1869 · [Various locations
by [Northern Pacific Railroad]: [Warren, Gouverneur K.]
[Various locations, 1869. Seven pamphlets bound into a single volume, listed below. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Moderate edge wear and some rubbing to boards, corners worn. Front hinge starting, small library stamp on front free endpaper from the Northern Pacific Railway Company Library. Modest tanning, occasional unobtrusive marginal annotations. Overall very good. A sammelband of seven pamphlets supporting the construction of the Northern Pacific Railway Company. These pamphlets include two especially important works - the first by Asa Whitney proposing the transcontinental railroad, and an extraordinarily rare work on early travel in the Pacific Northwest by Philip Ritz. The stamp on the front free endpaper indicates this sammelband came from the Northern Pacific Railroad's own reference library. The volume was initially assembled by Gouverneur K. Warren, the noted civil engineer and Union Army general during the Civil War. The foot of the spine is stamped in gilt, "G.K.W.", and Spaulding's REPORT (item 4 below) is inscribed to Warren. Known as the "Hero of Little Round Top" for his exploits at Gettysburg, Warren (1830-82) was also involved in several local and transcontinental railroad building projects in the years before and after the war. This volume contains a report by Warren on the region between the Platte and Missouri rivers, and several manuscript notes in his hand. Suffice it to say, this volume comes with a doubly-impressive provenance. The seven pamphlets are as follows: 1) Whitney, Asa: A PROJECT FOR A RAILROAD TO THE PACIFIC. New York: Printed by George W. Wood, 1849. viii,112pp., plus two folding maps. This is the very first proposal for a transcontinental railroad. During the 1840s, Congress considered Whitney's proposals for building a transcontinental railroad, to be assisted by government land grants and finances, and in the 1850s, Whitney financed three major railroad surveys. "This was the culmination of Whitney's promotion of his scheme for a transcontinental railroad. The opposition was so great, despite his own prodigious labors, that he abandoned his plans and retired. He lived, however, to see the completion of one such railroad and the inauguration of three others" - Graff. One of the maps shows the potential world-wide connection of the Pacific railroad, while the other shows the proposed route in detail. "Whitney was the first to bombard Congress with plans for a transcontinental railway. His efforts culminated in this matured proposal" - Howes. HOWES W383, "aa." BRE, p.288. LITERATURE RELATING TO THE UNION PACIFIC, p.17. GRAFF 4642. COWAN, p.680. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 114. 2) THE GREAT PACIFIC RAILWAY [extracted from THE AMERICAN WHIG REVIEW. July, 1849.] [New York. 1849]. pp. 67-80. A favorable review of Whitney's pamphlet just above, which praises the plan for "its boldness, feasibility, simplicity, and economy [which] must commend it to universal favor." 3) Warren, G.K., Lieutenant: ART. III - 1. EXPLORATION OF THE COUNTRY BETWEEN THE MISSOURI AND PLATTE RIVERS... [extracted from NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, No.180. July, 1858]. [New York. 1858]. pp. 66-94. This is Warren's report of a topographical survey of the region between the Missouri and Platte rivers. In specific and lyrical language he describes the qualities of the region as a destination for emigration, and a potential railroad route. 4) NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD. MEMORIAL OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. November, 1867. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood and Company, 1867. 11,16,56pp., plus single page, partially-colored map. Lacks the large map that accompanies Edwin Johnson's report. Front wrapper bound in, and inscribed, "Compliments of I. Spaulding," and noted "Recd Feby 25 68 GK Warren." Ira Spaulding (ca. 1818-75) served as an officer with the New York Infantry during the Civil War, and after the war was a divisional chief engineer for the Northern Pacific. This grouping of three reports is most famous for Edwin Johnson's important report on a route for the Northern Pacific, and also contains the MEMORIAL of the NPRR Board of Directors, and COMMUNICATIONS from U.S. Grant, Montgomery Meigs, and Rufus Ingalls, all directed at the Senate and the House of Representatives and supporting government aid for continuing construction of the Northern Pacific in November 1867. The single-page map is titled, "Map of North Pacific Ocean Showing Direct Lines and Distances Between Ports in Asia and America." 5) NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD. STATEMENT OF ITS RESOURCES AND MERITS, AS PRESENTED TO THE PACIFIC RAILROAD COMMITTEE OF CONGRESS.... Washington: Intelligencer Printing House, 1868. 24pp. Front wrapper bound in and inscribed "Compliments of I. Spaulding." Here, the Northern Pacific Railroad asks Congress to extend to them the same courtesy given to the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads: "bonds substantially in the form, and to a like amount per mile...as a basis of credit to enable the Company to raise the funds wherewith to construct its road with the least practical delay." 6) Ritz, Philip: LETTER UPON THE AGRICULTURAL AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE NORTH-WESTERN TERRITORIES, ON THE ROUTE OF THE NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD [wrapper title]. [Washington, D.C.: Chronicle Print, 1868]. 8pp., printed in double columns. Front wrapper bound in. Philip Ritz's important personal narrative of his own travels through the Pacific Northwest. "An important new title covering personal travels in Washington Territory, Idaho, and Montana from the first days of the gold discoveries in the latter Territory. A resident of the Northwest 'for seventeen years, and having passed over the different overland routes several times, I have from personal observation obtained much information respecting the resources, wealth, and climate of the country, and many items which have never been embodied in any report.' There follows a considerable account of the pioneer's discoveries on the northern routes, adding to the data passed down by Lewis and Clark, Stevens, and Mullan, particularly the routes from Walla Walla to Fort Benton where Ritz often went on business. He also includes information he had received from Victor, the Flathead Chief who still recalled the visit of Lewis and Clark. The author is well known for publishing at Walla Walla a famous early lithograph view of Salt Lake City" - Eberstadt. There appear to be two editions of this text, the present copy addressed on the first page "To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives" and one addressed to the editor of the WASHINGTON CHRONICLE, John W. Forney; the latter is the edition recorded by Sabin and Adams. Adams indicates the Forney edition takes priority, but no other sources concur. Not in Howes. OCLC records just two copies of this edition in institutions, at the American Antiquarian Society and Columbia. EBERSTADT 135:881. SABIN 71601 (ref). ADAMS HERD 1912 (ref). OCLC 244156499. 7) Windom, William: THE NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY; ITS EFFECTS UPON THE PUBLIC CREDIT, THE PUBLIC REVENUES, AND THE PUBLIC DEBT. SPEECH OF HON. WILLIAM WINDOM, OF MINNESOTA.... Washington, D.C.: Gibson Brothers, 1869. 60pp. Front wrapper bound in. Windom's own edition, privately printed in a very limited edition. The regular edition had twenty-four pages. An extremely important tract regarding the economics of the Northern Pacific. A marvelous sammelband of reports on the Northern Pacific Railroad, including Whitney's early call for a line, Johnson's important survey of a route, and Ritz's description of the region. Assembled by Gouverneur K. Warren and later in the library of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
(Inventory #: WRCAM55688)