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Lot 3

The Skiing Mailman of the Sierras

3. ALLEN PRESS. [WRIGHT, William]. Snow-Shoe Thompson: 1856-1876 by Dan De Quille. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1954. xv [1, blank], 63 [1, blank] pp. (on French Arches paper), title with linoleum block illustration by Mallette Dean, printed in green, text in black and red. 12mo, original white parchment paper spine, Swedish pattern-paper sides. Fine copy save for former owner’s ink signature and shelf mark on front free endpaper. Original glassine dust wrapper.

     Limited edition (210 copies). Allen Press Bibliography 14. Paher, Nevada 2222. Reprinted from the Overland Monthly for October 1886, this is the story of John A. Thompson (1827-1876), who carried mail across the Sierras on skis between Placerville and Carson City from 1856-1876. Brought from his native Norway to the United States as a child, he eventually changed his name from Tostensen and moved to California in 1851. He sometimes carried as much as a hundred pounds using skis he had constructed based on those from his native land. Because this book has been avidly sought by collectors of postal history and skiing, it has become among the most elusive of all Allen Press books. ($200-400)

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