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Watson's exquisite 1869 large-format railroad map in a one-of-a-kind archival frame

Place/Date: New York / 1869
$8,000.
Title: Watson’s New Rail­ Road and Distance Map of the United States and Canada
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
Map size: 93 x 127 cm (36.75 x 50 in)
Identifier
NL-00160
Coloring
Original color
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

Stylishly framed, 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 Uniion Pacific Railroad. To the right are insets of the New York, Philadelphia, and Boston areas.

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Condition Description

Expert high-quality framing -- aged industrial steel finish by Larson. Oxidized metal fillet. Archival mounting, backed and glazed; Museum Plexiglass®. Map is in 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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