Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Pacific Railroad Surveys

From: "Kevin Bill",

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


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...

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...


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  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Jim Jeffery"

Wow what a resource you are and I’m sure you will appreciate this ‘correction’. I have a person copy of the Vol V Pacific RR Survey that you quote for the source of this document. The date on mine and still in the volume is 1855. Now I also have out of the book an 1853, which one has to be VERY CAREFUL to read as the ‘the second five (not)’ is a three. I can compare them side by side. Please check your bound hard copy and let me know what you think. Glad to help clarify this. Please see attached 1853 :) ...

—Jim Jeffery

Geological Map of a part of the State of California Explored in 1853 by Lieut. R. S. Williamson U. S. Top. Engr. Prepared to accompany the report of William P. Blake Geologist of the Expedition. From Volume V of the Pacific Railroad Surveys, [1855]. Delicate hand-coloring and patterns on this 22" x 16" lithographic map define the various geological regions of the state, primarily in the region from just northeast of San Francisco south to San Diego. Courtesy Andrea Woolfolk, Elkhorn Slough Foundation and, Steve Armistead, Deja View Antique Maps and Prints .

7/04/2019 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Volume V map's caption on the CPRR Museum page says both "1853" which matches what is shown on your image, but also says "From Volume V of the Pacific Railroad Surveys, [1855]." Not having access to the physical volume from which whoever wrote that quoted caption determined "1855" it is hard to be sure. Those Pacific Railroad Surveys were published at least three times, in a physically smaller early set, and later in the larger size volumes by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. So their Volume V could have been published in a later year than an included 1853 map.

7/05/2019 7:14 AM  

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