40. FARMER, E[lihu] J[erome]. The Resources of the Rocky Mountains, Being a Brief Description of the Mineral, Grazing, Agricultural and Timber Resources of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Dakota... “Westward the Star of Empire Takes Its Way.” Cleveland: Leader Printing Company, 1883. 196 pp., 18 engraved plates (including frontispiece), a few text illustrations. 8vo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth, edges tinted red. Binding slightly faded and shelf worn, endpapers darkened, a few minor spots to fore-edge, front hinge weak, otherwise very good, interior fine.
First edition. Adams, Herd 787. Flake 3505a: “Brief Description of the settling of Utah by the Mormons.” Not in Howes or other standard sources. A work meant to promote emigration to the State of Colorado and territories of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and the Dakotas. Included is a section on Yellowstone National Park (with illustrations). The book is especially strong on the virtues of industries such as mining and stock raising. The natural beauty and resources of the area are also emphasized. The work concludes with two appendices covering statistics for the area, including such things as wages and availability of public lands, and the progress of railroads in penetrating the area. ($800-1,600)
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