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Pingenot Auction, Lot 299

33 ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF COLORADO, NEW MEXICO, TEXAS & MEXICO—1883

299. STREET, George. Che! Wah! Wah! Or the Modern Montezumas in Mexico...Illustrated with Photographs Taken during the Trip by R. D. Cleveland, and Wood Cuts from sketches by the Author. Rochester: E. R. Andrews, 1883. 115 pp., engraved frontispiece in black and blue, 33 mounted albumen photographs (Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico), 2 engraved plates, text-illustrations, vivacious pictorial initials, fold-out map (untitled map of Northern Mexico and the U.S. from Alabama to California, with upper inset Map of a Portion of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway from Salida to Marshall Pass, 13.3 x 20.2 cm; 5-1/4 x 8 inches). Royal 8vo, original gilt-pictorial dark green sheep, spine gilt lettered, bevelled edges. An unusually fine, bright copy, with only minor wear to edges. Preserved in a black cloth slipcase.
         First edition, privately printed in a small edition. Adams, Herd 2187: "Has a chapter on cowboys." Hanna & Reese, From Train to Plane 43: "This excursion tour was really a busman’s holiday; the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, the Denver & Rio Grande, and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads hosted a tour of Colorado, New Mexico, and Mexico for a group of eastern freight agents. The party derived a good deal of innocent amusement from their Che! Wah! Wah! joke." Palau 322926.
         Travelling from Chicago to Chihuahua, the party passed through or stopped at Omaha, Lincoln, Denver, Canon City, Leadville, Marshall Pass, Pueblo, Trinidad, El Paso, Raton, Las Vegas, Wagon Mound, Chihuahua, and other spots along the route. The photographs illustrate landmarks, trains, views, people, architecture (including churches, depots, Montezuma Hotel and Hot Springs in Las Vegas, Windsor Hotel in Denver). One of the most unusual and lavishly produced nineteenth-century travel books. We have long wanted to compile a bibliography of the few nineteenth-century printed books containing photographs of Texas, and this rare book would be one to include.
($1,000-2,000)