Route for the Construction of a Ship Canal between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans”; “Isthmus of Darien: Map Showing the Route of Commander Prevost”; “Map of Part of the Isthmus of Darien”; “Map of an Exploration for an Inter-oceanic Canal by way of the Rivers Atrato and San Juan in New Granada, S.A.”; “Central Sketch of the Survey for an Interoceanic Ship Canal near the Isthmus of Darien via the Rivers Atrato and Truando”; “Interoceanic Ship Canal via the Atrato and Truando Rivers” (1-inch tear near fold); “Isthmus of Darien from 77° 20ʹ to 80° 10ʹ”; and “Description de la Pxovincia de Daxien ó gran Castillo de Oxo, comentada paxa inteligencia del Mapa de sus intexioxidades, y nuevos descubximientos” with printed color finished by hand (a bit spotted). “Contains copious lists of books and maps, relating to inter-oceanic communication through the American isthmuses” (Sabin). Sabin 18805.