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AUCTION 19

29. [DIRECTORY: COLORADO]. [WALLIHAN, S. S. & T. O. Bigney (editors)]. The Rocky Mountain Directory and Colorado Gazetteer, for 1871, Comprising a Brief History of Colorado, and a Condensed but Comprehensive Account of Her Mining, Agricultural, Commercial and Manufacturing Interests, Climatology, Inhabitants, Advantages and Industries, Together with a Complete and Accurate Directory of Denver, Golden City, Black Hawk, Central City, Nevada, Idaho, Georgetown, Boulder, Greeley, Colorado City, Pueblo, Trinidad, etc. First Year of Publication. Denver : S. S. Wallihan & Company, [ Chicago : Rounds & Kane, Printers, 1870]. [6 ads], 256, [36 ads], 257-272, [16 ads], 273-288, [16 ads], 289-304, [32 ads], 305-330, [4 ads], 331-342, [4 ads], 343-358, [10 ads], 359-374, [4 ads], 375-384, [12 ads], 385-389, [2 ads], 390-395, [2 ads], 396-403, [2 ads], 404-410, [4 ads], 411-442, [58 ads] pp. (plus ads on pastedowns), some ads illustrated, a few on maize paper, a couple printed in colors, such as Woodbury & Walker Printers of Denver Tribune in green and Central City Printing House before p. 359 printed in red and green. 8vo, original purple cloth, Colorado Territory seal gilt stamped on upper cover, spine gilt lettered.  Ex-library: Concord Free Public Library, with remains of two paper labels on spine, two contemporary engraved library bookplates on front pastedown (one with deaccession stamp), small light blue inkstamp on title and a few internal leaves. Spine faded, some outer wear (particularly at extremities and corners), hinges cracked, internally fine. Overall very good condition, especially for a directory. This copy has 214 pages of ads (including the pastedowns), more than called for by Streeter, Howes, and others.

     First edition. Braislin 439.   Howell 52:98: “Difficult to locate in any condition....  An excellent source for the early history of Colorado . It was more than just a directory, but rather an extremely detailed compendium of information and statistics on virtually every aspect of the Territory, including its history, geography and geology, natural resources, flora and fauna, climate, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and economic development, territorial government, and, of course, mining and its allied industries. A more useful and comprehensive guide to pre-statehood Colorado would be difficult to find.”   Howes C611. Sabin 72459.  Streeter Sale 4280: “This Directory gives useful information on the early territorial history of Colorado , including the various conventions and forms of government in the early days, railroads, colonization, and early mining-TWS.” Wilcox, p. 118.  Wynar 1905. 

     This directory is particularly interesting because it was published almost at the end of the territorial phase—a time of rapid, dramatic change in the region. The editors comment on how the perception of Colorado being in the heart of the “ Great American Desert ” has changed: “But a single decade has passed, and lo, what a transformation! Where only the shaggy bison and the graceful antelope roamed unmolested and at will, now a hundred herds of domestic cattle low to each other, from hill-top to hill-top, and ruminate, at ease in peaceful valleys.... Colorado is, par excellence, a grazing and dairy country. Millions of cattle may, yearly, be fattened on the succulent and nutritious grasses that grow in her valleys and on her hill-sides.... Cattle seldom need any artificial feeding in winter, but live and grow fat.... There is no limit to the business of agriculture and stock-raising in Colorado . This is destined to become the dairy and granary of half the continent” (pp. 113-14).  ($500-1,000)

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