LOT OF 3 LITHOGRAPHS OF CALIFORNIA & OREGON FOR U.S. PACIFIC RAILROAD SURVEYS

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The Pacific Railroad Surveys (1853–1855) consisted of a series of explorations of the American West to find possible routes for a transcontinental railroad across North America. The expeditions included surveyors, scientists, and artists and resulted in an immense body of data covering at least 400,000 square miles on the American West. "These volumes... constitute probably the most important single contemporary source of knowledge on Western geography and history and their value is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of many beautiful plates in color of scenery, native inhabitants, fauna and flora of the Western country." Published by the United States War Department from 1855 to 1860, the surveys contained significant material on natural history, including many illustrations of reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. In addition to describing the route, these surveys also reported on the geology, zoology, botany, paleontology of the land as well as provided ethnographic descriptions of the Native peoples encountered during the surveys.

Each lithograph measures 8 ¾’ x 11 ½”. Images are clear with good contrast. They are titled and numbered, “GENERAL REPORT PLATE X- MOUNT JEFFERSON AND BLACK BUTTE FROM CAMP S; GENERAL REPORT IX- MOUNT HOOD FROM TYSCH PRARIE; GENERAL REPORT PLATE I- LASSENS BUTTE FROM VICINITY OF CAMP 18”. Each features a view of the mountains at the border of California and Oregon.  [sl]

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