Communication of Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, upon the subject of an Intercontinental Telegraph connecting the Eastern and Western Hemispheres by way of Behring's Strait. William H. Seward.
Communication of Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, upon the subject of an Intercontinental Telegraph connecting the Eastern and Western Hemispheres by way of Behring's Strait
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Communication of Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, upon the subject of an Intercontinental Telegraph connecting the Eastern and Western Hemispheres by way of Behring's Strait.

Washington, D.C: 1864.

25pp. [With:] Lithographed folding map titled "P. McD. Collins' Proposed Overland Telegraph via Behrings Strait and Asiatic Russia to Europe, under Russian & British Grants, Furnished by J.H. Colton". 12mo. Original wrappers. The folding map backed with japanese tissue, laid in Streeter sale 3527 (52-page issue, with the map); Sabin 79509 (25-page issue, without the map); Eberstadt 138-012 (without the map); Wickersham 7326 (25-page issue). Not in Lada-Mocarski. Item #321140

With the feasibility of a trans-Atlantic telegraph in question following the failure of the initial line, Californian Perry McDonogh Collins, previously the U.S. Consul to the Amur River region in Siberia, conceived the idea of running a telegraph line from San Francisco up through British Columbia, across Russian Alaska (this being prior to the American purchase) and across the Bering Strait to connect to the Russian telegraph line being extended to Siberia, and thus connecting the U.S. with Europe. Dividing the project into various land and sea-based teams, hundreds of miles were strung across the extremely harsh terrain, with nearly $3,000,000 spent, when the project ceased due to the success of the Atlantic line.

Two issues of Seward's report at the start of the project were published, a 25-page issue and a 52-page issue, the latter including various appendices with additional reports of the House. The map is based on Colton's world map and depicts both the existing and proposed lines.

Rare, with only the Streeter and Heckrotte copies with the folding map in the auction records.

Price: $1,500.00 Free International Delivery