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Pingenot Auction, Lot 418

418. [RAILROADS]. Lot of 10 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

DENVER & RIO GRANDE RAILWAY. Tourists’ Handbook Descriptive of Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. [Denver]: Denver & Rio Grande Railway, n.d. 53, [29, ads] pp., illustrations. Pictorial wrappers. Small tears to spine, one front corner chipped, otherwise fine.

GEORGE, Charles B. Forty Years on the Rail: Reminiscences of a Veteran Conductor. R. R. Donneley & Sons, 1887. Illustrations. Small 8vo, green pictorial boards, embossed front with gilt title. Signed.

MARSHALL, James. Santa Fe: The Railroad that Built an Empire. New York: 1945. Illustrations, maps (one folding). Cloth, labels. Owner’s bookplate. Near mint in original publisher’s slipcase. Signed by the author.
         First edition, limited edition (#696 of an unspecified number of copies for presentation only). Pingenot: Fine work on the history of the Santa Fe Railroad.

MASTERSON, V. V. The Katy Railroad and the Last Frontier. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1952. Illustrations, maps. Original cloth, gilt title on spine. Fine. Autographed by the author on the front free endpaper and dated "Sept. 1952."
         First edition. Pingenot: The history of this railroad that ran from St. Louis to Kansas through Oklahoma and into Texas. The Missouri-Kansas-Texas, or the MKT, Railroad.

NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD. Northern Pacific Railroad. Popular Vacation Excursions. Chicago: C. R. Brodix, 1884. Illustrated. Pictorial wrappers. Fine.

PANAMA RAIL-ROAD COMPANY. Panama Rail-Road Company: Capital $1,000.00, with Liberty to Increase to $5,000.00. New York: Van Norden & Amerman, 1849. Folding map (11 x 14.5 inches) of the Western Hemisphere: "Chart, prepared by Lieutenant M. F. Maury U.S.N." with inset map of Limon Bay showing route of the 46 mile railroad from Point Coco solo across the Isthmus of Panama. Printed wrappers. Wrappers and outer leaves stained.
         First edition. See Morrison, Isthmian Canal Bibliography, p. 61, for later date company reports. Sabin 58410. Pingenot: A treaty between the U.S. and New Granada signed on December 12, 1846, was the stimulus that brought the Panama Rail-Road Company into being. Led by three New York investors, William H. Aspinwall, Henry Chauncey, and John L. Stephens (see Bancroft, History of Central America, III:700-702), the company secured an exclusive privilege from the Republic of New Granada for the construction of a railroad across the Isthmus. This prospectus contains a history of the surveys and negotiations leading to the concession, extracts from letters of engineers, and the complete text of the grant in both English and Spanish. The Panama Railway was the first American interoceanic transportation link and the precursor of the Panama Canal.

PERKINS, J. R. Trails, Rails and War: The Life of General G. M. Dodge. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1929]. Frontispiece portrait, photographic illustrations. Original red cloth, gilt lettering. Good, with some wear and rubbing.
         First edition. Pingenot: Biography of railroad builder, soldier, and Iowa politician. Dodge rose to the rank of major general of volunteers and fought in many important engagements. After the war he became chief engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad, supervising the building of the road until its completion in 1870.

RIEGEL, Robert Edgar. The Story of the Western Railroads. New York: McMillan, 1926. Original cloth. Fine.
First edition.

UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD. Union Pacific Railroad: The Great National Highway Between the Missouri River and California. The Direct Route to Colorado.... Chicago: Horton & Leonard, 1868. 12 [4] pp. Original printed wrappers with detailed map of route on back wrapper. Near fine.
         First edition, first issue. Chicago Ante-Fire Imprints 1416. Not in Graff, Flake, or Howes. Literature Relating to the Union Pacific System, p. 58. Railway Economics, p. 296 (locating only 3 copies). Pingenot: Contains a brief history of the U.P.R.R., its connections with other rail lines, and provides information on the mineral regions, climate, agriculture, settlements, cities and towns, etc. Wells, Fargo & Company stations and distances from Omaha to San Francisco, as well as from Salt Lake City to Montana and Idaho. A 2-plus page essay entitled "Who Should go West" suggests almost everyone!

WATERS, L. L. Steel Trails to Santa Fe. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1950. Plates, illustrations, maps, endpaper maps. Cloth. Fine in lightly rubbed d.j.

(10 vols.)