Report of Explorations Across the Great Basin of the Territory of Utah for a Direct Wagon-Route from Camp Floyd to Genoa, in Carson Valley, in 1859
Place Published: Washington
Publisher: Government Printing Office
Date Published: 1876
Book Id: 35057
518pp. Quarto [30.5 cm] Professionally rebound in sturdy green cloth with a paper title label mounted to the spine. New endsheets and flyleaves. Very good. Ex-library. Missing the large folding map and Plates C, D and E. There are library stamps on the edges of the text block, and there is a library label at the foot of the spine, and there are very sporadic library markings on the pages. The original front flyleaf has a contemporary gift inscription. There is a skillful 2 inch long tissue repair to this page as well. The title page has 6 very faint thin marks. Occasional marginalia and underlining. Tape repairs and small closed and open tears in the margins of the pages and plates here and there. The longest tape repair is 4 inches long. There is a loss from Plate I that measures roughly 1 inch in diameter, and obscures a small portion of the text and illustration. Light offsetting from the illustrations. The book is sturdy.
According to Howes "This route, explored in 1859, shortened the distance to California by 250 miles; it was adopted by the overland mail, pony express and telegraph. The report was submitted in 1861, but publication had to be deferred because of the Civil War. Portions however appeared in the author's The Shortest Route to California." Howes S508. Moffat 57 & 59. Wagner/Camp 345 note.