AUCTION 23

 
 

Rare Railroad Promotional
Touting Stock Raising & Agriculture in Nebraska

 
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63. BURLINGTON & MISSOURI RIVER RAILROAD COMPANY. [Wrapper title] B. & M. R.R. Lands in Nebraska 600,000 Acres of Choice Lands for Sale in Nebraska by the B. & M. R.R. Co. at Prices ranging from $2.00 to $10.00 per Acre. Ten Years Time 6 Per Cent. Interest, Shorter Credit if Desired, Large Reduction for Cash.... N.p., ca. 1881? [1] 2-24 pp., 3 full-page wood-engraved text illustrations (Farmers’ Creek, Valley of Loup River, Widaman’s Ranch), 2 maps, one each on verso of upper and lower paper wrappers: [1] Large Yield of All Grains. Eastern Nebraska. Garden of the West. Map of Nebraska Showing the Location of the Lands and Roads of the B. & M. R.R. Co... A. Zeese & Co., Eng. Chicago; and [2] Fine Farming Lands. The Great Central Region! Best Region for Stock Raising. Map Showing the Leading Through Routes to the West and the Lines of the C.B. & Q. and the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Co. in Nebraska. 8vo (22 x 12 cm), original yellow pictorial wrappers, stitched, two illustrations on upper cover (Characteristic View in Nebraska 1872, showing a covered wagon and one little house on a vast prairie; and The Same Land as Improved in 1882, showing a well laid-out town with substantial houses, factory, smoking train, and roads). Vertical crease where formerly folded, wrappers lightly stained and a few minor chips, interior with a few light stains, overall good.

     First edition. OCLC lists two copies which appear to be the same imprint: Yale (imprint: Lincoln: State Journal Co., 1881?); and Huntington (imprint: St. Louis: A. Gast, 1881?). The present copy has no imprint. Not in Adams, Herd (his entry 370 is a similar undated promotional of 80 pages, from the Rollins Collection at Princeton). A. Zeese & Co., the Chicago engraving firm who is attributed on the first map, specialized in half tones, zinc etching, relief-line, lithogravure, and photoelectric type.

     The text commences on a high note: “This is the State whose latch string is out, and offers homes and promises of prosperity to all who will come.”The emphasis is agriculture and stock raising, with glowing essays including “Great Grazing District,” “Livestock in the State,” “Orchards and Groves Planted,” “The Pure Air of the Prairies,” “The Herd Law—No Fences Allowed,” “The Cheapest Lands in America,” “Railroads,” “Sheep Raising in Nebraska,” “Horses and Cattle,” “Education the Birthright of Every Nebraska Child,” etc.

($150-300)

Sold. Hammer: $150.00; Price Realized: $183.75.

Auction 23 Abstracts

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