[Various 19th century Canal Reports and Maps]

An interesting collection of 19th-century canal reports.

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This fascinating collection of material provides valuable insight into the political operations of the New York State legislature during the middle of the 19th century. Within fifteen years of the opening of the Erie Canal (1825), New York City became the busiest port in North America and it was hoped that similar infrastructure improvements would be able to replicate that success on a smaller scale. The contents include speeches, reports, financial charts, and numerous maps that detail the various developments across several decades.

Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor on the Canals of the State of New-York for 1855. Printed in Albany by C. Van Benthuysen for the New York State Legislature in 1856. 224 pages with gray paper covers and includes a large fold-out, “Map Showing Location of Reservoirs Being Constructed for Black River Canal”. It measures approximately 41.75″ x 23.5″ and is chipped in the lower-left corner where previously bound (missing section remains affixed to the booklet).
Report of the Superintendent of the North Branch Canal for the Year Ending November 30, 1855. Printed by A. Boyd Hamilton. 22 pp., lightly spotted and bound in string with blue paper wraps. 4″ vertical tear through the front and first two pages.
The Canal Contracts. Speeches of the Honorable Mr. Hatch. Text of three speeches by Edward Hatch given to the state legislature of New York in 1852. Loose, but includes original marbled covers.
Report of Samuel B. Ruggles. Printed is Albany by Comstock & Cassidy in 1863. 106 pp. with green paper wraps. Very good condition.
Annual Report of the Canal Commissioners of the State of New York. Printed in Albany by C. Van Benhuysen in 1855. 302 pp. report with orange paper wraps, moderately soiled with the back cover completely loose. Contents are generally quite good and includes three fold-outs; one map titled Location of the Erie Canal at Holley and two large charts with financial tables.
State of New York Annual Financial Report of the Auditor of the Canal Department. Printed in Albany by C. Wendell in 1866. 148 pp. with blue paper wraps and includes two large folding financial tables. Very good condition.
Reports Upon Fort Saint Philip Canal...Printed in Washington by the Government Printing Office in 1874. 114 pp. of dense text about a proposed canal at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Missing the back cover.
Steam on the Canals Report of the Commission. Printed in Albany by the Argus Company in 1872. 20 pp. text report with heavily soiled pink paper covers.
Communication from State Officers, Together with Documents, Remarks, and Opinions Relating to the Repairs of the New York State Canals. Printed in Albany by C. Wendell in 1865. 50 pp. report with yellow wraps. Contents are in good condition but the back cover is tattered and soiled.
Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor on the Canals of New York for the Year 1864. Printed in Albany by C. Wendell in 1865. Front cover is torn off, but present. 82 pp. of text are accompanied by numerous fold-outs, all of which are in good condition. Profile of the New York State Canals and Feeders is printed in blue ink, measures approximately 40.5″ x 24″, and is lightly toned along the creases. Plan of the Tree Dam across Schoharie Creek, Improved Plan of Wood Bridge with Iron Cords, and Map of Albany Basin Showing Proposed Improvements 1864 are also included.
Historical Sketch of the Middlesex Canal. Printed in Boston by Samuel N. Dickinson in 1843. 54 pp. text report bound in marbled quarter leather boards. Good to very good condition overall.
Annual Report of the Commissioners of the Canal Land with the Annual Report of the Auditor of the Canal Department. Printed in Albany by C. Van Benthuysen in 1854. 110 pp. with soiled and worn blue paper wraps. Includes two large folding charts of financial tables.
Annual Report to the Canal Commissioners of the State of New York. Printed in Albany by Comstock & Cassidy in 1863. Missing both covers. 134 pp. of text with numerous folding charts, the last of which has almost separated from the string binding.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1843 - 1872

Author: Various

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Condition: B

Condition Description: Thirteen separate items printed between 1843 and 1872, mostly focused on the development of the canal system across New York. Generally in good condition and complete, except where noted in the item description.

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