21 June 2005
[DENVER, COLORADO]. WHARTON, Junius E. (b. 1832) and D.O. WILHELM. History of the City of Denver from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time...to Which is Added a Full and Complete Business Directory, of the City. Denver: Byers & Dailey, 1866.
8o (197 x 118 mm). Original red cloth-backed green printed boards, longitudinal manuscript title label on spine (some wear to edges, inner hinges reinforced); brown cloth slipcase. Provenance: Lawrence N. Greenleaf, Denver (inkstamp on pastedowns).
FIRST EDITION OF THE "RAREST OF COLORADO LOCAL HISTORIES; FIRST OF THIS CITY" (Howes). "Among connoisseurs of Rocky Mountain lore, this work has long been esteemed as one of the most-to-be-desired books printed in the Territory. As the pioneer history of the region, it ranks historically as one of the veritable nuggets of western literature, affording a contemporary record of the earliest emigration and the gold 'Strikes', of the beginnings of their duels, murders, and executions; the disasters by flood and fire; the Indian outrages and wars that led to the Chivington massacre; etc." (Eberstadt 135:267). Graff 4617; Howes W-303 ("b"); Jones Adventures 295 ("Excessively rare"); Jones 1497; McMurtrie & Allen Colorado 73; Streeter IV:2172 ("The first history of Denver and one of the rarest Colorado histories").
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