"The Big Ditch": The Inside Story of the Panama Canal [Inscribed and Signed]

First Edition. Very Good. Item #5355

Los Angeles: Earl B. Thomas, 1945. First Edition. Octavo; original blue cloth tape-backed card wrappers printed mimeograph; [91]pp.; text printed from typescript throughout. Some minor wear and chipping to wrapper extremities, small paper flaw to upper cover from previously removed label not approaching text, light soil, else Very Good, internally fine, one small manuscript correction in the author's hand. Inscribed and signed by Thomas on title page "To my 'Boss' / Earl B. Thomas."

A detailed and personal self-published account of the construction of the Panama Canal based in part on a series of lectures delivered by the author during his career as a member of the engineering corps on the Panama Railroad. Seemingly no detail escaped the author, who describes both the infestations of rats and wood ants in the houses along the Isthmus, and the four "magnificent" clubhouses erected by the YMCA for the workers. One copy found in OCLC as of August, 2019, at Arizona State.

Price: $250.00