PANAMA ISTHMUS. 5 proposed canal/Rail routes. Nicaragua.TALLIS/RAPKIN 1849 map

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Isthmus of Panama'
Antique steel engraved print with decorative border, 1849
Title of map: 'Isthmus of Panama'
The image below shows an enlarged cross section from the centre of the map to show the level of printed detail. This map is folding hence the centrefold line may show on the image below:
The map indicates, in pink, five routes for "proposed railway and canal communications" connecting the Atlantic/Caribbean & Pacific oceans. Two of the proposed routes pass through Panama; two through Nicaragua, and one through present day Venezuela. The Venezuela route connects the Gulf of Darien to the Pacific mainly using existing rivers. One of the two Panama routes is close to the existing Panama Canal which was eventually opened in 1914; the other Panama route connects the Gulf of St Blas to the Bay of Panama utilising Rio Chepo. The proposed Nicaragua routes both use Lake Nicaragua, the Mosquito River & Rio San Juan. At the time of writing, construction is scheduled to start in 2016 on a Chinese financed inter-oceanic waterway through Nicaragua, utilising much of the same route - 167 years after the map was published. Vignettes: The fort at Chagre; Gold seekers on their way over the cordilleras.
DATE PRINTED: 1849    
IMAGE SIZE: Approx 26.5 x 34.5cm, 10.25 x 13.5 inches (Large); Please note that this is a folding map.
ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Map drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin; vignette illustrations drawn by H Warren & engraved by J Wrightson. Published by John Tallis & Co
PROVENANCE: "The British Colonies' their history, extent, condition and resources", by Montgomery Martin Esq. Published by John Tallis & Company, London & New York [British Colonies]
TYPE: Antique steel engraved print with decorative border
VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain
CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: The image shown may have been taken from a different example of this map than that which is offered for sale. The map you will receive is in good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition from that shown in the image which may include some light spotting. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Please contact us if you would like to arrange to view this map. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. I offer a no questions asked return policy - see below.
AUTHENTICITY:  This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. I do not offer reproductions. It is not a modern copy. The term
original' when applied to a print means that it was printed at the first or original date of publication; it does not imply that the item is unique.
Print' means any image created by applying an inked block to paper or card under pressure by any method including wood engraving, steel engraving, copperplate, wood cut and lithography.
REMARKS: FRANCE: Gravures et Cartes anciennes. DEUTSCHLAND: Alte Lankarten und Stadt ansichten. ITALIA: Stampe e Mappe antiche. ESPAÑA: Mapas antiquos y impresiones antiguas. E and OE. Force Majeure. English law shall apply.
RETURNS POLICY:   I offer a no questions returns policy. All I ask is that you pay return shipping and mail back to me in original condition, suitably packed
insured, within 14 days of receipt.

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