Early Kansas Imprint Touting a Railroad from Leavenworth to
With Scarce Map
65. KANSAS CENTRAL RAILWAY COMPANY. Statement of the Condition and Resources of the Kansas Central Railway (Narrow Gauge) from Leavenworth, Kansas to Denver, Colorado. Leavenworth: Printed at the Office of the Kansas Farmer, 1871. 19 [1 blank] pp. (with printed correction slip pasted on p. ), folding lithograph map on bank note paper, routes marked in red: Map of the Kansas Central Railway and Its Connections, neat line to neat line: 31.7 x 60.7 cm. 8vo (21.3 x 13.6 cm), original coated blue paper wrappers printed and decorated in black and gold, sewn. Title with light marginal browning, map moderately foxed along one fold and lower right slightly wrinkled from adhesive where attached to upper wrapper, otherwise a very fine copy, preserved in a dark blue morocco and blue cloth clamshell case.
First edition of a quite grand early Kansas imprint, both in content and physical makeup. Eberstadt 137:274. Graff 2273. Hawley & Farley, Kansas Imprints, 1854-1876: A Supplement 240. The map is not listed by Wheat, nor in either of the Modelski compilations on railroad maps. This prospectus of the Kansas Central Railway, which was founded in June of 1871, demonstrates the Company’s intentions to build the road all the way from Leavenworth to Denver, Colorado. The Company proposed to build their line using narrow gauge in order to cut costs, a situation that probably made financing easier to obtain. Among the grandiose plans shown here on the map and enumerated in glowing prose are projects to extend the line in various directions from the main line and implications that the railroad will result in exports of stone, lime, and salt. The Company went out of business on April 15, 1879, when its properties were foreclosed. ($750-1,500)
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