SIMMONS, William E. The Nicaragua Canal. New York and London, Harper, 1900.
8vo. Original beige cloth, lettered and illustrated in light blue and black; pp. x, 334, , portrait-frontispiece, birds-eye view from Brito Harbor to Greytown Harbor, plates after photographs; a near-fine copy.
First edition, presentation copy inscribed and signed to Senator John T. Morgan, dated 1902 on front fly-leaf. A beautiful book on the abandoned project. The idea originated as early as 1825. A massive earthquake in Martinique in 1902 which resulted in 30,000 casualties was the reason for abandoning the project.
Provenance: 'From the start, Morgan advocated an interoceanic canal in Central America to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and more than any other member of Congress, he contributed to the successful accomplishment of that enterprise. He distinguished himself as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, serving as the ranking minority member for 22 years, and as the chairman from 1893 to 1895' (senate.gov, online).