Firenze: Pineider e Smorti Litografi-Editori.
Undated, but ca. 1872. Accordion-folded, color-lithographed map in 29 panels, unfolding to an impressive 14 feet, 8 inches (450 cm) in length. Folded into cloth-backed boards (6.5 x 10.25 inches, oblong), with mounted paper labels printed in red and blue. Lithographed view of the town Susa on front pastedown and city of Torino on rear Light rubbing to boards, occasional very light foxing; very good.
This lovely panoramic map follows the 64-mile railroad route between Modene, France and Turin, Italy via the Fréjus Rail Tunnel, which runs 8.5 miles and opened to traffic in September 1871. The rear cover features an illustration of two men working a pneumatic drilling machine--a recent technical innovation that made it possible to complete the tunnel in 14 years, rather than 25, as originally planned. The map shows details of topography as the railroad winds its way through the mountains, loosely following the path of the Dora Riparia River. Along the margins are 25 small lithographed views of villages, train stations, bridges, and sights along the route.