21 June 2005
MULLAN, Capt. John (1830-1909). Miners and Travelers' Guide to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Via the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. New York: William M. Franklin, 1865.
8o (185 x 118 mm). Large folding hand-colored lithographed map (600 x 975 mm) "General Map of the North Pacific States and Territories belonging to the United States and of British Columbia, extending from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean..." after Edward Freyhold by J. Bien, N.Y. (Tiny stain at lower corner to a few leaves.) Original blue blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered on spine (lacks rear free endpaper); black quarter morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION of this guide, which includes in its "Addenda" a section relating to the then recent developments in gold and silver mining in Idaho. Extracts from contemporary newspaper accounts are included in the text. "In advising emigrants entering the Pacific Northwest, Captain Mullan furnishes a day-by-day itinerary of the route from Fort Benton, on the Missouri River, through the mountains to Walla Walla in Washington Territory. After these directions he continues with a general description of the resources of the entire region..." (Wagner-Camp-Becker 420a). Graff 2933; Howes M-885; Sabin 51274; Smith Pacific Northwest 7153; Streeter IV:2106; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 1126. A FINE COPY.
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