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Watson's exquisite 1869 large-format railroad map with large engraving of a locomotive -- one of the finest 19th century railroad maps.

Place/Date: New York / 1869
$4,500.
Title: Watson’s New Rail­ Road and Distance Map of the United States and Canada
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
127 x 93 cm (50 x 36.75 in)
Identifier
NL-00160
Coloring
Original color
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

Striking map of the U.S. as far west as Nebraska, Kansas and Texas. Engraved by Fisk & Russell, New York. The large title cartouche incorporates the locomotive “San Francisco.”

On each side is a long list of railroads with their mileage and cost of roads and equipment. At the top is a large inset depicting the routes of the Union Pacific Railroad. To the right are insets of the New York, Philadelphia, and Boston areas.

Cartographer(s)

Gaylord Watson

Gaylord Watson (1833 – 1896) was an American map publisher and engraver based in New York City.

Condition Description

Excellent condition. Backed on archival linen.

References

Modelski, Andrew. Railroad maps of the United States, 52 (1871 edition); Rumsey 3436 (1871 edition); Phillips p. 920.

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