Item #39070 Index and Maps to Captain Palliser's Reports, showing The Date of each Journey, the Route, and the Page in which it is described in the Copies of the Reports laid before Parliament on the 19th May, 1863. [Part IV]. Exploration - British North America. [Running Title]. John PALLISER.

Index and Maps to Captain Palliser's Reports, showing The Date of each Journey, the Route, and the Page in which it is described in the Copies of the Reports laid before Parliament on the 19th May, 1863. [Part IV]. Exploration - British North America. [Running Title].

London. Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode. 1865. Soft cover. folio. 33.5cm, 3p. with 5 colour folding maps by Stanford (including the large "General Map of the routes in British North America, explored by the Expedition under Captain Palliser, during the years, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860"). Compiled from the Observations and Reports of Captain Palliser and his Officers, including the Maps constructed by Dr. Hector; and other authentic documents"., original printed blue wraps, very good to fine, rare. (cgc) Lande 1379. Not in Peel or T.P.L., or Davidson. cf. Davidson 411-413. cf. T.P.L. 3928, 4002, 4264 and Peel 217, 222, 238 for parts 1 - 3. "This folio atlas appeared as a separate publication in 1865, with the cover title: "Index and maps to Captain Palliser's reports". Almost all of the maps were engraved by John Arrowsmith. The main object of the expedition was to find a practicable railroad route across the continent and especially across the Rocky Mountains.[John Arrowsmith]. A General Map of the Routes in British North America explored by the Expedition under Captain Palliser, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860, compiled from the Observations and Reports of Captain Palliser and his Officers, including the Maps constructed by Dr. Hector, and other authentic documents. 33x 130cm, (13"x 52.5"), on 2 sheets joined, in colour. Around the middle of the 19th century, the governments of Great Britain and the Province of Canada commissioned Captain John Palliser to explore the resources of the region between Lake Superior and the Rockies to determine the area of arable land and the extent of the forest, to study the flora and fauna, to prospect for coal and other minerals, to provide geological and climatic data, and to analyse the feasibility of constructing a railway line to the Pacific Ocean entirely through British territory. His report provided the first accurate and objective information on the west. John Arrowsmith produced most of the work on the maps, however, seen as proceeding to slowly the work was transfered to Stanford's Geographical Establishment and Arrowsmith is not credited on the maps. He expressed doubt about the feasibility of the railway because of the extreme difficult encounters between the head of Lake Superior (now Thunder Bay) to the Red River and also about building a railway through the Rockies because of the enormous costs involved. While Palliser was exploring for Britain, the Canadian government sent its own team to explore the West: the expedition of George Gladman in 1857 and those of Henry Youle Hind (see "Hind"above) and Simon James Dawson in 1858; all contributed much to the knowledge of the Prairies. Palliser, John (1807-1887), was born in Waterford County, Ireland. In 1847 he set out on a hunting expedition in north-western America and later described his experiences in a lively account entitled Solitary Rambles and Adventures of a Hunter in the Prairies. London, 1853. Item #39070

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