New York: Wittemann Brothers, 1882. Hardcover. Near fine. 3.25" x 5", oblong, embossed red boards stamped in gilt. Accordion-folded view book, with 20 photo-lithographic views on 20 panels, as well as a separate five-panel insert at the rear advertising more than 100 souvenir albums sold by Wittemann Brothers that were made using Louis Glaser's process. Glaser used multiple stones to achieve "a varnished look that creates greater illusion of depth than a simple lithograph or toned lithograph" (Ron Tyler, unpublished work on 19th century lithographs). A price is given for each book, and a final page offers favorable reviews. The Boston Herald proclaims one book "a perfect marvel for the fidelity with which the artist has copied the city and its surroundings as they are, and may be regarded as the greatest triumph of the photographic art that has ever been achieved." Scenes include a four-panel panorama of the city, Canal Street, the Levee, New Cotton Exchange, Custom House, Charity Hospital, Jackson Square, St. Charles Hotel, Old French Market, Spanish Fort, etc.
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New York: A. Wittemann, 1888. Hardcover. Fine. 5" x 7.25", oblong. String-tied red pictorial boards. 22 leaves, including half-title and title page, one page of descriptive text, and 19 pages of collotype views (printed rectos only), some with several images to a page. The text provides a brief history of Lake George and its role in the French and Indian War as well as a physical description of the lake and its many islands "which have rendered it sacred to the lover of out-door life and the picturesque." Views include Caldwell Depot and Steamboat Landing, Fort William Henry Hotel, Fort George Hotel, Trout Pavilion, Sheldon House, Katskill House, Hundred Island House, Paradise Bay, The Narrows, Hulett's Landing, and others. Not found in OCLC.
Black cloth album, 7" x 10", oblong, with 95 photographs tipped in. Image size ranges from 3.25" x 4.25" to 4.25" x 6.25". A few pages with photographs missing, otherwise very good. Frank Ferguson Bluff was a skilled amateur photographer, having worked for seven years in the finishing department of a photographic studio as a young man. He made his living as head of the Toledo Artificial Limb Company, but clearly had an ongoing interest in photography, and a number of the images are quite striking. Each image is captioned by hand, and an additional manuscript list of the subjects is laid in. Subject matter includes outdoor scenes around Toledo (Museum of Art, Ottawa Park, Toledo State Hospital Grounds, Central Grove Park, Walbridge Park, Toledo Beach); a few family portraits, scenes from Belle Isle (Casino Building, Floral Flag, Conservatory); and many close-up images of flowers and plants (some taken in a studio), apparently a favorite subject. Of particular interest are a series of eight photos capturing preparations for the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus and a series of seven showing floats and participants in the Agricultural and Industrial Parade at Adrian, Michigan.
Buffalo, NY: E.H. Hutchinson, 1889. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 87 pp, in original printed wrappers. Mild soiling. The author was an attorney and Principal of the Buffalo Classical School. He traveled to Oregon, Washington, Alaska (primarily Sitka), and British Columbia in 1888, reporting back in a series of articles for his local newspaper, the Commercial Advertiser. This is their first appearance in book form. Includes interesting letters on indigenous crafts in Alaska, the Russian population in the Sitka area, and the Sitka mission, along with sketches of Portland, Astoria, and the Puget Sound region. Tourville 658; Wickersham 1987; Not in Smith or Arctic Bibliography.
Boston and New York: Lee and Shepard and Charles T. Dillingham, 1884. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. pp. ix, 258 + ads. 5" x 7". Brown pictorial cloth. Corners bumped, hinges starting, otherwise sound and clean. Leighton had lived on the Pacific coast for sixteen years before writing this book, which aims to "indicate something of its characteristic features and attractions, more especially those of the Puget Sound region," which is "unmarred as yet by any human interference...[and] presents an endless field for observation and enjoyment," and potential for "vigorous growth and development and a brilliant and substantial future." Tweney #43; Smith 5817.
Kansas City: Fred Harvey, 1902. Second edition (first published 1900). 4 pp text, 34 pp plates from photographs. 9 x 11 in., oblong. Blue cloth with mounted illustration on front board. Light rubbing and soiling. Peabody (1855-1951) was a prolific commercial photographer. In 1898 he accepted a position with the Detroit Publishing Company, the largest postcard publisher in the United States. Famed landscape photographer and company founder William Henry Jackson selected Peabody for this position because of the high regard in which he held Peabody's outdoor work. Peabody served as field photographer on both the east and west coasts from 1900-1908, but his primary interest was the landscape of the American West. This album includes views from O'Neill Point, Bright Angel Trail, Grand View Trail, Bissel Point, and Moran Point. Most are landscapes, but there are also images of tourists and Havasupi Indians. Farquhar 124.
Chicago: R.B. Mitchell, 1883. Softcover. Good. 6 x 9 in, 84 pp, in original sewn wrappers. Front cover illustrated in color with image of the yard-owner's residence; text illustrated with 28 woodcuts of different breeds of chickens, as well as ads for poultry-related publications and products. Some soiling, spine partially perished, back cover detached but present, internally a few stray pencil marks, otherwise quite clean. Detailed text describes the property and the design of the poultry houses, methods of feeding, disease management, financial benefits of raising fowl, price list, shipping details, and testimonials ("I think that your location is elegant and particularly adapted to poultry raising. I think your poultry houses are the neatest, cheapest, and by far the most convenient I ever saw. Your flock contains many beauties of high excellence."). Back cover illustrated with a caricature of an African-American boy captioned "Injured Innocence," and underneath: "I hain't seen nuffin of yer chickens: Do you took me for a thief? Do you see any chickens 'bout me? Go 'way dar, white man. Treat a boy 'spectable if he am brack!"
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1870. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 41st Congress, 2d Session, House of Representative Ex. Doc. No. 207. 805 pp. Index, many engraved illustrations, three folding plates. Original black cloth. Spine faded, binding sound, text clean, but with a sliight musty odor. Raymond (1840-1918) was an accomplished mining engineer who in 1868 was appointed United States Commissioner of Mines and Mining Statistics in and West of the Rocky Mountains. He explored much of the west in this capacity, and in this book reviewed the condition of the mining industry (with sections on California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, further broken down by county), as well as offering detailed discussion of mining law, mineral deposits, metallurgical processes, and mining apparatus (broken into sections on hydraulic mining, boring and excavating by machinery, transportation and ventilation, etc).
New York and London: R. H. Russell and Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Oblong folio, 2 pp text and 61 plates. Cloth-backed pictorial boards, top edge gilt. Mild abrasion to cloth, light soiling to boards (less than usually found), marginal foxing to a few plates. Wister writes in the preface "I have stood before many paintings of the West. Paintings of mountains, paintings of buffalo, paintings of Indians--the whole mystic and heroic pageant of our American soil....Long before my eyes looked upon its beautiful domain, I studied the paintings; but when Remington came with only a pencil, I forgot the rest!" Howes R-205, Graff 3457.
London: 1756. Hardcover. Near Fine. Fourth edition of letters One (56 pp), Two (56 pp), and Three (64 pp); second edition of letter Four (111 pp). All printed in 1756, bound together in modern brown cloth stamped in gilt on the spine. Mild scattered foxing, overall very clean and sound. The first four in a series of seven scathing pamphlets by Shebbeare (Tory political satirist, 1709-1788) on a variety of issues. The first and fourth letters are of particular American interest, as they address British actions and policies during the French and Indian War. The first letter blames Braddock's failed expedition to capture Fort Duquesne in 1755 on the influence of a wealthy Quaker landowner, who urged the British ministry to undertake the expedition because he feared for his property, and who caused the expedition to be provisioned in and launched from Virginia rather than Pennsylvania (which had more resources). The fourth letter attacks the British Ministry for making concessions and allowing French territorial encroachments. The second and third letters relate more generally to British foreign policy and finances, including some references to the American colonies. Howes S369, S368. Sabin 80052, 80056, 80061.
Troy, NY: A.W. Scribner & Co., 1854. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 28 pp, in original sewn wrappers. 5.5" x 9". Signature on front cover, old folding crease. The Arctic, a 2850-ton transatlantic liner of the Collins Line (New York & Liverpool United States' Mail Steamship Company), sank off Cape Race, Newfoundland on September 27, 1854, after a collision with a French ship in the fog. Nearly 400 people died, including all women and children on board. The news hit the American public especially hard because the Arctic was known for its luxury and speed and regarded as a symbol of national glory. As with most sudden disasters of the era, the shipwreck offered an occasion for preachers to remind their flocks of the fleeting nature of life and urge them to prepare themselves, in the words of Rev. Smalley, "to have their ties to this world broken forever." He describes the fine qualities of the ship: "timbered so thickly as to appear as one solid mass of oak; ribbed and stayed with iron and copper, every resources exhausted to secure strength" as well as her brave and accomplished passengers (among them noted British archaeologist Frederick Catherwood), "happy voyagers" who little suspected "the peril just under the bow." After recounting the wreck in dramatic detail ("the waters leap in through the ravaged orifice, as though the ocean were hungry for his prey"), he asks "shall not the lessons taught us with such an unspeakable sorrow, moderate the passion for haste, and multiply the means of safety? What but the madness of making haste to be rich leads to such wholesale destruction of human life as this? Will not our whole community pause for a season, and reflect?"
Pierre, SD: Hipple Printing Company, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 730 pp, indexed, illustrated with sketches and maps, but lacking the photograph of the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Hinges starting, rubbing to extremities. All but the first 9 pages of the volume (procedural matters of the State Historical Society) are taken up by DeLand's monumental work, which was continued in a second volume in 1934. "The purpose of this study is to present the successive crises of the Dakota or Sioux Nation of Indians, after leaving Minnesota, in their contacts with the Whites, as the latter pressed upon their domains in the Northwest; as reflected in the conflicts at arms..." (Introduction). This volume covers the Minnesota Sioux outbreak of 1862; Red Cloud's war of 1867; the Great Sioux War of 1876-77; and Wounded Knee, and draws on an interview with Sitting Bull and the accounts of many battle survivors.
Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1856. First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. xiv, 15-295 pp, with frontis illustration of "Marshal's posse with Burns moving down State Street." Original blind-stamped cloth boards. Bumped at corners, spine faded but legible, frayed at head and foot. Front free endpaper neatly removed, otherwise internally very good, with sound binding and no markings. Burns, a notorious fugitive slave, sold his story to Stevens to finance his education. "The Burns affair was the most important and publicized fugitive slave case in the history of American slavery because of its unique set of circumstances. It coincided with the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and with the Sherman M. Booth fugitive slave rescue case earlier that year, all of which contributed to national political realignment over the slavery issue... Eight states now enacted new personal liberty laws to counter the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. An 1855 Massachusetts statute protected alleged fugitives with due process of law while punishing state officials and militiamen involved in recaption...Throughout his ordeal Anthony Burns demonstrated his intelligence and resourcefulness, courage and humor, honesty and integrity" (ANB). Blockson 2208; Sabin 91490.
Very good. Undated, but c. 1884. Single sheet, 4.5 x 11 in, with creases from folding, a few chips and pinholes, mild staining. Rare early (first?) version of a popular American drinking song, in which Adam and Eve appear as the first tipplers, "and ever since then, all manner of men/The lame, the blind, and the mute/Our bankers and clerks, politicians and turks/Drink the juice of the Forbidden Fruit." This chorus is followed by a litany of public figures who imbibe, including Edwin Booth, [Henry Ward] Beecher, President Arthur, Frank James, Bob Ford, Oscar Wild[e], General Grant, Roscoe Conkling, and [James G.] Blaine. The names varied over time, but the song remained in circulation for many decades and was recorded by folklorist Alan Lomax in the 1950s. Lomax identified it as originating in the Ozarks, but by the turn of the century the song was sufficiently widespread to make an appearance in Jack London's story "The Man on the Trail, A Klondike Christmas," published in the Overland Monthly in January 1899. This edition not located in OCLC. Two institutions hold a slightly different but contemporaneous version, published in New York and attributed to Sam Devane.
Charleston, S.C. Frank A. Norwell, 1883. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 6" x 9.5", oblong, pictorial wrappers. 12 heliotype views (image size 4" x 6.5") of the grounds of Magnolia plantation (then the residence of Rev. J.G. Drayton), with one page of descriptive text taken from Harper's Magazine. Some marginal soiling, large chip missing from back cover, otherwise very good. The photographer, Frank Nowell (not Norwell, as printed on the cover), was a successful commercial photographer who maintained a studio in Charleston from about 1870-1890. He specialized in portraits, but also produced views of local scenery. A visitor to his studio in 1883, writing for Photographic Times and American Photographer, was particularly taken with his views of Magnolia: "Wandering about from scene to scene among the ground, lakes, lawns, avenues of oaks and forests of camellias and azaleas blooming beneath huge magnolias and live oaks with a camera and a supply of dry plates, almost bewildered among such an embarrassment of pictorial richness, who is there that does not envy Mr. Norwell such chances? It is only fitting that we should say that in this artist the scenery has had an able exponent, one who knows not only how to make selection of a scene, but also possesses ability to photograph it." Norwell's work is quite scarce today, as is this book, which is unrecorded in OCLC.
Springfield, Mass. Star Publishing Co., 1887. Softcover. Near fine. Stated "second edition," but probably in fact the first and only edition. Side-stapled pamphlet, pp 14 + (2), ads. Minor staining to front wrapper. Number 8 in a series of nine pamphlets purported to be written by English scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867) from the beyond. In life, Faraday was a vocal critic of the spiritualist movement, performing experiments to demonstrate how table-tipping and other seemingly supernatural phenomena could be explained by science. In death, he made a handy target for appropriation by true believers. Here he is made to provide a scientific explanation for how the spirit can live on after the body has died. 5 copies located in OCLC, where authorship is attributed to Thomas Cushman Buddington.
New York: Wittemann Brothers. Hardcover. Near fine. Undated, 1880s. 3.25" x 5", oblong, embossed brown boards stamped in gilt. Accordion-folded view book, with 14 lithographed views on 18 panels, made using a special process developed by Louis Glaser that used multiple stones to achieve "a varnished look that creates greater illusion of depth than a simple lithograph or toned lithograph" (Ron Tyler, unpublished work on 19th century lithographs). Includes two panoramas (boats on the Mississippi; view west from the courthouses), street scenes, views of important buildings (courthouse, new post office, custom house, Four Courts, Union Depot, Lindell Hotel), Shaw's Garden, Tower Grove Park, Lafayette Park. Together they offer an engaging glimpse into St. Louis at a time when it was the nation's fourth largest city.
Galveston, TX: Passenger Department, Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway, c. 1906. Promotional brochure and railway map, 27" x 28" folding to 4" x 8.75", with 21 panels printed on both sides. One side is taken up primarily with a detailed Rand McNally map of most of Texas, with the route of the Santa Fe Railway shown in red. Around the edges of the map are 11 captioned photographs showing agricultural scenes (feed lots, a cotton compress, rice fields, winter cabbage, prize sheep, a pecan orchard) from around the state. The other side is comprised of 19 numbered pages of text (with 11 additional photographs) and front and rear covers. The text urges every homeseeker and investor to go to Texas to see for themselves "the most important and inexhaustible agricultural area with an adequate coastline IN THE WHOLE WORLD." Each region of the state (North, Central, East, Gulf Coast, Concho-Colorado Valley) is treated separately, with optimistic details of climate, land prices, and primary agricultural products, as well as lengthy testimonials from local farmers. Separate sections highlight the prospects for growing tobacco and figs and describe the Santa Fe's Experimental Gardens (located in Alvin, Sealy, Kopperl, Gainesville, and Matagorda), which are designed "not only to have something to show the new comer, but to impress upon the old timer the fact that he is living in a country of wonderful resources, rich in possibilities that he has not dreamed of." Such near-guarantees of prosperity ignored a critical lack of rainfall in some regions and helped drive the increases in cultivation and erosion that ultimately led to disaster in the Dust Bowl years. Fair to good condition: some chipping to the the upper margin, numerous tears along the folds, with some very tiny losses to the map, none to the text. A few spots have been mended with archival tissue for purposes of stabilization only; further preservation measures would be advisable. Stamp of Joseph W. Hansen, Land and Immigration Agent, Houston, on p. 17. Fascinating and quite rare; unrecorded in OCLC.
Austin, TX: Von Boeckmann-Jones Company, 1936-1942. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. First five volumes (of 7) of "the best history of the three centuries of Spanish and Mexican Texas [with] the first detailed account of literally dozens of expeditions and settlements in Texas" (Jenkins, Basic Texas Books). 8vo, original embossed blue cloth; c. 2200 pp in total; index in each volume, many plates and folding maps. Some wear to extremities, a few previous owner's names, old insect damage to the final few pages of all but one volume (no loss of text). Otherwise quite clean and sound. Jenkins writes that this work opens up a world of entirely new history for the Big Bend Region and for South Texas and provides by far the most complete account of the missions in the San Antonio-Goliad region and in East Texas," and Tate (Indians of Texas) says it is an "invaluable source of information on all phases of Catholic influence in Texas. Detailed information on Indian tribes from the coastal and eastern sections of the state is extremely valuable, especially in the first four volumes. No researcher can afford to overlook this seminal work."
New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1876. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 4" x 6.25", in original red cloth. vi, -68 pp, + 5 pp ads for Devlin and Company (clothiers), with additional ads on the endpapers; 5 engraved illustrations, 3 plans (Capitol, Senate, House of Representatives), and a folding map. Covers rubbed and somewhat soiled, a few pinholes in the cloth at the spine. Devlin & Co. presentation stamp on front free endpaper. Internally clean and sound. An uncommon guidebook covering major government buildings and monuments, public parks and grounds, benevolent and educational institutions, railways, churches, hotels, theaters, etc. Part of The Riverside Press Centennial Guide Books to the Leading Cities of the United States series; attributed by some to Robert Curtis Ogden, a philanthropist and partner in Devlin & Co. who became interested in the cause of education in the South during Reconstruction and served as a trustee of both the Hampton Institute and the Tuskegee Institute.
London: J. Mawman, 1825. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 4to, pp. vii, 326; recent quarter-leather and marbled boards. New endpapers, recent bookplate on front pastedown. Frontispiece foxed, all else very clean and sound. Hill (1833): "Waterton was an enterprising traveler and a zealous naturalist. He was an unrivaled expert in taxidermy, and the frontispiece to this volume shows his celebrated 'Nondescript man," made up from various odds and ends. His country neighbors in Yorkshire believed he had a real stuffed human being on his premises, which almost caused a local riot....His narrative is full of descriptions of birds, animals, and Indians, and it is an outstanding work on the natural history of Columbia and Venezuela." Borba de Moraes (p. 372) notes that this was the first work to describe the plants and animals of the tropics--previously known mainly as museum specimens--from personal observation. The part dealing with the United States recounts a journey inspired by Alexander Wilson's "animated description" of American birds. After sailing to New York, Waterton traveled up the Hudson to Albany and then on to Buffalo, Quebec, and back to Saratoga via Lakes Champlain and George. Fairly soon into this journey he realized that "I had come into the wrong country to look for bugs, bears, brutes, and buffaloes," but he found his travels pleasurable none the less and writes favorably of the landscape and the people: "There is nothing haughty or forbidding in the Americans; and wherever you meet them, they appear to be quite at home....The immense number of highly polished females who go in the stages to visit the different places of amusement, and see the stupendous natural curiosities of this extensive county, incontestably proves that safety and convenience are assured to them, and that the most distant attempt at rudeness would, by common consent, be immediately put down." Sabin 102094; Howes W-158.
St. Paul: Chas S. Fee for the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1886. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 6.75 x 9.5 in, 96 pp, with color frontis map of Yellowstone National Park, engravings in the text. Side-stapled wrappers chipped at the edges, small stain on first 4 leaves, all else very good. Early Northern Pacific promotional book, with interesting descriptions of Minnesota, the Dakota Territory, Yellowstone, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, providing the traveler with a good sense of the history, scenery, and attractions of the locales traversed by the railroad. The section written by Schwatka (pp 60-96) describes Southeast Alaska. The final two pages offer prices and excursion packages for the 1887 tourist season. Arctic Bib. 7620; Smith 4840 (later edition); Tourville 4022, Wickersham 3936.
Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1870. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. pp. viii, 232 with 5 plates and a folding map (16" x 42", partially colored) in a rear pocket, 11 pages of ads at rear, several for railroads. Publisher's rust cloth stamped in gilt. Chipping to spine ends, corners rubbed, contemporary owner's inscription in pencil on front free endpaper, map with small tears at the folds. Coffin (who generally went by "Carleton") was a well-known Civil War correspondent. This account of "the physical features of the vast reach of country lying between the Lakes and the Pacific, not only in the United States, but in British America as well" was based on his own travels as well as "the most trustworthy accounts of persons who have lived there" and the work of survey engineers. The map, he says, is "the most complete map ever published of the country between the 36th and 55th parallel...showing not only the entire railway system of the Eastern and Middle States, but also the Union Pacific Railroad and the Northern Pacific, now under construction." Includes discussion of northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Red River Valley, Dakota Territory, Oregon, and the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Smith 1859, Graff 793.
New York: Welch, Fracker Company, 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. pp. 186 + ix (Appendix on Alaska missions), 9 plates. some from photographs, others drawings by C.H. Warren. Original half-cloth with paper spine label, beveled edges. Boards somewhat worn, with some old insect damage, pages tanned. Contents clean, binding sound. Inscribed on the front pastedown "John M. Pugh from Mrs. F.C. Sessions." Pugh was a real estate developer from Iowa. Sessions was a Columbus, Ohio dry goods merchant who was also active in railroads, real estate and banking, and served as President of the Ohio Historical and Archaeological Society. The section on Yellowstone (40 pp) includes both history and personal observations. The Alaska section comprises the bulk of the narrative and includes description of glaciers, landscape, and Tlingit Indian life. There is also material on Washington and Oregon. Arctic Bib, 15776. Wickersham 6464, Smith 9335.
Chicago and New York: Rand McNally & Company, 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Title continues: "With Special Chapters on Hunting the Grizzly Bear, the Buffalo, Elk, Antelope, Rocky Mountain Goat, and Deer; Also on Trouting in the Rocky Mountains; on A Montana Round-Up; Life Among the Cowboys, etc." 339 pp, illustrations, 12 pages of ads for books, photographic supplies, cigarettes, guns, taxidermy supplies, sporting attire, railroad excursions. Original rust cloth decorated in gilt, with image of an elk stamped on the front board. Shields (1846-1925) wrote extensively on sporting topics under the pen-name Coquina before establishing Recreation: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to Everything the Name Implies in 1894. Between 1897 and 1902, he was head of the Campfire Club of America. Much of this volume recounts his travels through the Puget Sound and Cascades regions and an excursion into British Columbia. Other chapters deal with hunting or fishing trips in Montana, Texas, and northern Wisconsin. Smith 9422, Herd 2060.