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Albumen Photographs of Colorado Views

54. [HARRINGTON, Charles E.]. Summering in Colorado. Denver: Richards & Co., Publishers, 1874. [2], 158, [4] pp., plates (10 original photographs by Joseph Collier, mounted on card stock with printed titles, as issued). 8vo, original gilt-lettered brown cloth. Binding lightly worn and darkened, a few leaves with very minor waterstaining in upper blank margins, otherwise fine, the photos excellent.

     First edition. Adams, Herd 554: “Scarce.” McMurtrie & Allen, Early Printing in Colorado 223. NYPL Checklist 289 (10 photos). To Delight the Eye 13 (10 photos): “An interesting period account of pioneer Colorado, with sketches of the emigrant routes, the gold rush, mountaineering, early pioneers, and life with the Ute Indians. Copies have been located with from four to fourteen photographs each. Possibly copies were made to order.” Wilcox, p. 56. Wynar 2041. Not in Graff, Howes, or Truthful Lens.

     The wonderful documentary photographs are the work of pioneer Colorado photographer Joseph Collier and include: bird’s-eye view of Central City, two railroad views, Clear Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, Garden of the Gods, Monument Park, Rainbow Falls at Manitou, Cheyenne Canyon, etc. Photographer Joseph Collier was a prominent photographer in Central City, Colorado; in early 1878 he sold his business to Charles Weitfle and moved to Denver.

     In the last chapter (“Agriculture, Mining, Stock, and Climate”), Harrington proclaims: “The development of Colorado has established to a certainty the excellence of its natural grasses, with which the plains abound. As a result, it has come to be known as the paradise of stock men. Tempered by an equable climate visited by comparatively light snows, below the Divide; having sparkling waters in the streams which made their way across the plains, from the mountains, it is one of the most desirable places in America for the raising of cattle for the eastern markets. Scores of Texas drovers drive their herds to this territory, recognizing the nutritious qualities of the grasses on the grazing ranges, and the safety of stock from the despoiling hand of marauding Indians.”

     The author’s interesting chapter describing his visit for a week among the Ute, includes these observations:  “These Indians are queer specimens of humanity. They gather about you with childish simplicity, admire your blankets with envy, and beg systematically for sugar; they ride fearlessly, shoot skillfully, dress outrageously, live dirtily, and negotiate with visitors most diplomatically” (p. 134). ($500-1,000)

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