New York, London, Paris: D. Van Nostrand et al, 1870. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Item #26890
iv + 137 pages + (8) pages of publishers' announcements at back (adv. pages unopened). Inscribed and signed on the front endpaper by the author, "To Prof. Andre Pory With the Compliments of the Author. Stuckle. New York Chambers Street 174 April 12, 1871" Frontispiece folding map of the Tehuantepec Railway Company's Chart of the World on Mercators Projections... dated 1868 approx. 17" x 27 1/2" overall size; and another folding map at back, "…Moro's map of the Southern Part of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Showing the line of the Ship Canal projected by him in 1843" approx. 15" x 20 3/4" overall size. Another map in the text is a "… map of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec showing the Lines of Wagon Road, Telegraph and Railroad proposed to be constructed under the La Sere grant of 1868..." with notes at the margin stating that the map indicates the revisions made by the Tehuantepec Co. & the government of Mexico, approx. 9 3/4" x 17" overall. Text contents giving the author's opinion on the necessity of an "American" canal, comparisons with Suez, advantageous locations for the American version of a passage and discussion of various proposals. Small previous ownership stamp on the title page of collector Dr. George R. Brush, U.S. Navy; served as a surgeon and medical inspector from 1861-1894 and was often in Central America and serving in the Pacific. Approx. 6" x 9 1/8" size; bound in publisher's brick-orange decoratively blind-stamped cloth, small gilt cover illustration, gilt spine titles (dulled). A little edge, tips wear to the binding; in very good condition.