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Hall, Edward H.
THE GREAT WEST: EMIGRANTS', SETTLERS', & TRAVELLERS' GUIDE AND HAND-BOOK TO THE STATES OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON, AND THE TERRITORIES OF NEBRASKA, UTAH, COLORADO, IDAHO, MONTANA, NEVADA, WASHINGTON, AND ARIZONA [wrapper title]
New York: Tribune Office, 1864. 89pp. plus folding map. Original printed wrappers. Old catalogue description pasted to verso of front wrapper. Small chips to inner corners and top edge of front wrapper and along spine, chip in top edge of rear wrapper. Light rubbing and some discoloration to wrappers. Tideline in lower right corner of textblock. About very good. The rare first issue of Hall's first guide for emigrants coming from the Northeast, notable for providing information on the newly discovered gold regions of Idaho and Montana, and for early information on Nevada. Hall seems to have meant the book for anyone who might stop at any point along the way. There is information on stock raising and farming, but a significant amount of space is given to mineral resources and mining in each area. "This work seems to be another scissors-and-paste compilation, including articles that originally appeared in the NEW YORK TRIBUNE" - Wagner-Camp. And it may have been a growing text even while going to press, as the titlepage ends with Washington in the list of states and territories covered, but the wrapper title adds Arizona. "The guide discusses how to travel across country and how to outfit a team and wagon. Hall includes prices of goods and furnishes a table of distances. He describes the history, mines and rapidly growing towns of Nevada Territory" - Paher. "History of the Territory of Utah, Mormonism deliberately played down to make the area seem desirable" - Flake. The map depicts the transcontinental routes by railroad as far west as St. Joseph, Missouri and continui … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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