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A Western Trip
[Detroit: [Herold Press] for private circulation only, [1904] - With PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION in ink opposite title page "Irving Drew/from/ Carl E.Schmidt/ Christmas 1904." With loosely inserted T.L.S. dated 21 December 1904, presenting this copy (with envelope). This lavishly produced record of a sporting trip to Yellowstone takes the form of the diary of Detroit industrialist a "tannery magnate" Carl Schmidt, and includes a section on fishing. Chapter 9, pp. 63-72, is entitled "A Fishing Trip." The color pictures are photochrome prints after photographs by William Henry Jackson who, as the official photographer of the Hayden Survey in the 1870s, took the first photographs of Yellowstone. The photochrome process was invented in Switzerland, and the American rights were purchased by the Detroit Publishing Company around 1895. Jackson served as a director of the newly-created Photochrom Company subsidiary, and praised the photochrome process in his memoirs as a "process hardly improved today." The black and white photographs are by members of the party First edition. 8vo. 12 mounted full-page color photographs (photochromes by the Detroit Publishing Company from negatives) by William Henry Jackson and 18 smaller mounted black and white photographs in text. 91 pp. Original dark brown russia, upper board pictorial gilt, t.e.g., fore edge uncut, done from leather from Scmidt's own tannery. Spine slightly toned, some mild foxing, offsetting from inscription. Very good copy of an uncommon sporting and Western Americana title. Streeter sale, lot 4123, vol. VII, p. 2864 (1969); Howes S-170; Eberstadt 133:975 "extremely difficult to come by."; Taylor, Traveling thru Wonderland pp. 40-41. Not in Bruns, Heller, Litchfield, Phillips, Wetzel [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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