Cleveland, Ohio: Stereotyped and Printed by Harris & Fairbanks, Herald Job Office. 1854. 1st edition (Sabin 82146). 61,  pp. Adverts last 2 pages. T.p. vignette. Illustrated with 4 cuts [1 full page]. Map, p. 44. 8vo. 8-1/2" x 5-3/8". Original printed buff-paper wrappers. Vignette to front wrapper, "The Women of Erie tearing down the Bridge over State Street." [not duplicated internally]. Ex-lib, though with no external markings. Remnants of bookplate to front wrapper verso. The occasional blindstamp. Withal, a VG+ copy. Item #34534
"In December, 1853, the city of Erie and the neighboring township of Harborcreek, with the enthusiastic support of a large majority of people, tore up the tracks of the Erie and North-East Railroad, wherever they crossed or entered the city streets or the public highway. This made a seven-and-one-half mile break in the recently-completed chain of railroads from New York to Cleveland and the Midwest. The railroad repeatedly re-laid its tracks; they were as often ripped up. ... Such was the beginning of the 'War of the Gauges,' which interrupted rail traffic between New York and the West for two months, and seriously inconvenienced it for two years. ... This conflict ... was one of the most fantastic episodes in Pennsylvania history, and certainly the most exciting in Erie history."
Here offered is the first book publication to document, with individual statements & court testimony, this strife stemming ostensibly from differences regarding track width, but as is often the case, actually resulted from underlying strugges for "commercial leadership and economic advantage." [D. Kent, "The Erie War of the Gauges", Pennsylvania History, Vol. XV, No. 4, October 1948].
OCLC shows 13 institutional holdings. No copies at auction these past 30+ years. Rare in the trade.