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AUCTION 19

188. STRAHORN, Robert E[dmund]. Montana and Yellowstone National Park . Facts and Experiences on the Farming, Stock Raising, Mining, Lumbering, and Other Industries of Montana, and Notes on the Climate, Scenery, Game, Fish and Mineral Springs, With Full and Reliable Data on Routes, Distances, Rates of Fare, Expenses of Living, Wages, School and Church Privileges, Society, Means of Acquiring Homes, and Other Valuable and Reliable Information, Applicable to the Wants of the Capitalist, Homeseeker, or Tourist. Kansas City: Ramsey, Millet & Hudson, 1881. 191 [13 ads] pp. (ad on lower pastedown), engraved text illustrations (some full page, by Manz Co. in Chicago, C. Meeder, J. D. Howland, J. M. Badley, Baker Co. in Chicago, S. C. Davis, Gagley in Denver, Holmes, J[ohn] Karst, only the last of whom is in Fielding). 8vo, original gilt-lettered green cloth over stiff card stock.  Moderate shelf wear and rubbing, cloth faded, slight water damage in upper blank margins of first and last few leaves and text with uniform light age toning, otherwise very good with contemporary pencil signature dated in Cheyenne, August 1884.

     Second edition of preceding, greatly expanded and revised.  The present edition appears to be more rare in commerce. Adams , Herd 2182. Howes S1057. Reese, Six Score 104: “This is one of his best promotions...  The book contains statements which make Brisbin pale in comparison; Strahorn quotes Samuel T. Hauser, president of the First National Bank of Helena and an original partner in the D-H-S Ranch, as saying ‘We know all a man has to do is to brand his cattle, and go to sleep; he needn’t wake up for a year.’” Smith 9948.  This is a work so thoroughly rewritten and expanded that it bears little resemblance to the ephemeral first edition (see preceding), upon which it is based.  Not only has Strahorn enlarged sections dealing with such matters as mining, farming, ranching, fruit orchards, and business, he has also provided much more illustrative material to give the reader an impression of how truly large and vast Montana is.  Descriptions and depictions of Yellowstone National Park are especially more fulsome.

     One curious chapter concerns the scarcity of women in the Territory.  He remarks that single women rarely stay that way more than a few months and that the entire cohort of teachers in the area is subject to constant turnover because of marriage.  He concludes:  “In fact, there are lots of bachelors in Montana , and they are a terribly earnest set of fellows” (p. 141).  ($500-1,000)

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