1 [African-American] Choctaw Colored Citizens Association. Statement of the Choctaw Freedmen, Setting Forth Their Wrongs, Grievances, Claims & Wants. August, 1894. Fort Smith, Arkansas: J.H. Mayers & Co., . 8vo, original tan printed wrappers creased, (25) pp., paper lightly browned, exlibrary, else very good.
First edition, extremely rare (OCLC locates only Yale). The Choctaw Freedmen – the descendants of the slaves held by the Choctaw Nation –here argue that they are entitled to land awards from the Dawes Commission (which was allocating lands from tribal to individual ownership). Gilcrease-Hargrett, p. 137.
2 [African-American] Brown, G.T. Map of the Property of the Central Land Company Formerly Known as the Brown Tract, Situated in the City of Oakland, Cal., Between Telegraph and San Pablo Avenues… San Francisco: G. T. Brown, Lith., ca.
1870. Map measures 15 ¾ x 21 ¼inches, hinges on verso. Small tear repaired with Japanese tissue three
inches into bottom, ex-lib. marks on margin. Very good.
G. T. (Grafton Tyler) Brown was the first African-American lithographer and professional artist in California. Brown immigrated to California in the 1850s from Harrisburg, Penn.,
when he was 20 years old, and was trained in lithography at the famous firm of Kuchel & Dresel. He bought their firm in 1867 and renamed it G. T. Brown, Lithographers. He later
sold the business and moved to a studio in British Columbia, and settled later in Portland, Oregon, and Helena, Montana.
3 [Brothel] Swearingen, Al, proprietor. Gem Theatre, Deadwood, Dakota. Souvenir Programme of the Two Hundredth Consecutive Night in this Theatre of Harry Montague’s Comedy Company… Deadwood, Dakota Territory: Pioneer Print . Narrow folio silk broadside, 18 x 7 inches on pink silk, a few threads unraveled on the left side, generally quite fine. Housed in
custom mylar and half-morocco folding case.
A rare survivor of Al Swearingen’s ‘Gem Theatre,’ the most notorious and famous brothel in Deadwood; this broadside was printed on pink silk as a souvenir for special friends and guests of Swearingen. Girls
were recruited from Eastern and other cities by Swearingen (usually spelled with an ‘e’ instead of an ‘i’)
for the Gem by being promised well-paying jobs as maids and waiteresses, but the really well-paying jobs were not what they expected. Silk broadsides, especially
ones related to a character such as Swearingen, are nearly unknown.The only other record I found to a silk broadside from Deadwood was in 1888 (the following year) to celebrate the election of Harrison which was offered by the Midland Rare Book company over 50 years ago (1961). Any brothel ephemera is rare, but especially rare is the survival of a pink silk brothel broadside.
4 [Brothel] Collection of Four Brothel Tokens from Goldfield, Nevada Brothels, 1905-1915. Circular metal tokens, housed in hard, clear
collector cases, each with Numismatic Conservation Services
guarantees of authenticity on the cases. Sizes range from ¾ inch to
1¼ inches. Condition generally very good.
Unlike the ‘fantasy’ reproduction tokens sometimes seen at shows, these genuine tokens do not have any bawdy references. The tokens are: 1) Dorothy Reed. The Harem. Goldfield, Nev. / Good for 25¢ in Trade; 2) Red Top Bar Ajax &Martin Goldfield, Nev. / Good for 6¼¢ in Trade; 3) Rebate Check 2½¢ The Den. W.A. Schabel, Prop. Goldfield, Nevada; 4) Red Top Bar. 12½ Bob Martin / 12½¢. Rare printed on metal evidences of prostitution during the prime mining expansion in this Nevada gold camp.[Top]
5 [Buffalo Bill] Ames, Col. George A. Ups and Downs of an Army Officer. Washington: McGill & Wallace, 1900. 8vo, blue cloth, original salesman sample book, 92 pp., with over 100 signed subscriptions, light wear, else very good.
A great association copy, signed and subscribed by nearly 100 Army officers, including “W.F. Cody, Buffalo Bill,” General Nelson Miles (capturer of Geronimo), Admiral Dewey, and Confederate Maj. General Joseph Wheeler, among many others. Almost certainly this
book was Colonel Ames’ personal copy. A complete list of the signers accompanies the volume.
6 [California] Byrne, William S. Directory of Grass Valley Township for 1865. Containing a Historical Sketch of Grass Valley, of Allison Ranch, and Forest Springs; Also, a Description of the Principal Mines, all the Quartz Mills,… Forming the Most Complete Mining Work Ever Published in Nevada County. San
Francisco: Printed by Charles F. Robbins, 1865. 8vo, original boards (ads missing on upper board, present on rear board but rubbed), (xxix, ads) 144 pp., plus ads inside front and back covers, so complete;some wear to edges and loosening to spine.
First edition. A rare directory of mines and people in Grass Valley.
Streeter Sale 2896. Graff 531. Howes B1080 (the final entry in the “B” section). An incomplete copy of this directory (unlike this copy) passed
last year at auction; the only previous auction record prior to this was Christie’s in 2003, and then the Streeter Sale. Important for histories of the California mines. Rare, no copies listed online.
7 [California] Thomas Houseworth & Co. Pacific Coast Scenery. San Francisco: Houseworth Co., 1872. 4to, original green morocco with gilt title and decorations, binding rubbed with some wear, 200 original albumen 3 x 3 photographs tipped onto 25 leaves, each with printedidentification below the photograph. Cardstock leaves curled, margins of most pages showing some rough wear and occasional stains (the last
five leaves have large ink numbers in the margins, but not affecting the photographs), but photographs generally very good or better (the exception are the
four photographs on the recto of leaf 18, which have an ink line drawn through them). Very rare. I actually had this book once before about five years ago. Only three copies of this book are located in institutional collections (UCLA, Huntington & SMU). Sabin 33180 noting an earlier 1868 edition with only 67 photographs, as compared to 200 in this one. Cowan, p. 468. Margolis, To Delight the Eye 12. Palmquist & Kailbourn, Pioneer Photographers, pp. 304-307 (for an extensive write-up on Houseworth). The views include the mines, hydraulic works, some views of San Francisco, port scenes, and extensive views of Yosemite Park. If valued individually by stereo card, the price would be nearly double. Despite the fact I have had this album once before, it is extraordinarily rare.[Top]
8 [California] Railroad! A Meeting of the Citizens of Santa Clara County, and all other Counties Interested, will be Held at the City Hall,…for the
Immediate Construction of a Railroad Between San Jose and Alviso. [N.p., Jan. 25, 1859] Oblong 4to broadside, 8¾ x 12¼ inches, margins trimmed, attached to cardstock.
A rare and unrecorded broadside
(not in Greenwood, California Imprints) promoting a railroad between San Jose and Alviso (the closest city to the bay for shipping
for Santa Clara county, which had regular steamships). Unfortunately, the port of Alviso was bypassed by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad in 1864. Rare, no copies
located in OCLC.
9 [California] Silliman, Benj. Facts and Statistics Relating to the Edmonton Gold Mine, Grass Valley, Nevada County, California. Boston:
Wright & Potter, 1866. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers, 55 pp., five
maps and plates tipped in. Some wear and browning, later owner’s
name in ink on title with date, else good.
A rare promotional for Grass Valley. The mines were located about 11
miles north of Colfax (2 miles SW of Grass Valley City). Silliman was the
famous Yale geologist, and he wrote the report of this mine. The only reference in the antiquarian market is the 1979 catalogue of Randall & Windle (8:169).
10 [California] Watson, Benjamin A. Original 49er Quartz Gold Nugget, Miner’s Leather Pouch, and printed constitution of 49ers: Constitution of the Illinois and California Mutual Insurance Company, No. 1.[Springfield, Ill.: No printer, Jan. 20th, 1849.] 8vo, original blue printed broadside, signed in ink individually by the company of 49ers, including “B.A. Watson,” the owner of this nugget. Fine condition.
Very rare. The quartz nugget contains approximately 2/3 ounce of gold, rubbed smooth; it has been carried in the original leather pouch, which has a split in the side and a few worn holes where the nugget was carried. The printed constitution is bibliographically unrecorded, with only one copy located in OCLC (Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield, also signed by all 21 men), and no auction or antiquarian market records. The printed constitution contained the rules of the company for the overland crossing and a promise to jointly divide their proceeds upon their return to Springfield. Watson has signed the bottom of the constitution, and so have the other 20 members of his company, who pledged to each other “Our lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor.” Printed records of voluntary associations headed to the California Gold fields are among the rarest of California Gold Rush collectibles, with the Streeter Sale having perhaps five. See also, R.G. Vail, “Bibliographical Notes on Certain Eastern Mining Companies of the California Gold Rush, 1849-1850,” PBSA 43: 247-278. A very rare combination.[Top]
Original lithograph playshow broadside for the first American play to be set on a cattle ranch. Written by Meredith and originally performed at Haverly’s 14th St. Theatre in New York in August, 1882. Yale has a different poster for this play (showing a mob attacking a rancher). Rare.[Top]
12 [Colorado] Barlow & Sanderson. Overland Mail Company. This is the Only Stage Line Running to all Points in New Mexico and the San Juan Mining District in Southern Colorado, in Connection with the Denver & Rio Grande, Kansas Pacific, and
Atchison, Topkea & Santa Fe Railways. St. Louis: Woodward & Tiernan & Hale, Lithographers, ca.
1877. Folio broadside lithograph, blue tint background, approximately 18 x 23 inches, professionally conservation matted and framed with black and gold borders. Fine condition, rich tones.
Bradley Barlow and J.L. Sanderson purchased the Denver & Santa Fe Stage line in 1870, and with the Overland Mail Company contract, began opening up Southern Colorado at the same as the gold mining rushes. Their stage run to Lake City (approximately 25 miles due west of Ouray and Telluride (Uncompahgre Mountain, shown on this broadside, is between them) began in 1877. This broadside shows some of the highlights of Colorado history – the stage has three trunks belonging to Kit Carson, Maxwell (of the New Mexico land grant) and Col. Bent (of Bent’s Fort). There are two Chinese on the back of the stage, and three prospectors hiking towards the gold fields. A great and original broadside for Colorado stagecoaches.[Top]
13 [Colorado] Rogers, A.N. Communication Relative to the Location of the U.P.R.R. Across the Rocky Mountains Through Colorado Territory. Central City, Colo. Terr.: Collier & Hall, Printers, 1867. 8vo,
original goldenrod printed wrappers, 16 pp., early dampstain across
middle of pages, else good.
First edition of a rare Colorado Territorial imprint. Graff 3550. McMurtrie & Allen, Colorado 82. Includes a section (pp. 5-6) arguing
the virtues of a Southern Utah route for the railroad which crosses Colorado. Central city eventually got a branch line.
14 [Colorado] Salmans, O.R. & J.M. Auld. Cripple Creek: A Standard Handbook of the Mines and Mining Companies of America’s Greatest Gold Camp and Other Mining Camps
of Colorado, USA. Denver: App Engraving & Printing, 1901. Narrow 4to, original tan printed wrappers,  pp., numerous plat maps of mining districts; lightly browning,
else very good.
This is the second edition; an earlier one by F.F. Horn is more common. An extremely detailed directory of nearly 1,000 mining companies in the Cripple Creek district, with
information on stock holdings, officers, production, properties owned, development of holdings, and prospects. No copies online; OCLC locates 2 of this 1901 edition (Yale & Col. Sch. Mines).
15 [Colorado] Venettisch, Oscar. Teller House. CENTRAL CITY. Its Gold and Silver Mines, Sampling and Concentration Works, Stamping Mills and Other Points of Interest. [N.p., ca. 1880] Square 12mo, original printed wrappers, 16 pp. Fine.
No copies located in OCLC or in the antiquarian trade. Includes
information on Central City, Black Hawk, Nevadaville District, Russell Gulch, distances from Central City to points in Colorado & New Mexico, and a directory of Gilpin county mines.
16 [Custer] Custer, Elizabeth B. [Untitled Defense of Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn]. New York, June 21, 1897. 8vo, selfwrappers, 3 pages.
First edition, Dustin 78 (listed in his bibliography but noted as lacking in his personal collection). This tract is a reply to an article by Col. Robert Hughes in the 1896 Journal of the Military Service Institution, where Hughes accused Custer of disobeying General Terry’s orders at Little Big Horn. Elizabeth writes that no such order was ever recorded,
and reprints the only surviving order from Terry, that of June 22nd, ordering Custer up the Rosebud in pursuit. Very rare.
17 [Custer] Original Scrapbook of News Clippings about Custer, Kept by R.G. Carter (author of On the Border with MacKenzie and The Old Sergeant’s Story), with pen notes in
his hand, many initialed. Folio, 1950s style scrapbook, approximately 50 pages of pasted
clippings (paper browned), with occasional pen notes by Carter.
In Graham’s book, The Custer Myth, his correspondence with Capt. Carter forms chapter ten of his book; Carter’s interest was also personal, as his brother was a classmate of Custer’s at West Point. The notes are pure Carter; at the first clipping on Custer’s lost gold
payroll he writes in red ink: “Pure baloney. Men were paid in paper.” Carter has also drawn a map of the New Salem, Dakota part of the march of Custer with his notes. Interesting source material.
18 [Dakota] Ludlow, William. Report of a Reconnaissance of the Black Hills of Dakota, Made in the Summer of 1874. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1875. 4to, presentation binding with brown ¾ morocco, 121 pp., 3 large folding maps, plate of fossils. Small
tear to last map, but else quite good and complete.
First edition, inscribed on the title from the author to a prominent Massachusetts politician: “Mr. Jas. I. Grinnell Compliments of William Ludlow.” Howes L558. Luther, Custer High Spots 28. This expedition, led by Custer in the summer of 1874, was the one which discovered gold in in the Black Hills. You can find a first edition of this book online in various degrees of condition – but no presentation bound copies, especially one that is inscribed by the author, are available. No presentation copies recorded at auction in the last 40 years.[Top]
19 [Dakota] Batchelder, George Alexander. A Sketch of the History and Resources of Dakota Territory. Yankton: Press Steam Power Printing, 1870. 8vo, original teal printed wrappers, 56 pp., frontis map (tinted in rose ink). Some edge chipping to wrappers, but map and text internally fine. Ex-library stamp on cover, title & verso of map (Hist. Soc. Of N.D., sold in duplicate sale some years back).
First edition. Howes B231: “One of the rarest works on the Dakota-Wyoming frontier.” Streeter Sale2051. Allen, Dakota Territorial Imprints 73. Includes a history of exploration, the Montana gold rush, cattle ranches and trade, railroads, and the discovery of gold in the Black Hills.[Top]
20 [Dakota] March & Stephenson, Props., Sidney & Black Hills Stage Line. BLACK HILLS! VIA SIDNEY. Shortest & Quickest Route to the New Gold Fields. Omaha: Republican Steam Print, Feb. 1, 1877. Folio broadside, 22 x 9¼ inches, housed in stiff mylar sleeve, fine condition. Inset map: Map of the Black Hills Route, via the Union Pacific R.R., 3½ x 8 inches.
Highly important Black Hills gold rush stage-coach broadside. Patrons are informed that ‘Concord Coaches’ of the Sidney & Black Hills Stage line would be making the run from Sidney, Nebraska (closest train stop) to Deadwood, with stops at Red
Cloud Agency, Custer City, Rapid City, Crook City and Deadwood. First class fares were in the stage; second class were in covered wagon, and third class (cheapest) were in
freight wagons. The broadside notes that this company had the fastest stages “over good roads with ranches ten to fifteen miles and MILITARY PROTECTION.” The last was a good thing to mention, since the Custer Massacre was only some six months previously. No auction records or sales in the antiquarian trade for this broadside. Streeter Sale 2064 had a Black Hills broadside, but it was for the U.P. R.R., and not for a stage-coach line. No copies located on OCLC (and only two, Princeton & Newberry, for the Streeter Sale railroad broadside). Rare.
Rare unrecorded (no copies in OCLC or bibliographies) broadside
protesting against the leasing of Cherokee lands to corrupt cattle
barons. Elias C. Boudinot was the son of Elias Boudinot (assassinated
by Cherokees in 1839 for signing the Treaty of New Echota). Boudinot
served as a Colonel in the Confederate Army (under his uncle,
Stan Waitie) and he represented the Cherokees in the Confederate Congress. In this broadside, Boudinot writes to every Cherokee, “red, white or black,” about the leasing of half of the Nation to a “few white Cattle Kings” who might eventually drive “everybody out of the Nation according to their own sweet will.” Boudinot lists the reasons a better deal should be found, and indicts William A. Philips, the Kansas attorney for the Cherokee, as being complicit. Rare and unrecorded imprint.
22 [Indian Territory] G. F. Herriott & Co., Brokers. GUTHRIE, Oklahoma, Indian Territory, Jan. 22nd, 1890. Morrisville, Pa.: Drawn by T.M.
Fowler and Published by G. F. Herriott & Co., 1890. Original lithograph birds-eye view, view
measures 15½ x 31½ inches; inset view of G.F. Herriott & Cos. Business Block, 3½ x 5 inches; a numbered key locates 24 prominent buildings
in Guthrie. Flattened and conservation backed, very small loss along folds, small repairs to center folds. Very rare, no copies located on OCLC and no auction records. Guthrie became an instant city with the Oklahoma land rush of April, 1889; a note at the bottom of this birds-eye view says, “The City of Guthrie was nine months old when the original sketch for this lithograph was made.” Guthrie was the first capital of Oklahoma; Herriott apparently published this view to promote his real estate business in the new City. Not in Reps, Cities on Stone. A great detailed view of an ‘instant’ American city just months after the Oklahoma Land Rush.
23 [Kansas] Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. NEW KANSAS ROUTE OPEN via South Western Division of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific R.R. to LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS. Chicago: J.J. Spalding & Co., Railraod Printers, 103 Canal Street, . Folio broadside printed in red and blue on cardstock, 22 x 14 inches, small
amount of corner and edge chipping, not affecting text.
A rare pre-Chicago Fire imprint, unrecorded, with OCLC finding one location (Yale). A wonderfully
graphic and attractive promotional which advertised the opening of this line in September, 1871, with connections to Topeka, Manhattan,
Fort Riley, Newton (near Wichita, still the train station for the area), Emporia, Junction City, Fort Scott and Indian Territory.
24 [Labor History] Original Manuscript Time Book of the
Birmingham Iron Works, Pittsburgh, 1836-1841. Folio ledger,
approximately 48 pp., light soiling, else very good and quite readable.This account ledger is an original source for labor history during Jacksonian America. It contains numerous tables: one has the worker’s names, rate per day, and
days worked. In addition, the tables show names, which days of the week were worked and the wages. There are about 25-30 workers listed for each month in these early years. The Birmingham Iron Works was located south of the Allegheny
near S. 16thstreet in Pittsburgh. The company was active from 1836 to 1871. Very early labor history for Western Penn.
25 [Map] Babbitt, E.L. The Allegheny Pilot; Containing a Complete Chart of the Allegheny River, Showing the Islands and Bars and Low Water Channel from Warren to Pittsburgh, With Directions for Navigating the same with Rafts. Flat-Boats, Etc., And Intended for the Benefit of
Rivermen Generally… Also a Table of Distances for All the Principal Western Navigable Rivers. Freeport, Pa.: E.L. Babbitt, Publisher and Printer, 1855. 8vo, original tan
printed wrappers, 64 pp., 14 ads; 16 lithographed plates with charts of the Allegheny River. Minor staining to wrappers, but overall a very nice copy.
First and only edition. Howes B5. OCLC locates only two (Clements & Wisconsin Historical). Wessen in Midland Book Notes 58:11: “From the standpoint of rarity it ranks with the very early pamphlet editions of Cramer’s Navigators, while its fine lithographed charts are superior to those published in any navigator.” Not in Streeter Sale. No copies at auction, nor any for sale online. Themaps show an incredible amount of detail for a section of the river that runs from Warren (near the NY state line) south to Pittsburgh – just over 100 miles. The commentaries for each chart include extensive historical and navigation notes, while the charts show settlements, houses, and river features.[Top]
26 [Map] Merrill, Capt. W.E. Map of Northern Georgia. Chattanooga, Tenn.: Lithographed and Printed in Topl. Engr. Office, Dept. of Cumberland, May 2nd, 1864. Oblong 4to marbled paper boards with original label on upper board (boards showing light wear), map is segmented and laid on original linen, map measures 37½ x 34¾ inches, some light foxing and browning.
A famous Civil War rarity, and one of the most important Civil War maps produced – as Arkway Maps notes, “As a testimony to the map’s importance, it is reproduced in some
form in virtually every study of Civil War mapping.” This map was printed by the Union forces just days before the campaign to retake Northern Georgia began on May 7, 1864. Miller, Great Maps of the Civil War, p. 39. Stephenson, Civil War Maps in the Library of Congress, S28-29.
27 [Montana] 1867. Ho! FOR THE GOLD MINES! 1867. The Montana and Idaho Transportation Line Will Give Through Bills Lading for Ft. Benton, Virginia City and All Points in the Mining Districts. [St. Louis, 1867] 12mo (5½ x 3¼ inches) trade card, title side printed in blue ink, verso in black ink. Archival tape repair on side edge, approximately ½ inch, else very good.
Rare table of distance card for this steamboat line up the Missouri
River to Fort Benton (approximately 40 points listed between St. Louis and Fort Benton) and stage distances from Fort Benton to
Helena, Blackfoot city, Diamond City, Deer Lodge City, Gallatin,
Virginia City and Bannock City. Includes names of 7 steamships
with departures dates from St. Louis. Steamboat trade cards with tables of distances for the Gold Rush are among the rarest paper artifacts; this one from a private collection, and the first of its kind seen.
28 [Montana] McElrath, Thomson P. The Yellowstone Valley: What It Is, Where It Is, and How to Get There. A
Handbook for Tourists and Settlers. Illustrated. St. Paul: The Pioneer Press, 1880. Small 8vo, original plum cloth with gilt title, spine sunned, 138 (6, ads) pp. Folding map: Map of the Northern Pacific Railroad and Its Connections, 5 ½ x 17 inches. Very good.First edition. Adams HERD 1397, with extensive information on Montana
cattle ranches and stock (chapter 4 is on the Montana cattle industry). Other chapters are on the homes in the Yellowstone Valley, a trip to Yellowstone Park, history of the Gold Mines of Helena, and other useful information. Graff 2605. Howes M91.
29 [Mormon] Original Pencil Autograph of Hosea Stout, in General Laws, Memorials and Resolutions of the Territory of Dakota… Yankton,
D.T.: Josiah Trask, 1862. 8vo, original leather spine rebacked, signed on front pastedown, nice.
This law book belonged to, and was signed by, Hosea Stout, who fought in the Battle of Crooked River in 1838, was a bodyguard for Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Chief of Police for Nauvoo, and member of the Council of Fifty in Nauvoo. He was accused of poisoning Samuel H. Smith (after the death of Joseph and Hyrum) but was never tried. He was the first attorney general of Utah, and helped rescue the Martin Handcart company in 1856. A great association copy.
30 [Mormon] Tullidge, Edward W. Life of Brigham Young; or, Utah and Her Founders. New York, 1876. 8vo, brown cloth, spine rebacked and repaired, two front pages reattached with hinge early on, some light wear, generally very good. First edition, inscribed from Brigham to Apostle (and later Prophet) Lorenzo Snow. A great association copy, as Snow is featured in one chapter of this book. Snow was an avid reader, and his copy shows signs of use. The inscription is in a secretarial hand: “Presented to Lorenzo Snow by” and
then signed “Brigham Young” and a secretary has written “Salt Lake City, U.T., October 16th, 1876” below that (part of the city name – the first letter of “Salt” is partially covered by the hinge). A great association copy between two important Mormon leaders.
31 [Mormon] Young, Brigham. General Epistle from the Council of the Twelve Apostles, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints… [St. Louis, 1848] 8vo, original self
wrappers, 8 pp., green paper strip on spine where removed, uneven trimmed margin on lower margin, not affecting text.
First edition of an extraordinarily rare overland account of Brigham Young’s journey to settle Utah in 1847. No copy has appeared at auction since the Streeter Sale copy in 1968 (Streeter Sale IV: 2284) who said that this was “One of the great documents of Mormon history.” Streeter also chose it for his Americana – Beginnings exhibition, where it was #65. Streeter had purchased his copy in 1928 (forty years before his auction) and at the sale his was purchased by Wright Howes for the Graff collection in Chicago (Graff 715). This overland account of the Saints was signed at Winter Quarters in December, 1847, and sent to St. Louis for publication (early January, 1848). WagnerCamp 160: “The Epistle contains an account of the journey of the pioneer party which left Nauvoo in February, 1846, the enlistment of the Mormon battalion in July, and finally, the journey of the 143 pioneers from April 14, 1847 to arrival in Salt Lake City (July 24, 1847), and the founding of the city.
Young and many of the Pioneers returned to the Missouri in October. The rest of the pamphlet is devoted to an appeal to the Saints to rendezvous at the Missouri by the first of May, 1848.” Crawley, Descriptive Bibliography 346 (illustrated on p. 28 – the first entry in volume 2): “This marks the beginning of Mormonism’s Utah period.” Importantly, this was also the first printed notice announcing the intent to reorganize the First Presidency after the death of Joseph Smith (p. 6; which happened on Dec. 5th, 1847 at Council Bluffs). Very rare, with no copies for sale online.
32 [Nevada] WE STILL LIVE! Slightly Disfigured, but Still in the Ring! Eureka Daily Sentinel, Friday, Nov. 21, 1873. Narrow 4to broadside extra, unevenly printed, generally very good. A rare broadside extra account of the fire which devastated the mining camp of Eureka, Nevada in 1873. “On the morning of the 20th about half-past 12 a fire broke out in one of those incendiary institutions, a Chinese wash-house, a few doors south of the Sentinel building, and in three minutes the whole block was in flames. Our dwelling, furniture, clothing, printing office,
including presses and material of every kind went with the rest. From the printing office a small proof press, three cases of advertising type, and three galleys of matter, were all that could be rescued.” The paper lists the losses of the fire, and notifys patrons that new printing supplies had already been ordered
and were en route from San Francisco via the fastest shippingmethod; the paper would resume publication at that time. The Sentinel was the first newspaper in Eureka, beginning publication in 1870; Gregory reports holding of scattered issues, mostly from the later 1870s and early 80s.
33 [New Mexico] Carruth, J.A. First Annual Directory of Las Vegas, New Mexico for 1895-1896. A Complete and Accurate Alphabetical Listing of East and West Las Vegas, Upper Las Vegas and the Hot Springs. Las Vegas, N.M.: J.A. Carruth, printer and binder, 1895. 8vo, original gilt printed blue boards, green cloth spine, 168 pp., (some colored ad pages included in pagination). Light edge wearing, generally very good.
First edition. OCLC locates two (SMU & New Mexico State). In 1954 the Eberstadts listed a 1907 city directory which they conjectured might be the first for Las Vegas (133:742), but the first was actually done in 1882 and then suspended publication. Carruth apparently intended an annual, but this first is the only appearance. Also includes an index of businesses and advertisers, secret societies, voluntary organizations, histories of platted additions to town, City directories from the 1890s are particularly useful for social history research because the 1890 census lost the individual data.[Top]
34 [New Mexico] [Ross, E.G.] The New Mexico System of Narrow Gauge Railroads…Showing the Territory of
New Mexico,.. The City of Albuquerque, its Remarkable Growth, Its Business and Its Geographical and Commercial Advantages. New York: E. A. Kingsland, printer, 1883. 8vo, original pale green printed wrappers, 14 pp., creased, folding
map: [Territory of New Mexico Showing Purposed Lines in Red] 15 ½ x 12 ½ inches. Housed in custom cloth case. Rare (OCLC shows 2 locations in Denver, the other at AAS). No copies recorded at auction, the only antiquarian trade reference comes from the Midland Rare Book Company in 1945. The map shows one of the very earliest references to
Espanola as the endpoint of the D&RG railway. The purposed project had narrow gauge railroads extending through New Mexico, to Silver City, and from Santa Fe to Albuquerque via Cerrillos (instead of the present line through Lamy). The final part is a very early promotional for Albuquerque (which had only been found three years previously, in 1880), with information on businesses and prospects.
35 [Photography] Jackson, W.H., photographer. Original Mammoth Plate Albumen Photograph of Manitou Springs, Colorado. Mammoth plate photograph, 9¾ x 13 inches, cardstock mount showing some chipping at edges and browning,
and with Jackson’s stamp in cardstock but not affecting the photograph, which has bright tones
and detail. A great and detailed view of one of the major tourist destinations of Colorado in the
1880s. The view shows the town buildings, hotels, stables and churches in Manitou. A few tents can be seen in the meadows.
36 [Photography] Burge, J.C., photographer. Kingston, New Mexico. Mammoth plate albumen
photograph, 11½ x 16¾ inches, photograph tones and detail extremely good, some browning to
and edge chipping to cardstock mount but not affecting photograph. The photographer J.C. Burge was active in New Mexico from 1885 to
1891 (Haynes, Catching Shadows, p. 18). Kingston was a boom town when Silver was discovered there in 1882; no doubt Burge took this detailed picture of the town with a couple of years of its founding; there are framed tents and buildings under construction on main street. Today Kingston is a ghost town. A rare and bright view.
37 [Photography] Collection of Five Trade Cards for Daguerreotypists, Ambrotypists & Photographers, ca. 1850s-1860s, as follows: four are 2 ½ x 2 inches, one 2 x 3 inches. 1) S. Lucas & Co, Daguerreotype, Ambrotype…Rooms in Davis’ Building, Plymouth [Mass.]; 2) Price List of Heywood’s Mammoth Daguerreotype & Ambrotype Gallery. 228 Washington Street, Boston.; 3) C.K. Proctor, Ambrotyper and Photographer, Beverly, Mass.; 4) P. Tenney Gates’ Sky-Light Photographic Gallery, Champlain, N.Y.; 5) A.P. Whiteman’s ‘Excelsior’ Photograph Gallery, 260 Bowery, New York. Most have price information on cards.[Top]
38 [Texas] Archive of Oswald’s Battalion, 3rd
Texas Infantry (Confederate), 1862-1864. 4to, ledger volume, covers separated, written in ink in English and German. Approximately 100 pages (with approximately 150 blank pages in the volume as well). Boards worn, pages loose, minor edge loss.
A great unpublished source for German Texas Confederate history. Rare; Dornbusch does not record any records for the 3rd Texas Infantry. The unit was organized in Central Texas by Col. Philip Luckett in the summer of 1861; many of the soldiers came from recent German immigrant families from Bexar, Gillespie, San Patricio and Travis counties (Luckett had been a surgeon in Rip Ford’s company of Texas Rangers). The company was stationed in San Antonio from 1861 to 1863, and then stationed in Brownsville to protect cotton shipments; in 1864 they served in Arkansas as part of Walker’s Texas Division, where they kept fire on Union gunboats on the lower Brazos. They fought in the Battle of Jenkins Ferry in the Red River Campaign in April, 1864. The manuscript includes general orders for the unit; a list of 100 articles for the governance of “Company A, German Battalion (in German)”; inventories, muster rolls and payrolls (many signed by the soldiers); the information includes birthplace and where enrolled in Texas; and shooting records for the regiments, among much other information. A rare and unpublished record of a Confederate Texas German unit.[Top]
39 [Utah] Grey, Zane. Original Manuscript Account of a Trip to the
Utah Desert, September 25-28, 1923.12mo, black leatherette notebook, approximately 19 pages in Grey’s hand, in distinctive purple ink. Very good, with embossed stamp ‘Zane Grey’ on ffep.
From 1923 to 1930 Grey kept a cabin on the Mogollon Rim in Central Arizona; this trip was probably an excursion into Utah from that cabin. Grey gathered descriptions to use in his writing. The first entry (written in Southern Utah, near present-day Lake Powell): “Sunrise over Noki Canyon 5:45 – 6:45. Clear wonderful deep
blue light with rosy clouds floating. The canyon was asleep, still dark. Far north ward the great escarpments begins to lighten…” The journal continues with notes about wild horses observed by Grey in Surprise Valley, and of chasing wild mules in canyons with limestone walls, then a description of a “hard ride” “down, down, down” Beaver Creek Canyon. The account’s last entry is a description of Surprise Valley “from a ledge below Navajo Mtn.” Interesting observations from a Western writer’s notebook.
The 1864 Gold Rush to Idaho and Montana brought speculators into Utah looking to buy the wheat crops. Brigham Young here calls for a convention to set wheat prices for the “many thousands on their way to the adjoining gold regions.” In the meantime, the Saints are told not to sell their wheat for less than 12 dollars a hundred, and that only gold would be accepted in payment from miners (none of those greenbacks!) This is also probably the first time that the leader of the LDS Church asks each member to covenant that “previous to selling any grain, we will reserve at least a year’s supply for ourselves, families and dependents.” Though a small find of these came to the market in the 1970s, no copies are listed for sale online. Not in any bibliographic sources, including McMurtrie, Utah Imprints or Flake.[Top]
41 [African-American] James Lee Co. Charge of the Colored Troops – San Juan. Chicago, 1907. Chromo lithograph, 15 ¾ x 20 inches, four color print with no margins. Some tiny edge nicks, else near fine.
The 9th and 10th Cavalry distinguished themselves in the Spanish-American war in two
engagements, particularly. In this chromolithograph they are shown storming up San Juan Hill victorious (the battle occurred July 1-3, 1898), which led to their taking of Santiago, Cuba. The only other chromolithograph on this topic (but with a different battle) that I have ever seen or handled was slightly larger and was entitled, “The Battle of Quasimas Near Santiago, June 28th, 1898, 9th and 10th Colored Cavalry in Support of the Rough Riders.” The Spanish-American War was one of the battle engagements for the famous Buffalo Soldiers of the West (the 10th Cavalry was from Texas, while the 9th came from Fort Robinson in Nebraska.
42 [Arizona] Roberts, M., Photographer.
Collection of Twelve Original Photographs,
Black & White (some copy prints), [ca. 1909].
(8) 8 x10s; (4) 5 x 7s. Condition generally very
good, housed in protective mylar and binder.
The photographer’s stamp is on the back of one
of the photographs: ‘Photographed by M.
Roberts, Hermosilla, Mexico.’ The Bancroft has a
collection of photographs by Roberts of
Hermosilla documenting the Yaquis which are
dated to around 1909, hence the date here. The Yaquis had a long history of persecution by Mexican government forces (also the U.S. Border Patrol; they have been accustomed to
moving between Sonora and Arizona, and there are Yaqui settlements in Arizona). The
Governor of Sonora at this time, Rafael Izabal, organized regular manhunts against the Yaquis from 1904 – 1909, which culminated in a total war against the tribe. The photographs show Mexican soldiers standing guard against the Indians and pictures of the Yaquis in their homes and settlements; the most dramatic show the hanging of a Yaqui from a tree, and show six male Yaquis being blindfolded with their arms tied behind their backs; the next shows the dead Yaquis on the ground posed with Mexican officials. These last are identified in pencil on the verso as Guaymas (on the Gulf of California).
43 [California] India Rubber Warehouse.
COMPLETE CALIFORNIA OUTFITS…Tents,
Haversacks, Saddle Bags, Clothing Bags,
Provision Bags, Canteens, Bottles, Gun Covers,
and every article essential to A COMPLETE
OUTFIT FOR THE GOLD REGION. [Boston]:
Coolidge & Wiley, Printers, 12 Water Street,
. Imperial folio broadside, 14 ½ x 10 ½
inches, printed on very thin paper (slightly
wrinkled) but in fine condition; housed in mylar
The location of Coolidge & Wiley printers
comes from Sabin 36518 (which has them
printing a book in 1848 in Boston). No copies of
this broadside in OCLC. Not in Shaw and
Shoemaker, nor in American Antiquarian Society. I have not been able to find any other
“India Rubber” advertisements for the California Gold Fields, though the use of “India Rubber” for Western expeditions endured for some time; in 1859 a J.M. Bart of St. Louis advertised “India Rubber Clothing” for gentlemen heading to the Colorado Gold fields.
44 [California] Upham, Samuel C. Original
Archive of this California Gold Rush Author,
including the following: Unpublished Auto-
biographical Manuscript Account, 18 pp., May 6,
1878; A Few Separate Manuscript Letters to
Upham, various persons; Upham’s Personal
Scrapbook Album with approximately 27
Autograph Letters to Upham attached, most
1877-1878, (many on letterhead of either Society
of California Pioneers, Territorial Pioneers of
California, or the Associated Pioneers of the
Territorial Days in California); Approximately
20 Pieces of Printed Ephemera (Programs,
Invitations) Including the Publisher’s Prospectus
for his book, Notes of a Voyage to California via
Cape Horn; Original Invitation to Reception for
Gen’l John C. Fremont, Governor of Arizona
Territory, August 1, 1878, with Ticket of Admission and Autograph note signed by
Fremont to Upham (see Photo); in addition there are numerous newspaper clippings, with
either News of Upham or his Writings. WITH: Joaquin Miller, Original Holograph Manuscript, Undated, 2 pp., Send Regrets. The album has the front cover detached, but generally very good or better condition.
Samuel C. Upham, a pioneer journalist of Sacramento and San Francisco (one of theoriginal proprietors of the Sacramento Transcript), is most well known for his California book, Notes of a Voyage to California (selected by the Zamarano 80, #76, for inclusion as one of the best books on California). The autobiographical manuscript, which is unpublished, contains details of his life which supplement his gold rush experiences published in his book. As noted above, the original publisher’s prospectus of this book is included in the scrapbook album, which seems to be a variant of the one in the California State Library. There seem to no manuscript holdings for Upham’s papers in any institution on OCLC, though both the Bancroft and the Huntington have an collection of printed ephemera from the Associated Pioneers of the Territorial Days of California (with which Upham was associated); Yale also has a small collection of Upham songsheets and ephemera. A great collection of imprints, manuscripts, and ephemera dealing with the California memories of an early pioneer author.[Top]
45 [Cattle] Jackson, W.H. and S. A. Long. The
Texas Stock Directory or Book of Marks and
Brands. San Antonio: Printed at the Herald
Office, 1865. Square 12mo, original teal printed
boards (light edge wear to boards, small pieces
of cover printed missing), brown muslin spine
(reinforced), 402 pp., (two leaves in expert sympathetic facsimile – pp. 235-236, and pp. 289-290), 50 pp. [ads]., complete. Housed in custom calf clamshell case with protective mylar covers.
First edition of an extraordinarily rare brand (the first Texas, preceded only by the Deseret Brand book of 1850). Adams HERD 1142, which calls for salmon or gray boards, not noting these teal boards (Graff 2180 is in salmon). This copy without any manuscript corrections, as noted by Adams in some copies. Reese SIXSCORE 62: “This fragile book is seldom found in good condition.” Vandale TEXIANAMETER 95. Not in the Streeter Sale. The last copy found in a dealer’s catalogue was Goodspeed’s in 1967; certainly some copies had sold since then, but not very many; needless to say, no copies for sale online.
I appraised the Library of Senator Ralph W. Yarborough in the mid-1990s, and he would regale me with stories of his acquisitions while I was working; this book was one (of two) that he regretted passing on in the early 1930s. He was a Federal Judge in Austin when someone approached him with a copy for sale for ten dollars. But after carefully thinking it over, he decided to pass, because he was concentrating on Confederate Imprints at that time, and by 1865 San Antonio was in Union control, and the book was not a Confederate imprint.[Top]
46 [Cattle] Proceedings of the National Convention of Cattle Growers Held at the
Coates Opera House, Kansas City, Mo.,…Under the Auspices of the Consolidated Cattle
Growers’ Association of the United States. Chicago: John Morris Printing Co., 1887. 8vo,
original gray printed wrappers (smoke stain on spine with tiny pieces missing, dampstain to lower right portion of wrappers and interior pages), 91 + [20 unnumbered] pp., four pages of unrelated matter before title. Housed in a gray library cloth clamshell with black spine.
Not in Adams, HERD, where it would have been listed between the National Convention programs for 1886 (HERD 1599) and the one in 1894 (HERD 1600). OCLC shows UT-Austin plus four other non-Western collecting libraries. These National Convention programs are also rare to the trade; the Eberstadts had the program for the Denver 1898 session in 1964, and the Jenkins Company had an 1883 program in 1983. The Board of Directors and the officers had many of the leading cattlemen of the country participating, including Alvin H. Sanders and John Clay, Jr. of Chicago, Thomas Sturgis of Wyoming, and Granville Stuart of Monanta, as well as Isaac Prior of Austin. A very rare record of the history of the Cattle trade.[Top]
47 [Cattle] Tait, J.S. The Cattle Fields of the Far
West, Their Present and Future. Edinburgh &
London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1884. 8vo,
original stiff tan printed boards, [2, ads] 71 pp.,
[2, ads]. Spine reinforced at some point, light
wear and small pieces missing from cover
board, couple of edge chips, but generally very
good. Housed in a fairly ugly library cloth
slipcase, but at least protected.
First edition. The last copy found at auction was
the Braislin Sale 1757 (in 1927): “Cattle industry
in the West, especially southwest Texas.” Howes
T8 (noting two copies, Graff 4057 and the
Library of Congress). Reese SIX-SCORE 107
(writing in 1989): “It is perhaps the most
masterful piece of promotion written during the
cattle boom of the 1880s. This book has proved
among the rarest of works on the cattle industry. I do not know of any copies on the market in the last twenty years.” The only other copy of this book I have ever seen was in Senator’s Yarborough’s Texas Collection, whichwas in blue wrappers and which went to the University of Texas. It make’s sense that the Senator would fine one in Washington, D.C. – This copy has Tait’s business address written on the covers, with his signature “J. Selwin Tait, 2016 “O” Street N.W., Washington, D.C.” Includes information about the Matador Land and Cattle Company in Texas, as well as ads for the Maxwell Cattle Company (presumably New Mexico), and a letter from Wyoming ranch magnate John Swan. Tait’s offices had agents in Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth, as well as Denver and Cheyenne.
48 [Civil War] Beard, E. J. H. Archive of 59 Civil War Letters, August 3, 1864 – June 17, 1865, plus an additional 11 post-Civil War Letters, 1867-1875, and one typed letter from 1918 recounting his early life experiences. Together 59 letters with 240 pages of war-date content plus 12 letters with 47 pages of personal and non-war datecontent, for a total of
approximately 287 pages. Condition of letters is generally excellent (a couple of exceptions are letter 43, which is lightly foxed andclosely written in pencil, however, the transcript shows quite an interesting battlefield letter,) the letters are written in a fine, easily readable hand; in addition, the collection includes quite a number of Civil War postal covers. Housed in a binder with mylar sleeves. Partial transcripts available.
A very large group of letters (nearly 300 manuscript pages) from a young man educated
at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York who enlisted in the 91st New York Infantry. Beard writes while his regiment is on the road to Appomattox; he is a prolific letter writer and his observations show a keen intellect and interest in his surroundings. Then while
stationed at City Point on Sept. 20th, 1864, he writes, “We hear at intervals the booming of the Petersburg siege guns and last night the rebs were said to have made a foraging raid within a short distance of camp…. I am not sorry that I enlisted, it is too big a thing not to have a hand in… I feel it is a glorious cause & that there can be no fail.” This gives some idea of his literacy and the great readability of his letters. On March 29th, after leaving Fort McHenry, he writes: I was in the front rank and your prayers were answered, Dear Sister, as the man (Phelps) next on my left was shot dead & the one on my right was wounded… the enemy as you will know ere this reaches you were beaten…marched until about upon the next day and came upon the enemy. This time it was their turn to be flanked and we did most everlastingly drive them charging them through the thickets and swamps where they were concealed driving them miles on the double quick and completely flanking them capturing thousands and taking their cannon… The skunks had made miles of breast works, and we surprised them by coming in on the back side, instead of in front. We cared but little if the [minnie] balls did fall like hail stones we did a glorious thing and took Richmond.” A great group of very readable Civil War letters.
49 [Civil War] May, William, Capt. THE OLD
FLAG. CAMP FORD TYLER. SMITH COUNTY,
TEXAS. February 17, March 1, March 13, 1864.
Vol. 1, Numbers 1 to 3 (all issued). With three
page printed addenda, List of Officers Prisoners
of War at Camp Ford, and with 1 page cover
introduction. Some browning but very good.
Rare. The Old Flag was the handwritten
production of Capt. May (23rd Conn.) to
entertain the Union prisoners at Camp Ford
and was circulated by hand; after his release, he
took the 3 issues home (badly worn) and had a
lithographed set of 50 copies produced at
Bridgeport, Conn., in October of 1864. “The Old
Flag was published during an imprisonment of 13 months in Tyler, Texas, upon a sheet of unruled letter paper, in imitation of print, with a steel pen.” Camp Ford was named for John ‘Rip’ Ford. Eberstadt 114:768: “One of the most remarkable periodicals.” There was a souvenir reproduction done in 1914 of these three lithographed papers, also called The Old Flag, which is sometimes found in the trade, but this original 1864 production is much rarer. No copies online.
50 [Civil War] Scott, S.S., Acting Commissioner. Report, Confederate States of America, War Department, Office of Indian Affairs. Richmond, Va.: March 8, 1862. 8vo, disbound, 41
pp., light foxing and browning to paper. Housed in mylar sleeve.
First edition of a rare Confederate imprint, the report from the Office of Indian Affairs. Parrish & Willingham 1661 (finding 5 libraries, but only Gilcrease in Oklahoma). OCLC finds only Duke (also listed in P&W). The Eberstadts had a copy of Scott’s 1863 26 page Indian Affairs report (130:173, in 1952) but not this lengthy, earlier one. This report is particularly timely, because between July and October 1861, the Confederate States were moving quickly to enter into separate treaties with the major tribes in the Indian Territory; among those treated in this report are the Choctaws, the Chickasaws, and the Cherokees: “I have alluded to the military spirit which animates these people… they have, in large numbers, unhesitatingly flocked to the Confederate flag, for the purpose of protecting their country, and driving the invaders, along with their renegade Indian allies, from its soil.” In particular, Scott is referring to the report by Gen. Pike of copies of
treaty papers captured which “show what appliances [by the U.S.] have been used to
seduce the Indians and make them disloyal to us;” this last referred to the Wichitas, Choctaws and Chickasaws, as well as the text of an appeal from the Shawnee to the Creek, urging them to stay in the ‘Union.” An important report on affairs from Indian Territory during the Civil War; P&W list only three of these reports, with three other documents, for a total of six imprints. (See number for another Confederate Texas item).
51 [Cody, W.F.] Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.
America’s National Entertainment. By the Famed
Scout and Guide, Buffalo Bill. Hartford, Conn.:
Calhoun Printing Co., . 8vo, original
chromolithograph color wrappers, [32 pp.], light
edge wear and chips to edges, paper showing
light wear, generally very good.
Graff 785 has a record for this 1884 work, but
their copy lacks the chromolithograph color
wrappers present here (as do other copies
which I have occasionally seen for sale; I have
never seen a copy with the chromo wrappers
until now). Eberstadt 128:179, being the only
bibliographic sale record in the trade. The
interior of the work contains extensive
biographies of the show persons and gaudy
woodcut illustrations. A nice example of the emerging national fascination with the West.
52 [Colorado] Map of the Pike’s Peak Gold
Districts. New York: The Weekly Herald,
September 1, 1860. Vol. XXIV, No. 35. Elephant
folio newspaper, excellent condition. The map
occupies the top center of the newspaper and
measures approximately 7 ½ x 4 ½ inches (not
including the title).
The map is very interesting, showing Denver as
being in Kansas, while the Nebraska line is
shown just south of Boulder City; Middle Park
and North Park are identified as parts of Utah.
Among the locations shown on the map are
Bayou Salade Valley, Tarryall Diggings, Blue
Diggings, Colorado City and others; roads
include the Golden City and South Park Road,
Jefferson, Fort St. Vrain; the California Road
goes north from Denver City, while the ‘New
Express Road’ heads northeast from Denver,
and the ‘Old Express road’ heads southeast
from Denver. In addition, the entire front page
is occupied with information about the mines and cities of the Pike’s Peak regions, and there are two additional columns inside the paper with more information about the Gold Districts of the “Rocky Mountains,” as well as an extensive history of the discoveries. No bib. references found for this item worthy of further study.
53 [Colorado] Chrysolite Silver Mining Company. Organized Under the Laws of New
York. Silver Mines Situate on Fryer Hil, Leadville, Colorado. New York: Gildersleeve,
1880. Imperial 4to, original lavender wrappers showing some chipping and wear, 32 pp.,
without the folding plan as noted in copies on OCLC. Housed in a clamshell case. This
prospectus is very rare to the trade, with no bibliographic references found. Includes reports on the mines, prospects, and company officers.
54 [Custer, George B.] Book signed in pencil on
upper part of copyright page: “Gen GA Custer
Fort Lincoln Dakota.” The book is Harte, Francis
Bret. The Luck of the Roaring Camp and Other
Sketches. Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1870.
The signature and writing is clear and distinct;
the book itself shows worn cloth, with rear
board separated. There is a wood box display
case with a locking glass top that accompanies
the purchase if desired.
This is only the second book to surface with
Custer’s autograph signature, (the other is his
Bible, first sold at Butterfield’s in 1995 and
resold last year at auction). This book is descended from the estate of Clara Morris, a New York actress, whom Custer greatly admired. Incredibly, Clara Morris wrote her reminiscence of this copy of her book in Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly (Vol. 52, 1901, pp. 415-416). Apparently after Custer’s massacre, she had been accustomed to using this copy to help prompt her to cry on stage when needed, since the memory of Custer so affected her. “The other day when I had been writing of the source of stage tears, I took that battered old copy of the ‘Luck of the RoaringCamp,’ which used to be called my tear-bottle, and before returning it to it’s shelf, I absently fluttered some pages over…[here she describes a short list of directions for a journey West, written at the back of the book, now no longer present] What on earth is it all about? I asked myself. I turned the leaf to find the beginning, and lo! As the tears rushed into my eyes, I found myself ambushed and powerless before memories, grave and gay, as they sprang from
the honored name there, stretching it’s penciled length across the page, of Gen. George A.
Custer [perhaps another artistic liberty – actually ‘Gen. G A Custer’]. He had written it
himself as he sat upon the dressing shelf.” Apparently Custer had some time to kill while
she prepared herself for the stage, or perhaps he was reading to her – in any event, he could not restrain correcting Harte’s prose at the top of page 3, where Harte had written “was indebted to his company” Custer has lined through the word ‘to’ and replaced it with ‘for’ written above it. Clara Morris was an actress who achieved great success in the 1870s. After her death this book passed to her biographers, Mr. and Mrs. George MacAdams, and it subsequently sold at a postal auction gallery where it was purchased by the deceased consigner in 1974. A great association copy.
55 [Illinois] Chase, Philander, Bishop of Illinois.Documents Relating to an Association in
England for the Discouragement of Duelling. [Peoria?, Ill., 1848] Small 4to broadside printed on 4 page blank folder (one leaf with postal cover). Light browning, else very good. Bishop Chase wrote from Jubilee College (six miles west of Peoria), where he prints a letter fromFrancis Maude of the association against dueling, and adds here his own endorsements. OCLC locates only 2 (Huntington and Virginia).
56 [Illinois] Collection of 15 Chicago Ante-Fire Daily Financial Sheets from Banking Houses,
1866-1868. 8vo broadsides, varying sizes, no printers listed. Very good. These financial sheets were used to quote daily prices for stocks and bonds in Chicago, and form important
documentary evidence for the emergence of that city as a center for trade and finance after
the Civil War. Daily Financial Letter of Scripps, Preston & Kean, Bankers, 47 Clark Street (Nov. 30, 18660; Daily Quotations. Tyler, Ullmann & Co., Lake & Dearborn Sts. (April 9, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, 21, Dec. 14, 16, 1868); Opening Quotations, 10 A.M. Banking House of Lunt, Preston & Kean, 47 South Clark St. (Oct. 9, 26, 29, Nov. 9, 10, 21, 27, 1868). An important collection.
57 [Indian Wars] Palmer, H. E. The Powder River Indian Expedition, 1865. A Paper Read
Before the Nebraska Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United
States. February 2, 1887. Omaha: The Republican Company, 1887. 8vo, wrappers lacking and rusting to staples, 59 pp., housed in custom blue library cloth folding case. With numerous pencil corrections and additions, most probably by the author.
First edition of a very unusual regimental; Palmer was in command of a group of captured
Confederates (who had served with John Morgan) who formed the 11th Ohio, with the pledge they would fight only against Indians and not the South. Captain Palmer set out with his troops in August, 1864, and most of this pamphlet is taken from his diary of the
expedition. He describes the Indian attacks on settlers and wagon trains in Thayer county,
Nebraska, which he attributed to Cheyenne under the leadership of Black Kettle. Interestingly, Palmer also relates details about Col. Chivington’s attack (massacre) on the
Cheyenne and Black Kettle at Sand Creek, “He attacked them just after daylight after a 40 mile ride in the dark by the troops. The Indians were surprised, and according to the very best estimates, fiver or six hundred were killed – men, women and children.” Howes P46. Graff 3170. This account was reprinted in the Nebraska State Historical Society Transactions, but the last 15 pages of this pamphlet (an addenda containing an early expedition to the Big Horn country) were omitted from that journal. Only one record of sale in the trade in the last 100 years; Peter Decker in 1946; all other records, including the Braislin Sale in 1927, are for the reprint in the Nebraska Historical Society Transactions. Not in Eberstadt or Streeter. A great, early and rare Wyoming narrative.
58 [Indian Wars] Taylor, Zachary. ARCHIVE OF
FOUR LETTERS SIGNED AND ONE
DOCUMENT SIGNED, WITH AUTOGRAPH
NOTE SIGNED BY WINFIELD SCOTT, 1832-
1843. Approximately 14 pp., in ink, all very
readable in fine condition. Housed in mylar
covers and binder.
A great archive of letters from the hero of the
War of 1812, relating to Indian Wars and affairs
between 1832 to 1843. The first two letters are
from the Black Hawk War (written just after
accepting Black Hawk’s surrender; August 23,
1832 and Nov. 24, 1833); the first of these is a
lengthy six page letter reporting on the condition of the troops after the Black Hawk
War, including a recommendation that troops move every month or two through posts along the Mississippi river in Indian country, and he evinces an a strong egalitarian streak when he asks for permission to stop the practice of officers hiring soldiers to work as their ‘personal waiters or servants,” and this would stop the ‘dissentions which daily take place.” The third letter (Dec. 21, 1838), which is exceptionally important and contains Taylor’s account of his expedition against the Indians in Florida: “I left that place (Fort Clench) with one company of dragoons, for Fort Fanning, which I reached in the evening of the 9th, having passed four days on the way examining the swamps and hammocks for the enemy… The Indians had stopped a train of four wagons belonging to citizens near Wacfassa? And robbed the drivers’ negros of their clothing and wagon covers. I determined… to have the country between the Sewanee and Talahassee completely scoured and the enemy driven from it before I left. I reached here (Fort Frank Brooke, Dead Man’s Bay) the 17th… Several reconnoitering parites had been sent out in various directions, one of whom fell in with and captured one Indian who afterwards made his escape. Many recent signs of them were found indicating that they were in considerable force… Some outbuildings within three miles of Black Creek were burnt by the hostiles (where there were from three to four hundred troops) who also fired on the house, in which there was a woman and six or seven children, the elder of whom, a boy of 15 or 16, having discharged a gun, the Indians, if Indians they were, ran off, he also states that a cart accompanied by two men was robbed by the hostiles in the same section of country where Tuppin’s family was murdered… all of which from reports appears to have been committed by a few Indians and one Negro… I fear nothing else will satisfy the people of East Florida, and also a portion of those of middle Florida, short of bringing the whole of them into the service of the United States.”; the final letter is from Fort Smith, Arkansas (April 8, 1843) and contains an enclosed letter from the Choctaw Agency (included here) with Taylor’s recommendations for Fort Washita (this letter has an autograph note on the verso from Winfield Scott endorsing Taylor’s course: “Being now of the opinion that the post should be continued and completed.” A great archive of letters written from the Black Hawk and Seminole Indian Wars, as well as the West, from the general who became 12th President of the U.S. There have been two small archives of Taylor letters (3 in each) over the past twenty years; one, from the Mexican War period; the other group, written from Fort Smith (1841-42, same as the last in this collection), was in the Siebert Sale of 1999; in 1993 one Seminole War letter of Taylor’s (content similar to this one). Taylor was remarkable for the care he showed for his men (as shown in the first letter here); they responded by giving him the sobriquet of ‘Old Rough and Ready.”
59 [Map – Colorado] Fosdick, H.M. Plan of the
Cities of Denver, Auraria and Highland.
Jefferson Terr. Boston: Published by H.M.
Fosdick and L.N. Tappan, Lithographed by
Meisell Bros., 1859. Original green cloth pocket
folders with gilt title on upper board. There is a
lithograph signature of Fosdick on the map
dated 1859 (sometimes mistakenly identified as
an autograph signature). Map measures
approximately 21 ½ x 27 inches (on a slightly
larger sheet with blank margins, light blue
drafting pencil outlining a tract over some of
the lots; some age toning and light spotting to map, a splits along creases (some closed with
archivally safe tape), but generally a good copy of a very rare map.
A legendary rarity, the circumstances of which are recounted in Graff 1386: “This map was the subject of a long search by the government, but remained undiscovered until 1897. In that year a clerk in the U.S. Land Office, acting under instructions from Washington, finally located the map in the vaults of the Land Office in Denver and the discovery was announced.” Not in Streeter Sale or Phillips, Maps. Not in Wheat. Some idea of the rarity of this map is given by knowing that the Eberstadts never had one in their catalogues. I also had the privilege of handling the other copy to appear in the trade, which I sold to a collector; that only copy was the only one to appear at auction for at least the last 100 years.[Top]
60 [Map – Louisiana] Norman, B.M. Norman’s
Plan of New Orelans & Environs. New Orleans:
Published by B.M. Norman, No. 16 Camp Street,
Engraved by Shields & Norman, No. 2 Camp St.,
1845. 12mo, original red cloth embossed covers
(showing light wear) with gilt title on upper
boards, and original bookseller label on inside
pastedown “From Norman’s Book, Stationary,
Printing, Binding, Establishment. No. 16 Camp
Street, NEW ORLEANS.” Map is printed on
banker-style paper and measures approximately
17 ½ inches high x 24 inches wide, and is
handcolored in green, blue, red, brown and
yellow. Small repair on one fold, with small
amount of browning along the pastedown, but
otherwise quite a nice copy.
Not recorded in Phillips, OCLC or Rumsey (all of which do have the 1845 version with
Moellhausen’s name featured in the title; that version is found in nine locations on OCLC).
Other differences between this variant and the one with Moellhausen’s name in the title (as seen in the online picture at the Library of Congress) are that the title is in different
typefaces and more importantly, the map extends and covers different areas than on the
Moellhausen version. For example, in Gretna (across the river in the Southwest section) the Moellhausen map shows only Front street and part of Second street (13 partial and full blocks); this map extends to Third street (18 full and partial blocks). Another change is seen in the river route of the St. Mary’s Market Steam Ferry, which is shown running on the Mississippi between Joseph Street (printed ‘St. Joseph’ in the Moellhausen map) and pier 28 in Lafayette and then across to Gretna; this route is not shown on the Moellhausen map. The list of references at the bottom of the map is also very different; in the Moellhausen map the businesses are categorized by subject, but in this map they are all listed under “References.” In addition, the numbering is different for the businesses; in this map there are four references for banks, numbered ‘1’ to ‘4’, but in the Moellhausen map there are six banks listed (and they are numbered differently – ‘8’ to ‘13’. In addition, the Moellhausen map has 75 numbered items, while this map has 71 numbered (and 2 unnumbered). The ‘Explanations’ key in the Moellhausen map has five items listed – municipal boundaries, wards, fire boundaries, the elevation of the city and the ¼ mile circles; but this map has a 75 word explanation of the city, plus an unusual scale showing the number of tenements to a mile, so that you can more easily gauge the distance
traveled. In the MacDonogh neighborhood, the Moellhausen map goes to Anson street, but this map includes one more – Herschel street. Careful study and comparison will certainly
show other differences between these two maps, but it seems apparent that generally the
Moellhausen map has more detailed information, leading me to believe that this map
was issued and published as the first issue, and then Moellhausen was brought on for a
corrected and improved version later that same year.
61 [Map – Texas] Creuzbar, Robert. De
Cordova’s Map of Texas Compiled from the
Records of the General Land Office of the State,
by Robert Creuzbaur. Austin, 1867. Original
folding pocket covers with gilt title; map
measures 35 x 31 ½ from ornamental border to
ornamental border; inset map, Plan Showing
Lines of Communication Between Western
Texas and Pacific Coast, measuring 9 ½ x 11
inches; nice, bright coloring, with splitting
expertly repaired. Fine.
The last map of Texas published during De
Corbova’s lifetime (he died in 1868). Taliaferro
Cartographic Sources 295: “De Cordova
commissioned Robert Creuzbar, an employee of
the Texas General Land Office, to compile this map from the agency’s records. The result is a very accurate and detailed map.” This 1867 issue shows the upper part of West Texas as “Young Territory,” apparently the only version of this map with that destination (not in the 1861 nor 1871 versions – see detail in photo). This area, also known as Young Land District, was set apart by the legislature of Texas for the settlement of the approximately twenty native Indian tribes of Texas. Interestingly, there is no article on the Young Land District in the Handbook of Texas (See Fannie M. Clarke, “A Chapter in the History of Young Territory,” TSHAQ (1905) 9: 51-62). Copies of thefollowing printings of this map are located: 1849, 1851, 1853, 1856, 1857, 1866 and 1872; there are 1870 and 1871 editions in private hands; this 1867 is not located.
62 [Mexico] Oval Oil Painting Portrait on
Wood: EL GENRAL FRANCISCO VILLA. Signed
in the lower right, “P. Gomez, 1917.” Oval oil
portrait measures approximately 20 x 14 inches
and is housed in a custom Mexican tinwork
frame, which measures approximately 3 inches
in width around the entire portrait, and has five
raised tin rosettes (a sixth one, at the bottom of
the frame, is missing). Label of tinsmith on
verso: “Timoteo Barraza, El Estado de
Chihuahua.” Tinwork is rusted, but portrait is
generally very good.
A great patriotic portrait of one of the Heroes
of the Mexican people during the Revolution.
Pancho Villa is more well-known in the U.S. for
his attack on Columbus, New Mexico, on March
9, 1916, which instigated Pershing’s Expedition to Mexico. While Pershing chased Villa in
Mexico he went back into U.S. territory, and on the night of May 5, 1916, attacked the small community of Glen Spring, Texas (in presentday Big Bend National Park, Southwestern Brewster County) – killing four Americans (see HANDBOOK OF TEXAS 3:189 “Glenn Spring Raid”). Ironically, Maj. Gen. Funston had denied Governor Ferguson’s request for troops to be station in Big Bend to protect the citizens there. The result of the raid was that permanent cavalry camps were established at more than a dozen locations in the Big Bend, including Glenn Spring and La Noria, near Boquillas. General Villa may have had political aspirations (for President) but they ended with his assassination in 1923. Here Villa sits astride his horse, with his famous saddle depicted in the painting (showing Villa’s head; this saddle can be seen in the Villa Museum in Chihuahua). Behind Villa the rays of the sun seem to portray a new beginning for Mexicans, while his name is decorated with laurels.
63 [Missouri] Munch, Federico. Villani, Tiberio, trans. Lo Stato Missuri, Manuale per
L’Emigrazione Tedesca. Reggio Nell’ Emilia, [Italy]: Stefano Calderini e Comp., 1868. 8vo,
original green printed wrappers, [LXIII pp. preface] + 180 pp., uncut.
This edition of a guide to Missouri for Italian immirgants is not listed in Howes M878, which notes the original German edition from New York in 1858, plus one in Germany and an 1875 edition in NY) is not just a translation; the author has written a 63 page preface
highlighting the advantages to the United States and Missouri. The author, Munch, settled as a farmer in Missouri and was in the state legislature from 1862 to 1866; he also wrote the first book on American grape varieties, and founded the Mount Pleasant Winery. One copy only of this Italian edition listed on OCLC (Kansas City), and not listed in St. Louis Mercantile Library.
64 [Montana] Bullock, Seth. Original Manuscript Journal, “Journal of Yellowstone Expeditionary Corps.” Approximately 46 unnumbered pages, in pencil in Bullock’s hand, dated August 23rd
to September 20, 1872. Recorded in ledger volume with spine missing, signatures loose, early burn marks from fire to edges. With ink notation on cover signed by Bullock and dated at Deadwood, D.T., 1879, and three penciled maps and notes in Bullock’s hand. Housed in custom cloth case with leather spine label. Provenance: James O. Aplan Collection (with his distinctive red library stamp in several places; collector and dealer in South Dakota); purchased en bloc by a collector in the 1980s.
Bullock’s importance to Montana and Western
history can hardly be overestimated; the
Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography I:190, noting that Bullock arrived in Helena in 1867; he
served in the Montana Territorial Senate in 1871-1872, and in the late summer of 1872 “he
and others made a horseback reconnaissance of the Yellowstone area, Bullock keeping a journal of their expedition”, he was elected Sheriff of Lewis and Clark County in 1873, having theprevious year faced down a lynch mob and carried out the first legal hanging in Montana; in 1876 he moved to Deadwood, first becoming Sheriff and later U.S. Marshall; he was a lifelong friend of Theodore Roosevelt. There are several factors that influence the price of this journal. First, it is in the hand of one of the legendary lawmen of the West; Secondly, Bullock’s fame has increased with time (most recently due to the success of the HBO series, Deadwood). Third, there are few manuscript sources for Bullock’s adventures. Fourth, this is one of the earliest accounts of the exploration of Yellowstone.
65 [Montana] Maguire, Edward and Julius J.
Durage, cartographers. MONTANA TERRITORY. PREPARED BY ORDER OF MAJ. GENL. W.S. HANCOCK. [Washington, D.C.?] 3rd
Edition, 1878. Two large sheets mounted on
contemporary linen, to be carried in the field,
measuring approximately 31 x 49 ¾ inches from
ruled border to ruled border, on a larger sheet
with blank margins. Map and linen is folded
and creased, but generally clean; approximately
five intersections at folds on the map have torn
away; though these are smaller they do affect a
couple of names of places. With additional manuscript notations in ink and pencil on the map by General Thomas H. Ruger.
General Ruger’s copy of a rare Indian War’s map, with his additional manuscript notations. There were three editions of this map (the first of 1872 by Capt. Heap, the second of 1875 by Capt. Ludlow, and this third edition of 1878; all very rare). This very large map has a scale of one inch to twelve miles. The manuscript notations reflect General Ruger’s concern with transporting troops and supplies for the Indian Wars; among the notations in ink are the following: in the lower Southwest corner Rugers has inked in the ‘Salmon’ River with two forks in ink, and one is identified as “Mormon Fork Salmon River”; Near the same area, he has written, “Road could be crossed between Red Bank Cr. And the Madison Country by following up and down guides from ranches” (apparently the Madison River); in another place “Trail to Salmon not a wagon road – could be but would require considerable work”; “Canyon of Big Hole only passable at low water”; “bunch of high mountains in the bend of the Big Hole no way across”; in the center of the map, over scribbled out pencil, is written in ink “Bull Mountains a high ridge top and sides covered with pine and rocks”; at the top of the map is written two tables of distances in ink, one for Fort Assiniboine to Fort Belnap and the other for Fort Belnap to Beaver Lodge Creek; besides these, there are many other small ink notations and additions. Military field maps for the West are among the rarest.[Top]
66 [Mormon] Browne, Charles Farrer. ARTEMUS WARD AMONG THE MORMONS. Melodeon, Washington Street, For Six Nights More. Boston: F.A. Searle, Steam Printer, . 8vo, self-wrappers, 4 pp., browned.
Artemus Ward made a pretty good living from
the Mormons, based on the surviving programs of his talk series; among the points in the
lecture were “Heber C. Kimball’s Harem – Mr. Kimball is a kind husband and a numerous
father,” and “Brigham Young and His Wives – the pretty girls in Utah mostly marry Young.” Richard Cracroft did an article in BYU Studies, “Distorting Polygamy for Fun and Profit,” which took a light look at Ward and Twain pointing fun at polygamy. No copies online.
67 [Mormon] Brixen, Andrew C. Birds-Eye
View of Salt Lake City. Valley House, Opposite
Temple and Tabernacle. [Chicago: Conc &
Chandler, 1883] Large double-folding
lettersheet, back side is wood-engraved birdseye view measuring approximately 11 x 17 inches,
opposite side is lettersheet on one side “Office
of the Valley House, Salt Lake City, Utah 188_”;
other side is key to principal points of interest
in Salt Lake City, and below that is “Mark
Twain’s Idea of What a Hotel Should Be” with
24 ‘rules.’ Light browning, creased fold split on
left side, small tear with missing area on right
border, but generally very good.
A very rare and unrecorded lettersheet birdseye view of Salt Lake City (from the Northwest, looking Southeast), with numbered points of interest found on the key, including Walker Bros. Opera House, Fort Douglas, street car lines, Warm Spring Creek and Warm Spring Bath Houses, irrigation creek, a race park, the Jordan River, the Utah Western R.R., the Union Depot and the D & RG depot; the map goes as far west as 7th West; the southern portion of the city ended at 8th South; Sugar House is shown
as a separate community on the hill. Not located on OCLC (which does have birds-eye
views for Salt Lake City listed for 1867, 1870, 1875, and 1891). Not in Reps. I have not been able to locate a bibliographic citation for ‘Mark Twain’s Idea of What A Hotel Should Be,’ but the twenty-four rules are obviously humorous and meant to entertain: “7. Every Guest will have the best seat in the dining hall and the best waiter…. And, of course, especially number 24: “N.B. – All rival landlords with a kleptomaniac disposition are fraternally invited to appropriate this for their own use…as it is copyrighted.”
68 [Mormon] Sketches of Travel, and Tales of Foreign Countries. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman & Co, 115 Nassau St., [ca. 1849-50]. Small square 8vo, original embossed cloth showing wear, hinges little loose, a few spots of foxing inside, illustrated with woodcuts, including view of Nauvoo with Temple.
Unusual children’s book, but with one chapter (2 pp.) “Nauvoo is one of the most noted cities in the valley of the Mississippi…The city was founded by the Mormons… The Mormons were rapidly increasing in numbers when their neighbors of Illinois became displeased withtheir conduct; they abandoned their fine city and wandered into the wilderness west of the Mississippi. Nauvoo is now a small town. But it has a fine situation. The Temple of the Mormons remains standing, but it has been damaged by fire.”[Top]
69 [Mormon] Simpson Mineral Spring, So. Easton, Mass. A Series of Four Fan-Shaped
Trade Cards, Showing Mormon Polygamy. [No place, ca. 1880s] The cards, cut in the shape of fans, measure approximately 4 x 3 inches each, and are meant to be humorous. Printed in Silver, Pink and Orange. Fine.
The first card show a little Victorian dandy with two ladies, each kneeling and taking one of his hands ; in the next card, he chooses one, takes her in arm while the other runs off; in the third card, the cast-off girl points a gun at her opponent (and one her own head); in the final card he takes both girls in hand under a sign in the background ‘Utah.”[Top]
70 [Mormon] TRIBUNE EXTRA! Brigham Young versus Apostates and Free Schools. Salt Lake City: Salt Lake Tribune Extra, April 15, 1873. Broadside, two tiny holes on browned paper, generally very good. OCLC finds only two locations (BYU and Wisconsin). The majority of this broadside is narrated by John Chislett: “In 1856 I took a company of emigrants from Zurich via Basle, Strasburg, Paris and London to Liverpool, and started them for this city. Under these circumstances I was called ‘to go to the valley.’ Ihad but 36 hours to prepare for the journey. I told the President at Liverpool I had no money, and only the clothes I stood in. He advanced me a little money, with which I bought a suit of rough clothing for the journey and gave me a passage by the Church emigration. For the cash advanced and cost of passage I gave my obligation to pay after arrival here. This, Sir, I paid into your office as soon as I was able. From the day I left Iowa City till the day I reached this city I worked like a slave in the interest of the company, life sometimes depending on my efforts. For a full account of the journey by hand-carts from Iowa City to Salt Lake City see my narrative in Stenhouse’s ‘Rocky Mountain Saints.’ The Church brought me, did it? Mr. Young, I walked every step of the road from Iowa City to Bridger, suffered hunger, thirst, cold, almost starvation, dug the graves of dozens of victims of your blind ambition, and after six years of constant toil, landed in this city without a dollar. You charged me eighty-three dollars for my suffering and labors, and I paid you, when I should have charged you ten times that amount.” Chislett’s account of the handcart expedition in Stenhouse indicates that he was sub-Captain of the 4th Company in the Willie Group. Despite the agitation he is expressing here, Chislett acknowledged in Stenhouse’s book (p. 325) that the suffering of that handcart company created bonds of friendship that withstood ‘the bitterness of Church discipline’ (after his excommunication from the Church). Any separately printed narrative from the Martin or Willie handcart company is exceedingly rare and almost never encountered in the market.[Top]
71 [Nebraska] Pattee & Gardiner. LAST NOTICE! Omaha Legal Enterprise. Grand Gift Concert in Aid of the Mercy Hospital at Omaha. [Omaha, 1872] Broadside, blue ink, 21 x 4 ½ inches, folded with tears at edges; WITH: Make Up Clubs! Omaha Legal Gift Enterprise in Aid of the Mercy Hospital. [Omaha, ca. 1872] 8vo handbill, blue pencil underlining, fine; WITH: Omaha Lottery, In Aid of Mercy Hospital. NO MORE TICKETS can be Furnished to Agents on Commission. [Omaha, ca. 1872] 8vo handbill, creased, very good. WITH: Grand Gift Concert in Aid of Mercy Hospital. IMPORTANT TO ALL. [Omaha, ca. 1872] 8vo, handbill, creased, else fine; WITH: LAST CHANCE! Relief for the Sick and Destitute. Omaha Legal Enterprise in Aid of Mercy Hospital. [Omaha, ca. 1872] 8vo handbill, folds and creasing. Very good. A collection of five broadside imprints from Nebraska Territory. The first broadside in this collection is Nebraska Imprints Inventory 269 (1 holding at Nebraska Hist.); all of the others are unrecorded and not in OCLC. A somewhat neglected subject in Western American scholarship is that of lotteries as public enterprises and scandals in the West. Eventually, this resulted in the U.S. banning the mailing of lottery tickets in 1890, effectively ending the useof public lotteries for benefits. One of the more infamous lotteries was that of Louisiana in the late 19th-century; but Nebraska was not alone; there were also lotteries in Wyoming and other Western states and territories.[Top]
72 [Nebraska] Pattee, J.M. Gen. Manager. OFFICE OF OMAHA LEGAL ENTERPRISE. We Guarantee Two Prizes. [Omaha, 1873] 8vo, handbill broadside, light spotting; WITH: CITIZENS’ MEETING.-LAST CHANCE. [Omaha, 1873] 8vo handbill broadside, light browning, very good. Two additional unrecorded Nebraska imprints for lottery benefitting the State Orphan Asylum from the next year.[Top]
73 [Nevada] Nevada Publishing Co. STOCK LEDGER. Virginia City: October 3, 1877, Vol. 1, No. 5. Folio broadsheet, dampstained at top on both sides, upper left blank missing (just nicking ornamental border), paper browned. Very rare; not listed in OCLC under either Series or Regular title; this newspaper not listed in Gregory, American Newspapers; not in Newspaper Collection, AAS. Lingenfelter & Gash, History of Nev. Newspapers, list a ‘Stock Report’ from 1877 for Virginia City, but not this ‘Stock Ledger’. The scout who found this told me that this newspaper lasted less than a week because it came out just before the crash in silver mining stocks. Besides stock prices and ads, the paper also has a directory of ‘Active Comstock Mines’ with information on each.[Top]
74 [New Mexico] Army of the West. Massacre of Gov. Bent and Other Americans at Taos! Battles of Canada, El Emboda, Taos, and Moro!! AMERICANS VICTORIOUS. Santa Fe, N.M.: Government Printing Office, Feb. 15th, 1847. Folio broadside, 15 ½ x 10 ½ inches, paper lightly browned. With contemporary ink writing at head, in the hand of the one of the printers: “W.W. Girt, Santa Fe, Feb. 17, ‘47” and with the names of the printers: “Nork, Girt and Jones, Printers.” Couple of small holes at folds repaired, addressed to correspondent in Glasglow, Mo. Highly important and unknown broadside narrative about the Taos Revolt. This broadsideis not merely announcement of the American victory, but also a detailed and previously unknown contemporary narrative source about the revolt, with more than 1,500 words narrating the events and persons. This broadsides tell the story of the “Taos Revolt’ including the announcement of the murder and scalping of Gov. Bent and seven others, and another nine were murdered two days later. “The number of Mexicans and Indians engages in this massacre, has been estimated at 300.” The broadside continues by describing how the news of the massacre came to Santa Fe by an Indian runner, as well as a circular letter to a priest at Santa Fe to encourage the revolt (but he turned it over to Colonel Price). The broadside continues in detail describing the Battle at Canada between Price and the New Mexican natives, the Battle at Emboda, and the taking of Taos. Included in a list of the Americans killed and wounded (of which only one surname seems to be Hispanic). The battle and attempt to take Moro is next described, with the Americans retreating to Las Vegas. But the arrival of Capt. Morin with one cannon resulted in the towns of lower and upper Moro being ‘razed to the ground’ while the insurgents fled to the mountains. The type used in this broadside matches that described as being used in the old Taos press of Father Martinez – in particular, all of the ‘w’s used in this broadside are simply inverted italic ‘m’s. This, of course, is because the letter ‘w’ is not used in Spanish, and is evidence of the typefaces coming from a Spanish source. See Wagner, “New Mexico Spanish Press,” NMHR (1937). The earliest English language (American press) broadside for New Mexico in the Streeter Sale is from 1850 (Streeter 425); the next earlier broadsides are three in Spanish, from January and February of 1847, but none of those are translations of this English printing (Streeter 417, 418, 419). Not in New Mexico Imprints and no copies found in any libraries on OCLC.[Top]
75 [New Mexico] Guide to the Maxwell Grant. 1 ¾ Million Acres in Colorado and New Mexico. Reliable Information to Land Seekers. Cheap Lands on Easy Terms. 10,000 Farms for Sale in the Serene, Sunny Clime of Colorado & New Mexico. Buffalo, N.Y.: Matthews, Northrup & Co., Art Printing, . 12mo, original gray printed wrappers (lacking rear wrapper), 32 pp., with a number of illustrations and maps. Some edge wear and chipping to wrappers. One of the rarest land promotionals for New Mexico; I have never seen one for sale. OCLC locates 1 only (Yale), and I was not able to find any bibliographic record. Includes a woodcut birds-eye view of Raton, New Mexico; woodcut view of irrigation ditches; quite crude photographic reproductions of irrigation ditch building in Vermejo; a map of the irrigation ditches on the Maxwell Grant; and other views of farming in the area. Includes information on cattle raising and alfalfa crops, as well as the ‘sure increase’ in land values due to droughts in the mid-West and the East.[Top]
76 [New Mexico] Keeler, B.C. Where to Go to Become Rich. Farmers, Miners, and Tourists Guide to Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. Chicago: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1880. 8vo, original illustrated buff printed wrappers, 180 pp., [12, ads], with numerous woodcut illustrations, and 3 full-page maps showing rail lines. A very nice copy. First and only edition. Surprisingly rare, with no copies listed online for sale, and bibliographic records showing only a couple of booksellers with copies (last public record was in 1959). Not in Eberstadt or Howes. OCLC finds only 3 copies in Arizona, 2 in Colorado, and 1 each in New Mexico and Kansas (besides a few others outside those areas). There are 10 pages on the cattle industry in these areas (Adams, HERD 1259 ‘Rare’), but the largest section by far in this book is on New Mexico, which covers pp. 57-103, with nice descriptive sections on Las Vegas, Bernal, San Miguel, Pecos, Glorieta, Santa Fe, Hemez, Taos, Cerillos, Albuquerque, White Oaks and other places of interest.[Top]
77 [Oregon Trail] Ingraham, William W. Archive of Eight Original Autograph Letters, July 28, 1847 to July 12, 1848, to His Brother, Edward, in Kickapoo, Peoria County, Illinois, 21 pages, in ink. One letter is written from Fort Leavenworth, four of the letters are written from Fort Kearney, and the last three letters are written from Grand Island, Nebraska. The letters all have postmarkings (including postage paid) from the following places: (2) Fort Leavenworth, hand-dated inside postmark, 10 cents; (5) High Creek, MO, hand cancelled, 10 cents; (1) Savannah, MO, hand-cancelled, 10 cents. Condition is generally very good or better, some splits at folds. Housed in protective mylar, with partial typed transcriptions of the letters. William Ingram enlisted at St. Louis in 1847 with the ‘Sublette Rangers’ (Oregon Battalion, Company A) during the Mexican War. “I am now on my way to the Rocky Mountains to kill Indians and hunt buffaloe…the city [St. Louis] was full of companies of horse and foot volunteers, either for Oregon, Mexico City, Santa Fe, California or Chihuahua…when the war with Mexico is over I am coming back again, when discharged at the end of the war I am entitled to 160 acres of land, I think I will take it somewhere in Oregon. I shall not be able to send letters home more than once a year.” Despite this last statement, he went on to write seven more letters, describing his Western experiences until his discharge in July of 1848 (when he gives his plans for returning home). He is a detailed writer about Army life on the plains, and mentions the Mormons at a couple of points in his letters: “There has been great excitement in the fort…the quartermaster refused the troops lumber for their quarters and sold it to the Mormons that moved into the camp… we were paid our four months wages the day before yesterday and now there is nothing but gambling and horse racing going on, there has been no less than 20 races today and it is not dinner time yet.” A very good group of unpublished letters by an educated soldier (who writes at one point about the ‘want of books’) from the forts on the Oregon Trail.[Top]
78 [Oregon Trail] WYETH, John B. Oregon; or a Short History of a Long Journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the region of the Pacific, by land; drawn up from the notes and oral information of John B. Wyeth, one of the party who left Mr. Nathaniel J. Wyeth, July 28th, 1832, four days’ march beyond the ridge of the Rocky Mountains, and the only one who has returned to New England. Cambridge, Mass.: printed for John B. Wyeth, 1833. 12mo signed in sixes (7 5/8 x 5 inches). Half-title, title without the 1- line erratum slip pasted to the verso. Original paper wrappers, the upper wrapper border of black rules with the letterpress title in the central panel “Wyeth’s / Oregon / Expediton.” (Wrappers lacking the backstrip and the lower cover, small corner of cover missing) Within a later red cloth chemise, all within a two-part red morocco slipcase lettered in gilt. First edition of the “first printed account of the first emigrant party to cross the plains” (Howes), and a famed high spot of Western Americana. This important and rare record is a milestone in the history of the exploration and settlement of the West, being an account of the first overland expedition across America witnessed by John B. Wyeth. He was a member of the group of emigrants led by his cousin Nathaniel Wyeth. Webster Jones, OREGON ONE HUNDRED: “This is a frank and bitingly critical little book written by young John B. Wyeth with all the vitality and brashness of youth to expose some of the worst features of the fur trade and the ‘Oregon fever.’…His engaging report spares no one. It is important because it gives another side of the picture, too often over-glamorized. Long an exceedingly rare narrative, it is seldom found with wrappers.” Departing from Cambridge, Massachusetts, in March 1832, the party travelled overland (via New Orleans and St. Louis) to Oregon and the Rockies in search of riches in the fur trade: they successfully crossed the Rockies and got to within 400 miles of the Pacific. The inspiration for the venture seems to have been “Hall J. Kelley’s pamphlets on the colonization of Oregon … From Kelley’s accounts it appears that Nathaniel Wyeth, Dr. Jacob Wyeth, and several other members of the company had originally enrolled in Kelley’s emigrating society” (Wagner-Camp). According to Sabin and Wagner-Camp the narrative was edited and possibly written by Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse. This copy does not include the 1-line erratum slip that is pasted to the verso of the title in a few copies. It seems possible that its absence (as in the Streeter, Graff and Bancroft copies) is an indication of its being an early issue, before the errors were detected. The work is rare in any form, but particularly in wrappers. Graff 4763; Howes W717; Streeter sale 2091; Tweney 88; Wagner-Camp 47.[Top]
79 [Outlaw] Union Pacific Railroad. DESCRIPTIONS OF MEN WHO ROBBED THE EXPRESS CAR AT BIG SPRINGS STATION, UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD, SEPT. 18, 1877. [No place but probably Omaha, Neb., 1877] Narrow 4to broadside, two stains but else fine, with contemporary blue pencil notations (probably for publication). The first ‘wanted poster’ for Sam Bass, this list of descriptions for five outlaws who are generally agreed to have conducted the first train hold-up. Bass and Joel Collins had been robbing stages in the Black Hills in 1876-77 when they decided to hold up the Union Pacific. They escaped with $60,000 in gold, but two accomplices (described on this sheet) were shortly killed – Bill Hefffridge and James Berry – there are blue pencil notations next to each description here ‘dead.’ At the top of the broadside is written in blue pencil, ‘Joel Collins was leader – Dead.’ Bass is described here as 5 foot 7 or 8 inches, 140 to 150 pounds, from 23 to 25 years old (he was 26); ‘quite young and boyish looking, dark complexion, hair black and cut short, moustache black and silky and not large; beard, black, thin and not very stiff showing a few weeks growth; has very white teeth, and shows his front teeth very much when laughing; is a slow talker and does not talk very much; drinks very little and does not use tobacco; is called a Texas man.’ There are similar detailed descriptions for the other outlaws. Bass escaped to Texas, but before he was killed in Round Rock the next year (1878) he managed to write himself into the legends of Texas outlaws. Not known in any private or institutional collection.[Top]
80 [Outlaw] Hardin, John Wesley. Autograph Bar Chit Signed, in ink, “May 12, 1895, Bar Bill, 6.00., J. W. Hardin.” Chit measures approximately 2 x 4 inches, in mylar, with repro photograph of Hardin. Very rare signature of Hardin on a bar bill chit from “The Wigwam, 106 San Antonio, M. Collins, Prop.” The only other signed bar chit sold from the auction of the Craig Fouts Collection in 1997.[Top]
81 [Postal History – Mexican War] Pillsbury, Timothy. Remarks of Mr. T. Pillsbury, of Texas, Delivered in the House of Representatives, January 23, 1847, on the Bill Establishing Additional Mail Routes in Texas. [Washington, D.C.: No printer, 1847] 4to broadside, with contemporary postal cover, free frank signature of Pillsbury, and red cancel “FREE WASHINGTON DC FEB 9” attached to upper left, addressed to Fisher M. Price, Esq., Walpole N.H. Broadside folded with a couple of splits at folds, glue stain on verso from postal attachment.
Pillsbury’s congressional district included all of Texas west of the Trinity River; in this case, some members of Congress viewed the extension of the mail service across the Nueces to the Rio Grande as an invasion of Mexican territory; Pillsbury argues against that view, that Mexico, had in effect, already abandoned the
territory and had no military post there, other than bands of marauders that occasionally
crossed the border and were chased back by Texans. He notes that at this point, all mail
traveled through New Orleans; “The mail conveniences had been continued through the
darkest days of the republic of Texas. After becoming a portion of this great Republic, this
deprivation of a customary, ordinary, but great convenience, is more keenly felt.” An important document on how the postal service in Texas also became a national issue tied in with slavery because of the votes of “Northern Whigs and Northern Democrats.” No copies located in OCLC.
82 [Postal History – Confederate] Offutt, St. George, Chief of Contract Bureau. ALs, on
Letterhead of Confederate States of America, Post Office Department, Contract Bureau. 1 pp., in ink, June 16th, 1862, with small printed advertisement pasted at bottom: Route 82.
(8616). From Orange, by Salem, Bellgrade and Newton, to Burkeville, 80 Miles and Back, Once a Week. Leave Orange Friday at 2 p.m. Arrive at Burkeville Sunday by 12 m. Leave Burkeville Sunday at 2 p.m. Arrive at Orange Tuesday by 12 m. Some folds repaired on letter, browning to advertisement.
The head of the Confederate Postal Contract bureau writes to an unknown correspondent to reopen the bids for the Orange – Burkeville route because “The only proposal received by the Department for the transportation of the mail for four years… ist that of Mr. Seymour White, at the rate of $1600 per annum, which the Postmaster General [a native Texan] deems extravagantly high, and therefore has not accepted. Hence it becomes necessary to obtain new proposals…” The correspondent was directed to obtain a temporary carrier, at the most favorable terms to the Deparment, and to re-advertise and forward the new proposals. An unusual piece of Confederate mail history.[Top]
83 [Postal History – Texas Confederate] Shelley,
Brig. Gen., 26th Brigade, T.S. Troops. Headquarters 26th Brigade, T.S.T. Austin, March
18th, 1862. Narrow 8vo broadside, with postal
markings on verso: The broadside is hand
addressed to “Capt John Jones, Enrolling Officer,
Beat No. 9, Webberville, Texas.” There is a “2c”
written by hand, and next to it, diagonally, a
printed “PAID” in black ink. The photograph
above shows the verso with postal markings; the
printed broadside is on the other side.
The 26th Brigade, known as “Texas State
Troops,” have left no record in Parrish &
Willingham’s Bibliography of Confederate Imprints; this broadside is the only known
printed source; no copies located in OCLC. Webberville (also known as “Hell’s Half Acre”) is
a village in Southeast Travis county, not far from Austin. This postal marking shows one of
the least expensive from the Confederate Military headquarters in Texas. The broadside
gives the rules for making reports of the enrollees to the military service. Rare.
84 [Punishment] Carter, C.W., photographer.
Albumen Photograph from Fort Bridger, Utah
Territory, with Soldier Mounted on Wooden Horse with Oversize Punishment Sword.
Photograph measures approximately 3 x 4
inches, mounted on gilt edged card with stamp
of “C.W. Carter, S.L. City” on verso, front has
pencil title and date, 1866, and “325” in negative. Photograph has light sunning but still very visible.
The “punishment horse” was a British military tradition that was used during the Colonial
Wars; this punishment was sometimes used for cowardice; see John Knox, Historical Journals of the Campaigns in North America, 1757-1760, I:96: “It is the opinion of this court that the prisoner is a notorious coward, and they sentence him to ride the wooden horse half an hour each day for six days, with a petticoat on him, and a broom in his hand. Rare documentary evidence of this punishment from a Western military fort.
85 [Spanish-American War] Osborn, George. Archive of Approximately 23 Letters, August 14, 1899 to January 30, 1901, approximately 100 pages, written from Negros Island (La Carlota & Barcolod), Philippines. WITH: One letter from Lee [Osborn] a Nephew, Jan. 16, 1899. Written in pencil, but very readable and condition generally very good or better. Housed in a binder with mylar sleeves; many with original covers.
A great and large archive from a detailed letter writer, with most of the letters running into multiple pages, for a total count of over 100 pages. For example, the letter from George on Jan. 15, 1900 reports: “ Just back from the fight. Killed 22, captured 29 rifles and 1 shotgun and I tell you it was a fight.” The letters run concurrent with the military action on the islands, and provide good insight from one of the more overlooked American military ‘actions’ of the late 19th-century. An examination on approval is welcome.[Top]
86 [Stagecoach] Green’s ‘Cannon Ball’ STAGE
Daily. To Saratoga and Pratt Center, Greensburgh and Coldwater, AND ALL POINTS
WEST. Kingman, Kas.: Courier’s Presses, .
4to broadside, 11 x 6 inches, printed in black
with a red border and ornament. Backed with
an early stiff advertising board, small edge
chips, generally very good.
The proprietor, D.R. Green, took great pride in
the speed of his stagecoach: “All my stages are
fast, but the Cannon Ball 4-In Hand is the
FASTEST STAGE IN AMERICA…. Get up and
take the Cannon Ball, then you can tell them
East that you had a fast ride. Should passengers
get left, do not blame the drivers, they have
imperative orders to leave on time and make
time.” There is still a historical marker outside
of Greensburg on Highway 54 identifying it as
the “Cannonball Stage Line Highway.” This
stage line ran from Kingman, Kansas (approximately 50 miles West of Wichita), as far West as Greensburgh, which Green helped to found in 1886. No copies in OCLC, and Western stagecoach broadsides are among the rarest of imprints.
87 [Texas] House, E.A. A Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Horn, and Her Two Children,
with Mrs. Harris, by the Camanche Indians, after they had Murdered Their Husbands… St. Louis: C. Keemle, 1839. 8vo, rear printed cover only, 60 pp., rather worn and stained, text shows browning. Title page with some paper losses in gutter margin, last eight leaves have small tears at inner margins. Housed in half morocco chemise.
First edition of an extraordinarily rare Texas book. Eberstadt (in their famous Catalogue of
Texas in 1963): “The first copy to appear at public sale since 1912.” Wagner-Camp 74.
Streeter Sale 989: “This book, famouse as an Indian captivity, has in its earlier pages Mrs.
Horn’s account of joining Beale’s expedition to the colony he was establishing in Texas, which sailed from New York, November 11, 1833, and of the journey across southwest Texas from Copano, by way of Bexar and Presidio Rio Grande to the site of Dolores, the proposed capital of the settlement. Mrs. Horn and her family stayed until March 8, 1836, when they joined a company of 11 men to Matamoros. On April 4th, after they crossed the Nueces River, their wagon train was attacked by Indians. The men of the party were killed while Mrs. Horn and two of her children were made captive. Mrs. Horn was ransomed in New Mexico in the fall of 1837.” Vary rare to the market.
88 [Texas] Kennedy, William: TEXAS: THE
RISE, PROGRESS, AND PROSPECTS OF THE
REPUBLIC OF TEXAS. London: R. Hastings…,
1841. Two volumes, attractively bound in threequarter maroon morocco with marbled boards, gilt titles and raised bands, collating complete with lii + 378 pp., vi + 548 pp., and complete with all four maps. Maps: (1) Map of Texas Compiled from Surveys Recorded in the Land Office of Texas and Other Official Surveys by John Arrowsmith. 23 ¼ x 19 ½ inches, with both insets (showing the Republic of Texas and
Mexico, and the inset of Galveston Bay),
contemporary handcoloring to political borders
in red, yellow, green and blue; there are three
colonies outlined in early ink on the bottom of the map; small tear closed and repaired in the upper right portion, else a very nice copy of the map. (2) Map of the Republic of Texas and the Adjacent Territories Indicating the Grants of Land Granted Under the Empresario System of Mexico. 12 ¼ x 15 inches. (3 & 4) Full page maps opposite page 38 (Map of Matagorda Bay) and opposite page 50 (Aransas Bay). Housed in custom clamshell half morocco case. First Edition of one of the most desirable and collected of all the books on Texas published during the Republic period, collectors have treasured the Kennedy volumes both for their accurate and detailed descriptions of Texas and its Revolution, as well as for the excellent maps which are beautifully rendered. Streeter TEXAS 1385 admired Kennedy’s frank and honest comments about Texas and the Texans, and marveled that he gathered so much information in his short visit to Texas (April to June of 1839). The Arrowsmith map is extremely important; Taliaferro cites it as one of the six most noteworthy maps of Texas before the Civil War. Jenkins, BASIC TEXAS BOOKS 117: “The large map by John Arrowsmith ranks with those of Tanner and Emory as the best maps of Texas.” Wheat, TRANSMISSIPPI WEST 451. Martin and Martin, MAPS OF TEXAS, 32: “The popularity and general acceptance of this map has been documented by the fact that many map makers copied liberally from Arrowsmith’s map.” Other bibliographic references: GRAFF 2308. CLARK III:189. HOWES K92. RAINES, pp.132-33.
89 [Texas] Tilden, Bryant P., Jr.: NOTES ON THE UPPER RIO GRANDE…EXPLORED IN THE
MONTHS OF OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER,
1846, ON BOARD THE U.S. STEAMER MAJOR
BROWN…. Philadelphia. 1847. Bound with green
paper strip, 32pp., light browning but generally
very good; plus 9 folding maps (numbered 1 to
9). The first map, A SKETCH OF THE UPPER
RIO GRANDE, has small pieces missing from
the edge of the right margin (not affecting
map) and has a closed tear repair in which
several words are missing; the other maps vary
from lightly browned to quite nice.
An important and rare account of a mission to map the upper reaches of the Rio Grande during the Mexican War to open steamboat
communications with Presidio Rio Grande, which was the crossing point on the Rio Grande
for the road between Monclova, Mexico and San Antonio (this was where General Wool crossed with his forces). The only prior maps of the Rio Grande recorded by Wheat in
TRANSMISSISSIPPI are numbers 103 (ca. 1720), and 161 (manuscript map by Miera in 1773), so Tilden’s record becomes the first detailed and publically available map of this hitherto unrecorded part of the Rio Grande. In an alluring preface, Tilden dedicates this work to “Dr. A. Rackliffe of Guerra, Mexico,” who piloted the first steamboat up the Rio Grande in 1834 in company with Col. Stephen F. Austin. Tilden also references an unpublished map by Rackliffe, “Chart of the Rio Bravo del Norte,” which would be an amazing find. Tilden and his party started from Camargo (across from Rio Grande City, a couple of hundred miles upstream from Matamoros), on Oct. 1, 1846, less than one week after the Battle of Monterrey, and travelled almost 300 miles up the Rio Grande to the Presidio (below present day Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras). This pamphlet gives an account of the journey, with descriptions of the region and many towns along the route, including Laredo, Mier and Presidio de Rio Grande. The maps, bearing interesting historical and topographical remarks, show the Rio Grande from Camargo to the Presidio de Rio Grande, in nine sections, representing the most informative and accurate
maps of the area published to that date. A book which is rare to the trade (no copies for sale online, except one without the maps), and one copy sold at auction (1989); even the copy at the famed Jenkins Garrett Mexican War Collection lacks the maps (see Garrett, p. 144, “photocopy.”) Graff 4151. Raines, p.206. Howes T264.
90 [Texas] Prospectus and Report of the Texas and Great Western Railroad of Texas. With Map
Accompanying, Made from Actual Survey and
Personal Examination of the Route. City of
Denton, Texas, March 17, 1882. Boston: Franklin
Press, Rand, Avery & Co., 1882. 8vo, original
blue wrappers, 7 pp., folding map: Plan of the
Texas and Great Western Railroad. Denton,
Texas, 1882. Map measures 9 ¼ x 25 ½ inches,
with proposed rail line printed in red. Very fine.
OCLC finds only one copy of this very rare
pamphlet and map (UT-Austin). No bibliographic or sales records for other copies found. The map covers a 100 mile or so swath of North Texas, basically between Quitman and Greenville in East Texas, following north of Dallas and Forth Worth – the rail line began in Greenville, went to McKinney, then west to Denton, then to Decatur, then north of Jacksboro, then ran halfway between Archer to the North and Graham to the South, and finally terminated in West Texas in Seymour.
91 [Utah] Carter, C.W., Photographer. Original Albumen Photograph of Stagecoach in Fort Bridger. With imprint on verso of card, C.W.
Carter, S.L. City. Approximately 3 x 4 inches on
gilt edged card. In pencil in a contemporary
hand under photo, “At Bridger 1866.” An
exceptionally crisp image with sharp detail.
The stagecoach shows four horses and two
teamsters, both wearing hats and fur coats,
outside a building. Fort Bridger did not become part of Wyoming until 1868. Stagecoach
photographs are among the rarest of Western photographs, and this one is exceptionally nice.
92 [Wells, Fargo & Co.] ACT OF INCORPORATION OF WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY. [Interior Title]: An Act to Incorporate the Holladay Overland Mail And Express Company. [Denver, 1879] 8vo, original stiff blue printed wrappers with gilt lettering, 8 pp. Linen fabric repair to inside of front and rear covers, covers creased, manuscript filing statement taped under mylar on rear cover, generally very good. This pamphlet is actually the first printing of the charter uniting the Holladay Overland Mail Company and the Wells, Fargo Express Company in 1866. With the original gold embossed seals and signed by the secretary of state for Colorado in 1879. Very rare; not in Eberstadt or Streeter Sale. OCLC
locating only one copy.
93 [Western Shows] Maynard, Ken. Cole Bros. Circus Presents KEN MAYNARD, The Screen’s Greatest Western Star and Congress of Rough Riders. Erie Litho. & Printing, ca. 1920s. Sheet measures 21 x 28 inches, backed with stiff foam, small amount of removal at lower border from where a pasted showdate was probably removed, folded, closed tear at top right, but generally quite nice. A dramatic showpiece from Maynard’s touring days as a Western Cowboy Star; Maynard was a trick rider with the Buffalo Bill Show and in 1923 began appearing in films; he eventually appeared in over 90 movies.[Top]
94 [Western Shows] Aulger, Addison. Where the Tails Meet, by Addison Aulger, author of ‘In Arizona.’ Kansas City: Ackerman-Quigley Litho Co., . Sheet is conservation linen backed, cello covered loosely, measures approximately 42 x 28 inches. Very good. Aulger had minor success in NY later in life as a playwright, but he began with Western melodramas; the Library of Congress copyright for this production calls it a ‘four act comedy” registered in 1917.[Top]
95 [Women] Abbott, Alice. Album of Original Photographs From the First Brothel in El Paso, ca. 1880s. 26 photographs (albumen and others, most cabinet cards of approximately 5 x 4 inches), with 16 smaller photographs (cdv or tintype), most very good but a few showing some fading, nearly all with red ink handwriting of Alice Abbott (3 of the photos are street scenes in El Paso, one in poor condition). Album has enameled boards in fairly rough condition, hinges cracked, but photographs generally very good or better. For the curious, none of the poses are nudes.
The only existing album from the proprietor of a house in a “red light” district; for obvious
reasons, any documentary evidence relating to prostitution in Texas and the West is extremely rare (I make it a point to look out for items of this type, and have handled less than ten in my career of 20 years). This album was the personal one of Alice Abbott, who established a place of prostitution at 19 South Utah Street in El Paso in 1881, when the railroad first reached town; this street quickly became the ‘red light’ district of El Paso. Alice, known behind her back as ‘Big Alice,’ or ‘Fat Alice,” had one of the more popular brothels in El Paso. In this album, the inside cover has her writing: “Miss Alice Abbott,
304 Utah Street, El Paso, Texas. BEST HOUSE KEEPER USA.” She also annotates the pictures and margins in her album in red ink; above her own, she wrote: “The beautiful Alice Abbott,” drew a heart with an ‘A’ in the center; the next has “French Maria, the best from New Orleans;” nearly all of the photographs have the name of the girl with her picture, giving names and faces to girls who generally shunned all publicity. Some of the photographs may have been brought from the girls’ homes, because they look extremely young (young teens, if that). Alice has another picture of herself with a man “George and Me, 18 Years, Long Ago,” (which would place it in the late 1860s), and “King of the Longhorns,” with a heart with her ‘A’ in it; At one time, she must have been friends with her later chief rival, Etta Clark (who ran the brothel across the street and famously shot Alice in a brawl); Alice has crossed this photograph of Clark with red ink, and has written the ultimate racist insult of that time next to it, “Hore to Niggers.” One of the photographs may be evidence of lesbian relations; in that one of four ladies (all named), Alice has colored their lips in red ink and has written above, “Lovers All” with her heart and “AA” in the center. Another tintype at the end shows two women holding hands and Alice has written “lovers” under it. One unnamed woman has the caption above her written “Someday”
and next to it Alice has drawn a hand with five fingers and her initals, “A A” in the center, as well as a heart drawn on the photograph with an “A.” Another has a man with the caption above him “Horn of Plenty,” and his name ‘George Roller.’ Another man posing with a boy is identified as “Constable Sellman and Johnny.” The constable has an “X” drawn on his zipper. Alice died of a heart attack in 1896; this album comes with two pieces of documentary evidence about the handling of her estate; Horace Stevens, her administrator, ended up with album, which he passed to the father of Robert McNellis, who passed it to his son, who sold it to Gordon Frost, who wrote his book, The Gentlemen’s Club: The Story of Prostitution in El Paso, based in part on this album (but Frost only published 10 of the 40-odd photographs, leaving the others unpublished). A copy of Frost’s book accompanies the album. A very rare opportunity to acquire photographic documentation of for an entire brothel in Texas.
96 [Women] Cooke, Lt. Col. Philip St. George. Autograph Letter Signed, Fort Union, N.M., Dec. 4th, 1853, to Governor Meriweather. 4to, 3 pp., in ink, docketed on verso. WITH: Webster, David. Original Manuscript Deposition, undated, 2 pp., ink on blue paper, witnessed and signed by Philip St. George Cook. Fine condition, housed in protective mylars and a binder.
This is the original manuscript account of the rescue of Jane Wilson from Indian Captivity, whose book, Thrilling Narrative, published in Rochester, NY, in 1859 (Howes W529 and Wagner-Camp 233), is one of the rarest Indian captivities – no copies have been recorded at auction, including in either the Siebert, Snider or McKinney Americana sales – or for that matter, Streeter’s or the Holliday Sale or in any Eberstadt catalogue, and only three copies are found in institional collections, with none in Texas (Huntington, Yale and Princeton).
In 1853 fifteen year old Jane Smith married James Wilson in Lamar County, Texas; shortly thereafter they joined a caravan for the California gold fields; she and her husband
stopped in El Paso to await the next wagon train, and camped near the Ysleta Pueblo. After
a disturbance with the local Indians (who killed her husband), Jane, now pregnant and newly widowed, decided to return to Paris, Texas with her brothers-in-law. Jane and her two younger brothers-in-law were traveling by themselves in one wagon when they were attacked by Northern Comanches sometime before reaching Fort Phantom Hill (near Abilene, Texas), who shot and stabbed the wagon driver and took Jane and the two others captive. Jane was a captive for nearly a month with the Comanches, enduring severe physical and emotional abuse, when she escaped and hid for several weeks outdoors before encountering a band of New Mexican traders. She was with them for only a few days when they encountered another party of Comanches. The traders told her to stay behind and hide while they traveled another week with the Comanches; ultimately they returned and took her to New Mexico (she gave birth to a boy in Santa Fe in December, 1853); (See New Handbook of Texas 6: 1006-1007).
Philip St. George Cooke writes to Gov. Meriweather, who apparently had asked for details about Wilson’s experiences. “Respecting the woman rescued from the Camanches… it will appear from this poor woman’s unhappy story that her husband having been killed by
Indians, the driver of the wagon in which she was returning to Texas, was brutally murdered by five Camanches, she made captive, with two boys, and atrociously abused, then she escaped and fell in with these Mexicans, when free but famished, then they saw one of the boys a prisoner at a Camanche village, where they traded, but did not rescue or redeem him. This affair revives the recollection that New Mexicans were long used to traffic with the Apaches, for the spoil of their fellow citizens, of Sonora and other Mexican states, and suggests a suspicion of such friendly intercourse, with these aggressive savages… P.S. I have concluded to send, and herewith enclose, the teamster’s statement.” The teamster’s statement adds: “Near the house of a Mr. Kahn, being on my
way with Richard Northrup, with a wagon and team, on or about the 26th of November, 1853, we met a party of New Mexicans with a white woman stopping for the night at Kahn’s. He and said Northrup appeared to believe that this woman, who had stopped with a mule at the house, would not be taken to Santa Fe, but would be taken to their home by said New Mexicans, and probably not be well treated. They agreed that she should be taken from them, & accordingly said Kahn and Northrup went with mules and brought her to the house that night. Next morning said Northrup offered to bring the woman to Fort Union, where care would be taken of her until she could be taken to the States. And said Kahn promised to keep her there without charge, and clothe her… the said woman agreed to remain with Kahn, and appeared to be about six months with child.” Philip St. George Cooke is one of the most significant Western military leaders and explorers – he was commander of the Mormon battalion during the Mexican War and wrote two important Western books about his experiences (Scenes and Adventures in the Army, 1857, and The Conquest of New Mexico and California, 1878). Remarkable and highly important documentary evidence, with additional information about Jane Wilson’s experiences in New Mexico. An excellent opportunity for a bibliographic article for publication in research journals.
97 [Women] Roth, Gertrude Woolley. 12,690 Miles Afoot. [N.p.: Privately printed, 1931] 8vo, original green printed wrappers, 24 pp. Very good.
First and only edition, inscribed by the author inside the front wrapper. OCLC finds three
copies, all in Southern libraries. Woolley traveled each of those miles on foot, hiking from Birmingham, Alabama, often with her son.
In the author’s words: “Each trip has been made as a result of a life long urge, for, thinking back to the age of five years, I remember how, with longing eyes, I followed my father and 17 year old sister to the door when they started out on tours to the West.” One of her hiking trips described here was across the U.S. to Wyoming and Yellowstone (described in some detail); another was to the Canadian Rockies, where near Banff, Alberta she accidently hiked near a forest fire. On the return portion of that trip they hiked down to California and across Arizona, encountering a sand storm. A brief but nearly unknown Western narrative.[Top]
98 [Women] [Van Schaack, Alice] A Familiar Letter from a Daughter to Her Mother,
Describing a Few Days Spent at the Big Trees and Yo-Semite. Chicago: Horton & Leonard,
Printers, 1871. 8vo, original limp green wrappers, brown endpapers, 21 pp. + 3 blank
pp., folding frontis-view plate: “The Yo-Semite Valley,” woodcut measuring 5 ½ x 8 inches, plus 2 additional woodcut views, showing a title-page view, and another showing tourists dancing on the stump of a big tree; early female owner’s signature.”
Quite rare; not in Chicago Ante-Fire Imprints. Part of the rarity may be due to the statement on the verso of the title page by the printers: “Our preface is our apology for putting in type with her knowledge.” OCLC finds 3 locations only (Chicago History Museum, Penn and Huntington). Currey & Krushka 374. Eberstadt 124, Yosemite and the Big Tree, 28: “Apparently unrecorded.” Not in Graff or Streeter. Apparently only six copies of this original edition are known to exist. Van Schaack is an observant and intelligent reporter of the journey – for example, she writes “Thursday evening we heard that a Digger Indian, at Murphy’s had cut the throats of two of another tribe, who had attempted to rob him.” Among other details, she also describes a visit with Hutchings at his cabin in Yosemite, and even his shelf of books. One of the earliest visitor’s account of Yosemite, and the first by a woman.[Top]
99 [Yellowstone Park] Carpenter, Frank D. The Wonders of Geyser Land. A Trip to the Yellowstone National Park of Wyoming, Together with a Thrilling Account of the Capture by the Nez Perces Indians and Subsequent Escape by the National Park Tourists. Black Earth, Wis.: Burnett & Son, Printers and Publishers, 1878. 8vo, original teal printed front cover wrapper, with plain green protective wrapper attached at spine, 176 pp., woodcut frontis illustration of Lower Yellowstone Falls, piece missing from upper right border corner of cover wrapper, some light edge wear, generally very good.
First edition of the one of the rarest Yellowstone Park narratives and Indian Captivities; so rare as to be unrecorded by nearly every Western bibliography. Not in Howes, Streeter Sale or Eberstadt. Not in the Siebert Sale (which had a vast number of rare Indian captivities). No copies found at auction (or online, needless to say). Nevertheless, OCLC
finds a few locations (Montana State, BYU, LC, Yale, Wisconsin Hist., and Indiana St. Lib.)
An extremely detailed account of the journey of these Montana tourists to the Yellowstone
National Park (nearly all of which is in Wyoming, by the way). They happened to visit during the summer of 1877, when the Nez Perces Indian War was ongoing. Most of this
narrative is from Carpenter’s journal, which fortunately survived their capture by the Nez
Perces, and which he recovered afterwards. At one point deep in the park (after gathering
souvenir specimens for some time in the journey) they encounter this notice posted on a
tree: “Tourists are requested not to break, destroy or take away any specimens, under a
penalty of fifty dollars fine, or one year in the penitentiary.” At one point after their capture by a band of Nez Perce the author sees one aiming a rifle at his head and he realizes that most of these Indians probably have some experience with Catholic missionaries; he makes the sign of the cross, and the rifle is lowered. Later his captor tells him, “Me no like white man. Kill’m my friends. Kill’m my squaw, my papoose, my friends in Big Hole fight. Me no like you.” But then he crossed himself and said, “Me Catlic, you Catlic.” Later, after most of the men in his party are dead, he makes himself useful driving horses for the Indians and showing them the trail through Yellowstone Park. He ended in the camp of Chief Joseph (whom he describes at some length) with his sister, Emma (who had seen her husband of two years killed that day). The narrative includes the personal accounts of several of the survivors in chapters at the end, including one of the captured women, Carpenter’s teenage sister, Ida Carpenter. The final chapter is entitled “Reminiscences of Early Life in Montana,” and gives the Carpenter family story of moving from Black Earth, Wisconsin to Colorado in 1864; en route they ran into a large company heading to the Idaho Gold mines and concluded to go there. After traveling through Wyoming they arrived at Virginia City, where he relates his father’s experiences with the ‘flour riot,’ in 1865, and with setting up store to supply miners in 1865. An extraordinarily rare narrative.