Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Pacific Railroad Surveys

From: "Kevin Bill" kbill@ktmautomation.com, kbill2@mc.net

After cleaning out "Mother's attic," I have in my possession a copy of what seems to be Volume 4 of Lieutenant A.W. Whipple's Corp of Topographical Engineers report to the 33rd congress dated 1856. It contains many botanical illustrations as well as astronomical and climatological observations.

I ... would appreciate any information on this book and if many copies still exist.

—Kevin S. Bill

5 Comments:

Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See information about the Pacific Railroad Surveys.

These volumes are rare, but are not difficult to find. There is considerable variation in pricing. Take a look at volumes currently offered for sale to get a general idea of pricing.

4/18/2007 11:07 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: 19truck90@gmail.com
Subject: Pacific Railroad Surveys

US Pacific Railroad Surveys - Have the illustrations ever been legitimately reproduced for sale to the public? I think these works of art are quite beautiful, but I fear those for sale online are either fake – or worse – ripped from books. I'm most interested in those of Colorado – Sangre de Cristo and Spanish Peaks. I grew up in the shadow of these mountains and no art I've seen catch these mountains like the artists of the Pacific Railroad Surveys. Any place to purchase legitimately? ...

—Nancy Brown, Denver

10/27/2013 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems that all of the original illustrations were published as pages of the mid 19th century volumes which are often available for sale.

10/27/2013 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: 19truck90@gmail.com

Thank you for your prompt reply. As a writer, I hate to see books ripped apart for their illustrations. I hope whoever owns the rights to the lithographs will reproduce them someday to enlighten this technological world about the adventure of uniting this country by rail. If ever that happens, I'll be first of many in line. Thanks again.

11/03/2013 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't imagine that there is much of a demand for reproductions when the originals can be collected, but if you feel strongly about the need for reproducing these lovely historic lithographs, why don't you take this on as your own personal project?

11/03/2013 9:17 AM  

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