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New York Central Station, Garrison, N.Y.
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New York Central Station, Garrison, N.Y.

By Forson Bros. [Postcard]

Forson Brothers, 1906. A little dusty but very good overall. The postcard view centers on the stone station building, presently the Depot Theater. In the distance appears to be a south bound train. It shows 23 Garrison Landing (the Prescott's) and the side of the Art Center, with an absence of trees. Black & white postcard published by the Forson Brothers, who operated a store at Garrison Landing in the early 1900s, in the building now occupied by the Garrison Art Center. 3.5 x 5.5". Full back card posted Oct. 24, 1906 with cancellations for Garrison & Cold Spring with 1 cent stamp. Addressed to Miss Helen Mosher in Cold Spring, from "Sydney," with small line of greeting on the front.

$35.00

"Abstract of the Title of the Long Island Improvement Co. Limited to a Tract of 2442 Acres of Land at Medford, L. I." with Manuscript hand colored map
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"Abstract of the Title of the Long Island Improvement Co. Limited to a Tract of 2442 Acres of Land at Medford, L. I." with Manuscript hand colored map

By [Corbin, Austin; John A. Bowman; Long Island Rail Road Company]

Riverhead, New York, 1885. Hardcover. Very good condition. The original manuscript title to a very large tract of land near Brookhaven Long Island acquired by John A. Bowman from the individual proprietors and conveyed here by Bowman in its entirety to the Long Island Improvement Company Ltd. The Long Island Improvement Company was formed by Austin Corbin, then president of the L. I. Rail Road and others in 1881. Corbin sought the land in order to develop expensive summer residences on Long Island; Bowman was acting as Corbin's agent in the acquisition of this valuable property. Austin Corbin (1827 - 1896) was an American railroad executive, plantation owner, resort operator, banker and robber baron. In Iowa, as a bank president, he engaged in mortgage scams. Later, through theft and corruption he consolidated the individual rail lines into the profitable Long Island Rail Road. He was widely despised in his day: Puck (Sept 1882) printed a caricature in which Corbin appears at a Louis XIV styled party, where he carouses with Jay Gould and other robber barons. The Abstract, a bound sml. folio volume, records that Bowman paid $5 per acre for most of the parcels in 1882, then conveyed (January of 1883) the incalculably valuable entire tract to the LI Improvement Co for $1. The Abstract volume concludes with the Suffolk County embossed seal and is signed by the Clerk at Riverhead, 1st June 1885. It includes the ownership history of each parcel, as well as a history of the town of Brookhaven from its founding. The Abstract volume is accompanied by the original hand colored manuscript map on architectural vellum of the entire tract with silk ribbon binding, showing the 25 property owner names and parcel sizes. Surveys were conducted by Justus Roe. The map is titled, "Map of Property of the Long Island Improvement Company (Limited) at Medford LI". The scale is 300 feet to the inch. The northern boundary of the tract shows the Brewster Terry Property and Horse Block Road; the western edge defined by Tunnel and Progues Road and the Austin Roe and Daniel Gerard property; the southern boundary with Georgianna Rider property and Canaan and Medford Roads; the eastern boundary with the Robinson property and Lime Road. The Long Island RR can be seen running from east to west at approximately one third of the way through the tract at the north side. The map signed in ink at the lower right corner, E. H. H. Forder. The Abstract bound in full gilt tan leather, 9 x 14 3/4", attorney's name stamped in gilt at lower corner, James Armstrong, Attny 115 B'Way, N. Y. Boards slightly rubbed; front board detached but present. Pages very bright and clean. The map 67 x 44", a few short splits at folds, but very bright and clean, in very good + condition. A remarkable record of Long Island land speculation in the late 1880s.

$4500.00

Rhymes of The Rockies or What The Poets Have To Say of The Beautiful Scenery on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
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Rhymes of The Rockies or What The Poets Have To Say of The Beautiful Scenery on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad

By Hooper, S.

Chicago: Poole Bros., 1898. Wraps. Very good + condition. Profusely illustrated guide with descriptions of sites and poems, including Manitou, Cheyenne Canon, Veta Pass, Sierra Blanca, Wagon Wheel Gap, Toltec Gorge, Royal Gorge, and Fremont & Marshall Pass. 8vo, 64 pp, printed b&w photographic illustrations, maps. Buff printed paper wrappers, title at front wrapper printed in elaborate type font, rear wrapper pictorial. Minor chip top of spine; bright and clean copy.

$75.00

Itinerary of the "Denver Special" to the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association at Denver, Colorado, June 7th - 10th 1898
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Itinerary of the "Denver Special" to the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association at Denver, Colorado, June 7th - 10th 1898

By Wabash Railroad; Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway

American Medical Association, 1898. Wraps. Very good + condition. Unrecorded guide to the railway trip (and preliminary program) for the 1898 American Medical Association meeting in Denver by way of the Wabash Railroad (St. Louis to Kansas City), and the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway (Kansas City to Denver). The guide includes description of the train accommodations (round trip fare St. Louis to Denver $26.50), special cars, the train schedule (with illustration of the new Union Station in St. Louis), a preliminary program of meeting events, and points of interest including the trans Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha. Oblong 8vo (10 x 7"), 26pp. Printed pictorial paper wrappers, with route of Denver Special at rear wrapper. Front wrapper faintly dusty; bright and clean copy.

$225.00

What May Be Seen Crossing the Rockies En Route Between Ogden, Salt Lake City and Denver on the Line Rio Grande Western Railway
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What May Be Seen Crossing the Rockies En Route Between Ogden, Salt Lake City and Denver on the Line Rio Grande Western Railway

By Dodge, D. C.

Salt Lake City: Rio Grande Western Railway, 1898. Wraps. Very good condition. Brochure describing the important sites on the Rio Grande Western Railway route, the "Great Salt Lake Route", including Ogden and Salt Lake City (image of Mormon Temple, views of Salt Lake City), Castle Gate and Grand Junction. Also the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad (standard gauge) from Grand Junction to Denver; and (narrow gauge) from Unaweep to Castle Rock. 12mo, 45pp, a blank page for notes, printed b&w photographic illustrations. Printed pictorial wrappers, with title in red. Staple bound, bright and clean copy.

$75.00

Utah.  A Peep into a Mountain Walled Treasury of the Gods
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Utah. A Peep into a Mountain Walled Treasury of the Gods

Buffalo, NY: Matthews Northrup Co, 1895. Wraps. Very good condition. Profusely illustrated guide, with much information on the Utah climate, agriculture, mining and "amazing mineral wealth", map of Rio Grande Western Railway route and description of cities from Ogden Utah to Denver, and the Great Salt Lake and Mormons. Elaborately designed monochrome printed photographic illustrations throughout. 8vo, 96pp. Pale green gilt decorated wrappers, printed in red and gilt. Some light cracking at spine; bright and clean copy. OCLC: 4817120.

$75.00

Around the Circle.  One Thousand Miles through the Rocky Mountains, Being a Descriptive of a Trip among Peaks, over Passes, and through Canons of Colorado. Travel guide
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Around the Circle. One Thousand Miles through the Rocky Mountains, Being a Descriptive of a Trip among Peaks, over Passes, and through Canons of Colorado. Travel guide

By Denver & Rio Grande R. R.

Denver, Colorado: Denver & Rio Grande R. R., 1896. Wraps. Very good + condition. Profusely illustrated Rocky Mountain travel guide, with points of interest, list of health and pleasure resorts, list of Colorado mountain peaks and passes, elevation of lakes, altitudes of towns and cities, illustrated with full page photographic picture or map on verso of each page. 8vo, 56 pp, printed b&w photographic illustrations throughout, maps. Green pictorial wrappers, printed in green and brown. Faint mark top of front wrapper, very small chip lower edge rear wrapper; bright and clean copy.

$75.00

Australia Calls You to Sunshine, Freedom and Prosperity.  A Tourists' Paradise
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Australia Calls You to Sunshine, Freedom and Prosperity. A Tourists' Paradise

Sydney: Australian Railways Commissioners, 1925. Very good condition. Prospectus with beautifully illustrated 1920s color wrappers, with illustrations of Canberra and Sydney Bridge, both under construction. Front wrapper signed Smith & Julius Studios, and depicting a bathing beauty with pale yellow parasol at the beach on one panel, and the snow clad "Alps". The verso with a double panel color illustration featuring a map of Australia with a young couple on the deck of a ship & signed Allan M. Lewis. The Railways Commissioners produced this brochure after a trip abroad by the Prime Minister, Mr. Bruce. The first 50,000 copies were sent to the High Commissioner at Australia House, London, for distribution at the closing of the Imperial Exhibition at Wembley. B&w map inside front wrapper showing the railway systems of the Commonwealth. Text with b&w photographic illustrations throughout. Includes tables on wool and mineral production; agriculture; transcontinental railway travel; and information on each of the states. 4to, 63 pp, ills., maps. Small nicks top & bottom edge wrappers. Trove 4840858, at Deakin University, Monash University and the NLA.

$145.00

Atlantic Coast Line RR, 1918 signed & stamped ticket, with original envelope
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Atlantic Coast Line RR, 1918 signed & stamped ticket, with original envelope

Wilmington, North Carolina, 1918. Very good condition. A signed and stamped ticket, with the cancellation stamp of the ACL RR Co, dated February 28, 1918. Signed by the passenger L. Emily Hart, and the ticket seller. Emily Hart is designated as a white woman with single hole punch next to the printed term "white". Hart's race is indicated because this was the era of segregation on railroads, based on the 1890 Louisiana Separate Car Act. The printed ticket folds in half, with original mileage coupons still attached. Printed with purple borders, 2 1/2 x 10". The original envelope printed with the logo of the railroad on the verso; address line blank at front of envelope, and the tag line "Atlantic Coast Line, the Standard Railroad of the South". The mileage coupons slightly ruffled at fold. 5 3/4 x 3 1/2"

$125.00

Great Western Railway Time Table, 1877.  Canadian railway which served US northeast.  Broadside
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Great Western Railway Time Table, 1877. Canadian railway which served US northeast. Broadside

Hamilton, Ontario: Times Printing Co, 1877. Good + condition. Large imposing broadside printed in a variety of type fonts, for the historic Canadian railway, the first to be chartered in the province of Canada West (today Ontario) in 1834. From Monday, 14th May, 1877 Until Further Notice. Includes the Toronto Line and US stops (New York, Boston, Albany, Buffalo, Suspension Bridge (over Niagara Falls), Detroit and Chicago). Schedules printed for the Loop Line; Toronto Line; Wellington, Grey & Bruce Division; W. G. & B. South Extension; London, Huron & Bruce Division; London and Port Stanley Division; and Sarnia Division. The Superintendent is Chas. Stiff; F. Broughton, General Manager. Frederick Broughton severely cut costs at the railroad as a result of the 1873 financial crash; he was feared and hated within the company, but managed to turn the Great Western into one of the best run railways of North America. At its peak the Great Western system covered 852 miles, with its main operating base in Hamilton. The GWR's role as a bridge line between the New York Central and Michigan Central Railroads was highly profitable. Large printed sheet, 17 1/2 x 25 1/2". Top edge chipped, period folds flattened, some period pencil calculations at left margin. OCLC: 1007494327 records a copy at Library & Archives Canada.

$450.00

North of the Arctic Circle:  White Pass and Yukon Route
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North of the Arctic Circle: White Pass and Yukon Route

By [Arctic; Alaska]

Chicago/Seattle/Vancouver: Yukon River Circle Tour, 1939. Pamphlet. Very good condition. Numerous photos and rather detailed text, this is a small 3 1/2" x 6" 39 page promotional booklet that was given to travelers on a tour of Northern Alaska--1358 miles by river steamer and 581 miles by railroad, much of it along the Yukon River through Tanana, Fort Yukon, Eagle and Dawson. Numerous page photos, many full page, plus a map of the route on the rear cover, 39pp.

$35.00

The Storied Northwest. Explored by Lewis and Clark in 1804-6 and developed by the Northern Pacific Railway
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The Storied Northwest. Explored by Lewis and Clark in 1804-6 and developed by the Northern Pacific Railway

By [Railroad] Northern Pacific Railway

St. Paul, (MN), 1922. Pamphlet. Very good condition. A pamphlet describing Lewis and Clark's progress through the north western states and how the Northern Pacific Railway follows their path. Staple bound, red paper cover with image of a statue of Sacagawea originally unveiled at the Lewis and Clark exhibition in 1905 on front. 7.5 x 4", 24 unnumbered pages, staplebound, b&w photographs and decoration on every page plus map with Lewis & Clark's route printed in red, rail route in black. OCLC: 80911832.

$75.00

To the Lake Resorts and Beyond via the Wabash
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To the Lake Resorts and Beyond via the Wabash

By [Railroad] Wabash Railroad Passenger Department

St. Louis, Missouri, 1898. Wraps. Very good condition. A guide book aimed at the summer tourist inclined to visit the resorts around the Great Lakes on the Wabash Railroad's expanded "Cool Northern Route" Detroit, Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Starting in Detroit and ending in Quebec, the book describes cities en route, particular resorts and hotels: Mt. Clemens, St.Clair Springs, Port Huron, Hotel Windermere, and many more. 8 3/4 x 5 3/4", 100pp, b&w ills, staplebound. White illustrated card covers with a sailboat on front, map on verso. Front cover slt sunned, one corner creased, internally clean and bright.

$105.00

'Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works,  Paterson, New Jersey.'  Large Albumen photograph on printed card, of a St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway Company Engine
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'Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works, Paterson, New Jersey.' Large Albumen photograph on printed card, of a St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway Company Engine

By [Photography; John Reid; Railroad]

Paterson NJ, 1887. An imposing photograph of a Mogul Locomotive made by the Rogers Locomotive Company, laid onto a printed broadside. The photograph measures 28 3/4 x 13", the broadside, 32 x 18". Rogers Locomotive was an important New Jersey maker of railroad steam locomotives founded in 1832, whose most famous engine was "The General". This locomotive was built in 1855 and was one of the principals of the "Great Locomotive Chase", an April 1862 military raid in Georgia in which Union volunteers commandeered "The General" and used it to damage the vital rail line between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Below the image at the left is "J. Reid, Photographist". John Reid (1835 - 1911) was a noted local photographer who specialized in stereoscopic views and large format outdoor photography, especially pictures of locomotives. Reid was commissioned by Rogers to produce images of trains for promotional purposes. He used Scovill's view boxes made by the American Optical Company with Morrison wide aperture lenses, and Scovill's pearl paper for printing. Reid printed his own pictures and relied on his own emulsion, a superior one which wasn't subject to the rapid deterioration common in photographs of the time. Reid exhibited at Philadelphia's Centennial Exhibition in 1876, and received medals at the Paris Exposition (1878) and Chicago's Columbian Exhibition (1893). The broadside can be dated 1887 because Reuben Wells was appointed shop superintendent in that year; his name is stamped below the other printed printed names below the image, which read "J. S. Rogers, Pres., Reuben Wells, Supt. and R. S. Hughes, Treasurer 44 Exchange Place, New York". The locomotive in the albumen photograph is marked "St. P. M. & M." and is numbered 324. This was the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway Company which was organized in 1879. Small paper fault at the lower center, otherwise very good + condition.

$2200.00

Führer auf der Gotthardbahn und deren Zufahrtslinien

By Koch von Berneck, M.

Zurich: Verlag Caesar Schmidt, 1882. First printing. Hardcover. Good + overall. Travel guide for the first year of operation of the full line of the Gottard Railway, the Swiss line which crosses northern Switzerland to the canton of Ticino, part of the important international railway system linking northern and southern Europe. Construction began in 1872; 1882 was the first year for the full line following the completion of the Gottard Tunnel, the world's longest rail tunnel at the time. Many beautiful woodcut illustrations of resorts including Davos. Small 8vo, 117pp, plates, advertisements [36]pp, attractive folding color map of the Gotthard Railway line. Original half cloth and pink stiff boards. Deaccessed from the library of the Glenclyffe, NY monastery, with their stamp at the title page, number lettered at front board, and card sleeve inside rear cover. Spine cracked and chipped, boards dusty; internally very good.

$80.00

Autograph letter signed from the agent of the New York Iron Bridge Co., to George W. Strong of Rutland Vermont, who was involved with the Rutland and Washington Railroad Company
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Autograph letter signed from the agent of the New York Iron Bridge Co., to George W. Strong of Rutland Vermont, who was involved with the Rutland and Washington Railroad Company

By New York Iron Bridge Co

New York, 1850. Very good overall. An interesting letter detailing the negotiation over wooden vs. iron railroad bridges. In this letter addressed to Strong, M. M. White, agent of the New York Iron Bridge Co., seeking to persuade the Vermont railroad to eschew a wooden bridge and setting out advantageous terms for purchasing an iron bridge. Strong was "liable as endorser on paper for the Rutland and Washington Railroad Company, which subsequently failed, to an amount considerable exceeding all his property." He was sued in the Supreme Court of Vermont lter in the 1850s and looks to have been bankrupted, losing his real estate, marble quarry share, etc. (See "Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Vermont, vol. 42, Montpelier Vt, 1870, by Wheelock Veazey, a Vermont Civil War hero. Letter written on blue laid paper, 4pp, 8 x 10 1/4",written on 1pp, docketed on the verso, with period folds. A small raised oval in the top left corner, unreadable by this cataloguer. Verso a little marked, a little creased.

$95.00

Map of a part of the Robinson Estate situated at Sing-Sing, Westchester Co., N.Y.  To be Sold at Auction on the Premises by Gerard & Betts. on Wednesday 5th May 1852..
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Map of a part of the Robinson Estate situated at Sing-Sing, Westchester Co., N.Y. To be Sold at Auction on the Premises by Gerard & Betts. on Wednesday 5th May 1852..

By [Ossining, N.Y.; Smith Robinso House]

New York: Nesbitt & Co, Wall St, 1852. Auction map for the sale of the historic A. E. Robinson estate, located in current day Ossining (then Sing Sing) between State Street in the east, the Hudson River in the west, Orchard Street in the south, and Main Street in the north. World Cat locates no copy of this map; not recorded in the Library of Congress or the David Rumsey Map Collection. The mansion, known as the Smith Robinson House, still exists today at 34 State Street in Ossining. The mansion was built in the 1840s by local business man James Smith, and was later purchased by James Robinson another Sing Sing wealthy landowner. The map shows Lot No. 1 with a lovely little illustration of the mansion's facade labeled "Mansion of White Marble, 50 x 50 ft", on 2 1/2 acres, with lot No. 2 on 1 3/4 acres boasting a gardener's house, coach house (both illustrated), poultry house, stable yard and a lovely wooded area behind, "Shady Grove". There are 14 numbered lots in all, with Hunter Street running behind lots 1 & 2, and "Land of the Late James Smith" shown south of lot 12. Going west toward the Hudson, are lots 12 to 14, with lots 13 &14 adjacent to the Hudson River RR site to the west and the Purdy lot to the north. The Robinson mansion was clad in marble quarried from Sing Sing prison, and boasted 24 rooms, with an attic and an observatory. The parlors on the north side of the house were 50 feet long, with sliding mahogany doors, and the main hall was 12 to 15 feet wide presumably to accommodate the wide hoop skirts of the well to do ladies of the day. The subtitle of the map continues: "The splendid marble mansion with Coach House, Gardener's House & c. & c. & c. and from 2 1/2 to 5 acres of land attached. Also several building lots of various sizes, from 1/4 to 1 acre each, all commanding fine views of the Hudson River and surrounding country, and within 5 minutes walk of the Steam Boat Landing & Rail Road Depot. Also a fine dock, Brick Store, Store House & Coal & Lumber Yard & c." 19 1/2 x 16". Trimmed close at the left edge, laid down on heavier stock, period folds flattened, minor cracks at a few folds.

$850.00

Orations and After-Dinner Speeches

By Depew, Chauncey

New York: Cassell, 1896. Hardcover. Very good condition. Speeches made by president of the New York Central Railroad System, and US Senator from New York from 1899 to 1911. 8vo, viii, 537pp, teg. Olive gilt cloth, gilt bright and clean.

$25.00

Life and Later Speeches

By Depew, Chauncey

New York: Cassell, 1894. Hardcover. Very good condition. Speeches made by president of the New York Central Railroad System, and US Senator from New York from 1899 to 1911. 8vo, viii, 537pp, teg. Olive gilt cloth, gilt bright and clean.

$25.00

Lawrence Machine Shop.  Advertising Broadside
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Lawrence Machine Shop. Advertising Broadside

By Bradford, L. H.

Lawrence Mass, 1850. A poster size chromolithographic broadside featuring a large passenger locomotive, and two vignettes, including a view of the Lawrence Machine Shop Works where the engine was made, and the second vignette of scattered houses in the distance. Colored advertising print depicting a passenger engine named the Abbott Lawrence. Above the main image are two vignettes. Image size 30 1/2 x 19 1/2". A clean tear at the base. In a 1960s wood frame. OCLC: 900280507, the American Textile History Museum, Boston Athenaeum and the Smithsonian are the 3 copies we have found. Laid down with some long closed tears and a bit tanned. Lower right corner in facsimile.

$750.00

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