Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874. 1st edition. 263 pp of text. 14 full-page chromolithographs. 17 fold-out plates at rear. 4to. Original publisher's brown cloth boards with modern respining; gilt stamped lettering to spine & boards. Ex-lib, with stamps to eps. A VG copy. Item #30929
Even in the 1870s, the US was thinking of a canal, with an initial survey here documented- Panama was selected, though not necessarily because it was the better site. For more information, and a good general account of the making of the Canal, read David McCullough's THE PATH BETWEEN THE SEAS.