21 June 2005
REDPATH, James and Richard J. HINTON. Hand-Book to Kansas Territory and the Rocky Mountains' Gold Region; Accompanied by Reliable Maps and a Preliminary Treatise on the Pre-Emption Laws of the United States. New York: J.H. Colton, 1859.
12o (147 x 91 mm). Preliminary publisher's advertisement leaf and 4 leaves publisher's advertisements at end. Folding hand-colored engraved dual map of Nebraska and Kansas by Colton and folding engraved military map of Kansas (military map with a few short separations and some pale spotting along folds). Publisher's brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered on upper cover (slightly faded); brown quarter morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION. The first part is a handbook on Kansas Territory, probably written before the discovery of gold. The second part comprises an appendix that also is directed to the settler and to preemption laws on public lands. The hand-colored dual map depicts "Kansas and Nebraska" and "Nebraska and Kanzas showing Pikes Peak and the Gold Region" and is in VERY FRESH CONDITION. The second (on the same sheet as the first) and third maps are particularly significant, showing Denver, Montana and as far west as Salt Lake. Many of the advertisements at end are for rail routes to the Pike's Peak gold region. "The authors were correspondents for eastern newspapers. Redpath, a rabid abolitionist, came to Kansas Territory soon after it was established. Hinton came in 1856 as a correspondent for the Boston Traveller (Dary Kanzana 74). Graff 3437; Eberstadt 137:522 ("the original 'Pike's Peak or Bust' overland guide"); Hafen 14; Howes R-120; Sabin 68526; Streeter IV:2131; Wagner-Camp-Becker 343; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 995.
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