Chicago: Illinois Central Rail Road Office, 1858. 80pp, stitched into modern plain wrappers. Frontis maps and plate: Outline Map of Illinois; double-page map, entitled Railway Guide to the Illinois Central Railroad Lands; engraving entitled, 'Prairie Scene in Illinois.' Very Good.
"The work is, in effect, a guidebook to Illinois" [Eberstadt]. Chicago imprints had previously issued in 1855 and 1857, the 1855 offering 2,000,000 acres.
This one, as Byrd notes, contains some material not printed in those editions. The "pamphlets deal with such topics as the value of Illinois lands for farming purposes; advantages of settling in Illinois; cost of moving to Chicago; prices of products; fuel and fencing. They contain statistics of towns on the line of the road and letters from Illinois farmers giving their experiences and opinions" [Buck].
Ante-Fire Imprints 331. Byrd 2932. Buck 559. Item #38490