Chicago: Spalding and LaMontes, 1868. Hardcover. Approximately 5.5” x 8.5”. 288 pages, about 50 of which are advertisements. Full-page color advertisement of “The Celebrated Studebaker Wagon” inserted between pages 4 and 5 (as called for by Graff 4251). Brown endpapers. Publisher’s green cloth cover with gilt lettering on spine; page edges stained red. Complete. Sound binding with intact hinges. Worn, wrinkled, and soiled endpapers with owner’s name in pencil. Generally clean pages with some toning at the edges. Some wear to the cover, heaviest at spine ends. Very good to good. Item #008573
This guide focuses on routes west to the Rockies from Cleveland and Chicago via railroads (Cleveland and Toledo, Michigan Southern and Northwestern Indiana, Chicago and North-Western, Union Pacific, and Pacific and Sioux City) and Missouri River steamboats (North-West Transportation Company). Includes chapters on the Discoveries and Early Exploration of the West, Railroads and Their Histories, Western Manufactures, and Capabilities of the West in addition to detailed travel tips, regional descriptions, and route guidance from Cleveland to Chicago, Chicago to the Missouri, The Missouri to the Mountains, and within the Missouri Valley. Relatively scarce. As of 2016, two other copies are for sale in the trade. Only one auction sale listed at ABPC and the Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows six examples are held in institutional collections.