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Pacific Railroad Surveys, c. 1855
John Mix Stanley Engravings of Birds

The Pacific Railroad Surveys included extensive investigation of wildlife along the routes studied.  Color Lithographs by John Mix Stanley 1814-1872 from the 12 volume survey report of proposed routes for the Pacific Railroad have incredible detail and beauty.  Circa 1855.
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Bird Engraving from the Pacific Railroad Survey, 1855
Birds Plate VIII
(Engraving c. 1855, from the Pacific Railroad Surveys
"U.S.P.R.R Exp. & Surveys - Cal. & Oregon")
Courtesy Alan Leson.
 

Bird Engraving from the Pacific Railroad Survey, 1855
Birds Plate IX
(Engraving c. 1855, from the Pacific Railroad Surveys
"U.S.P.R.R Exp. & Surveys - California")
Courtesy Alan Leson.
 

Bird Engraving from the Pacific Railroad Survey, 1855
Birds Plate XVIII
(Engraving c. 1855, from the Pacific Railroad Surveys
"U.S.P.R.R Exp. & Surveys - 47th & 35th Parallel")
Courtesy Alan Leson.
 

Bird Engraving from the Pacific Railroad Survey, 1855
Birds Plate XX
(Engraving c. 1855, from the Pacific Railroad Surveys
"U.S.P.R.R Exp. & Surveys - 35th Parallel")
Courtesy Alan Leson.
 

Bird Engraving from the Pacific Railroad Survey, 1855
Birds Plate XXII
(Engraving c. 1855, from the Pacific Railroad Surveys
"U.S.P.R.R Exp. & Surveys - 32nd Parallel (East)")
Courtesy Alan Leson.
 


Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, Vol. X, 1859 printing.

Birds

Wonderful antique tenth volume from the 13 volume Pacific Railroad Survey set, made under the direction of Secretary of War. Jefferson Davis, issued in a limited printing to Congress. Vol. X focuses on the zoological aspects of the various expeditions to find a railroad route from the Mississippi to the Pacific, and, as such, includes an incredible number of plates featuring relatively unknown mid-western, northwestern and western fishes, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, including 27 incredible hand-colored bird plates. The contents of Vol. X include: Parts III and IV of the General Report upon the Zoology of the Several Pacific Railroad Routes; zoological portion of Lt. Beckwith's reports on the route near the 38th and 39th parallels surveyed by Capt. Gunnison and his own survey near the 40th parallel; parts of the report by Lt. Whipple on the route near the 35th parallel; zoological portion of the report by Lt. Parke on the route near the 32nd parallel, from the Rio Grande to the Pimas Villages; part of the report by Lt. Williamson upon routes in California to connect with routes near the 35th and 32nd parallels; and part of the report by Lt. Abbot upon the routes in Oregon and California. Measures 10" by 12".

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Snake

Courtesy of House of Odin.
Courtesy House of Odin

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