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Webb, William Seward
California and Alaska and Over the Canadian Pacific Railway
G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1890. No. 478 of 500 copies of a special Letter-press Edition. Four india proof etchings by R.C. Minor, C.Y. Turner, J.C. Nicoll & R. Swain Gifford and eighty-eight photogravure illustrations. xix, [i], 189 pp. 1 vols. 4to. To the West Coast and Canada in Unusually High Style. A splendid volume chronicling the author's rail travels through the American and Canadian West, he and his party travelling in a special four car private train and other lavish transportation over vast stretches of superb scenery. His account is not just the usual trivia of travel, but is rich in historical details and what appears to be insider information regarding local politics and economies, not surprising given Webb's obvious influence and prosperity. There are several proof etchings pulled from the plate, and numerous photogravures, with lettered tissue guards, of the regions visited; those taken along the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway are of particular interest, showing not only the scenery but details of the often precipitious rail bed and track construction. This book was published in two editions: this larger, 4to, and a smaller format, reprinted in 1891. For this edition, no expense was spared--it is a lavish example of book-making as well as the record of a journey in a style which could not have been made by many others, even in the heyday of American Capitalism. A RICH AND FASCINATING WORK. Cowan, p. 672, listing the 2nd edition of 1891; Artic Bibliography 19208; Lowther 906; Smith 10804; Tourville 4764; Wickersham 6481 Original brown morocco, elab … [Click Below for Full Description]
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