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The States and Territories of the Great West; including Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, and Nebraska; Their Geography, History, Advantages, Resources, and Prospects; Comprising Their Local History, Institutions, and

Ferris, Jacob

Published by Miller, Orton, and Mulligan, New York and Auburn, 1856
Condition: Ex-library Soft cover
From Robert G. Smith Jr. (Denver, CO, U.S.A.)

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First edition, Octavo. xii, pp. 352, 4 pages adverts, numerous full page plates, and large folding hand colored frontis map. In original brown blindstamped cloth with gilt spine title and front cover decoration. A nicely preserved copy seldom found complete with the map. Wagner-Camp-Becker 274a. Wheat 885. *** Condition: Boards lightly rubbed with extremities worn with some losses at spine ends. Spine sunned. Binding tight. Call number written at near base of spine, circulation pocket on front pastedown bar code label on front endpaper and stamp to verso of title page. Former copy from Cudahy Memorial Library, Loyola University. Light scattered foxing to text and plates. Map has two 6 inch opening tears extending horizontally into map (repairable without loss). *** Content: From the publisher's advertisement, "This book.supplies a great deficiency in our literature. Most other books upon the West are confined to some limited range of country, and are filled either with adventures across the plains and over the mountains, or with details of mere local interest. But this takes a comprehensive view of the WHOLE WEST. It describes the earlier emigrations to the West, and presents a vivid picture of the modes of traveling, and of the difficulties and danger of the way; .". "The author possess a rare experience of the West, having visited almost every part of it this side of the Rocky Mountains, to obtain a knowledge of the country, the progress of the settlements, and the manners and customs of the people". In addition, subjects such as the iron, copper, and silver mines of Michigan, Indian tribes, Santa Fe trade route, and other topics are covered. *** Of western interest is the coverage of Kansas and Nebraska Territories, which include the modern-day states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. Ferris' large map is titled "A New Map of the Great West" by E. F. Beadle. This map shows the northern half of the US from Ohio and Michigan on the east to the Rockies on the west. Wheat is critical of its accuracy which, in a way, actually makes it more interesting. Bookseller Inventory # 000712

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Title: The States and Territories of the Great West...

Publisher: Miller, Orton, and Mulligan, New York and Auburn

Publication Date: 1856

Binding: Original Cloth

Book Condition:Ex-library

Edition: First Edition

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