Books on American Canals
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  • Click on Image to expandAchenbach, Joel:  The Grand Idea George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West.  New York: Simon & Schuster, (2004). First Edition, First printing. Fine in 1/4 black and tan paper covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. A small quarto measuring 9 1/4" by 6 1/2". In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. 367 pages including an index, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with maps and a section of black and white reproductions of contemporary works of art. Washington saw the Potomac as the answer to creating less expensive canal transportation to the Ohio River area and also as the means to assure that western states stayed allied with the Union.
    TB25674  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandAungst, Dean:  The Union Canal and The Lehmans 1828-1885.  Lebanon, Penn.: Lebanon County Historical Society, 1985. . Near fine in heavy, printed paper wraps with a double stapled binding. An octavo measuring 9" by 6". Without a dust jacket as issued. 107 pages including a lengthy appendix and text. Illustrated with maps, reproductions of contemporary works of art , black and white photographs and line drawings from original plans.
    TB23936  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandBacon-Foster, Mrs. Corra:  Early Chapters In The Development Of The Patomac Route To The West.  New York: Burt Franklin, 1971. Facsimile Reprint. Fine in blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. A small octavo measuring 8" by 5" with a prior owner's name and date on the first free end page together with a crossed-out price. Without a dust jacket. 277 pages including an index and text. Reprinted from the original printing of 1912. Illustrated with facsimiles of historical documents and reproductions of contemporary works of art. A history of the Potomac River Canal consisting of three parts: The Ohio Company and Other Adventures, 1748-1774; The Patowmack Company 1784 to 1828 From Its Unpublished Records; and, Life of Colo. Charles Simms, Gentleman.
    TB23934  $20.00


  • Click on Image to expandBernstein, Peter:  Wedding of the Waters The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005. First Edition, First printing. Fine in 1/2 blue and light tan paper covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. In a fine unclipped dust a jacket. 448 pages including an index, bibliography, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with a two page map frontispiece and a section of black and white photographs of contemporary works of art.
    TB22829  $20.00


  • Bernstein, Peter:  Wedding of the Waters The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005. First Edition, First printing. VG+ in 1/2 blue and light tan paper covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine with some underlining within the first 30 pages of the text. In a very good+ unclipped dust a jacket with a small 1/8" hole about 1" above the lower edge of the rear panel. 448 pages including an index, bibliography, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with a two page map frontispiece and a section of black and white photographs of contemporary works of art.
    TB23024  $10.00


  • Click on Image to expandBourne, Russell:  Floating West The Erie and Other American Canals.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, (1992). First Edition, First printing. Fine in 1/2 dark red cloth and bright red paper covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spine. A small quarto measuring 9" by 7 1/4". In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. 232 pages including an index, bibliography, acknowledgments and text. Illustrated with two sections of contemporary works of art, maps, black and white photographs, line drawings,
    TB26638  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandChalmers, II, Harvey:  The Birth Of The Erie Canal.  New York: Bookman Associates, 1960. First Edition, First printing. Very good+ in gold cloth covered boards with black text on the spine and front board with illustrated end sheets. In a very good price clipped dust jacket with a 1" deep chip at the upper edge of the spine area which extends into the rear panel by 3/4". 195 pages of text and illustrated with one section of black and white reproductions of contemporary works of art. Written in collaboratio with John H. Flandreau.
    TB22228  $12.00


  • Condon, George:  Stars In The Water The Story Of The Erie Canal.  Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1974. Reprint of 1974. Very good+ in 1/4 light brown and tan cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and map end sheets. A small quarto measuring 9" by 6" with fading to the cloth on the spine and a prior owner's address label on the front paste down and the name written out in ink on the first free end page. Without its issued dust jacket. Signed by the author on the fly title page. 338 pages including an index, bibliography and text. Illustrated with reproductions of contemporary works of art, photographs and maps. The author relates the history of the development and construction of the Erie Canal as well as recreates life on and around the canal.
    TB23581  $30.00


  • Click on Image to expandHahn, Thomas:  Towpath Guide To The C & O Canal Georgetown (Tidelock) to Cumberland.  Sheperdstown, WV: American Canal and Transportation Center, 1988. Sixth Edition. Fine in heavy, printed, paper wraps over an adhesive binding. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" with black text on the spine and red and black text on the front panel. Without a dust jacket as issued. 226 pages of text illustrated with maps and black and white photographs.
    TB27334  $50.00


  • Click on Image to expandHahn, T. Gibson Hobbs and Robert S. Mayo, Captain Thomas:  Towpaths to Tugboats A History of American Canal Engineering.  York, Penn.: The American Canal and Transportation Center, 1998. Sixth Printing. Very good+ in heavy, printed paper wraps with a double stapled binding. A quarto measuring 8 1/2" by 11". Without a dust jacket as issued. 72 pages of text with an index and bibliography. Illustrated with maps, black and white photographs, line drawings and reproductions of contemporary works of art.
    TB23938  $12.00


  • Click on Image to expandLarkin, F. Daniel:  New York State Canals A Short History.  Fleischmanns, NY: Purple Mountain Press, 1998. Second Printing of 1999. Near fine in heavy, printed paper wraps over an adhesive binding. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 1/4". Without a dust jacket as issued. 104 pages including an index, bibliography, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with maps, reproductions of contemporary works of art and black and white photographs.
    TB23935  $10.00


  • Click on Image to expandRapp, Marvin:  Canal Water and Whiskey Tall Tales from the Erie Canal Country.  New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., (1965). First Edition. Near fine in light green cloth covered boards with black text on the spine and front board. An octavo of 8 3/16 by 5 1/2 inches with a small stain at the bottom of the front board. In a very good, price clipped dust jacket. 189 pages including an index. Illustrated with drawings by Norman Truesdale.
    TB29620  $20.00


  • Click on Image to expandShank, William:  The Canals of New York State.  York, Penn.: The American Canal and Transportation Center, 1995. Second Printing. Fine in illustrated heavy paper wraps with a double stapled binding. A small quarto measuring 11" tall by 8 1/2" deep. Without a dust jacket as issued. 60 pages of text illustrated with maps and extensive black and white photographs.
    TB23062  $15.00


  • Click on Image to expandSwanson, Leslie:  Canals of Mid-America.  Moline, Ill.: Self-published, 1964. . Very good+ in heavy, red, printed paper wraps with a double stapled binding. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 1/4". Without a dust jacket as issued. 42 pages of text. Illustrated with maps and black and white photographs of the canals of Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.
    TB23937  $15.00


  • Click on Image to expandTrout, Amy:  The Story of the Farmington Canal.  New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1995. . Very good+ in heavy, printed paper wraps over a double staple binding. A quarto measuring 11" by 8 1/2" with faint coffee or tea stains at the lower edge of the front panel. Without a dust jacket. 20 pages illustrated with maps and bland and white photographs.
    TB27342  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandWPA, :  Boats Across New England Hills The Story of The Farmington Canal.  Hartford: Connecticut State Library and the State Department of Education, 1941. First Edition. Very good+ in heavy printed paper wraps with a 1/4 orange cloth back strip on the spine over a stapled binding. A small quarto measuring 9 3/4" by 6 1/2" with very slight wear to the lower edge of the heavy paper wrapper and a minor 1/2" water spot at the upper edge of the front cover. Without a dust jacket as issued. One of the volumes in the Federal Writers' Project. 32 pages of text and illustrated with a center fold map and black and white photographs. The story of the 56 mile-long canal running between New Haven, Connecticut and Northampton, Massachusetts which was completed in 1835. It was abandoned in 1848 due to competition with steamboats on the Connecticut River and the completion of a railroad line covering the same route as the canal.
    TB29453  $125.00




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