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AUCTION 19

First Montana Guide Book

140. MULLAN, John. Miners and Travelers’ Guide to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Via the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. Accompanied by a General Map of the Mineral Region of the Northern Sections of the Rocky Mountains. New York: Wm. M. Franklin, 1865. 153 [1 blank] pp., large folding hand-colored lithograph map: General Map of the North Pacific States and Territories belonging to the United States and of British Columbia, extending from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean and between Latitude 39° and 53° North. Exhibiting Mail Routes, Gold Mines, and including the most Recent Surveys of the Topographical Bureau. Prepared by Captain John Mullan... Drawn by Edward Freyhold T. E. Lithographed by J. Bien, 24 Vesey St., N.Y. (neat line to neat line: 60.1 x 97.5 cm). 8vo, original dark teal decorative blindstamped and embossed cloth. Endpapers moderately browned, otherwise exceptionally fine, the map excellent, with superb color retention.Bookplate of Monsignor Joseph M. Gleason (see Talbot, Historic California in Bookplates, p. 99, where Gleason’s bookplate is illustrated).

     First edition of the first Montana guide book. Bauer 340.  Bradford 3745. Braislin 1347:  “Gives accounts of the first discoveries of gold in Idaho and Montana.”  Cowan I, pp. 159-160. Graff 2933. Holliday 803.  Howes M885. Littell 760. Plains & Rockies IV:420a. Rumsey Image No: 0652A. Sabin 51274.  Smith 7153. Streeter Sale 2106:  “There is a day-by-day itinerary from Walla-Walla to Fort Benton covering forty-seven days, with a general description of the route. One of the best features of the Guide is its ‘Addenda’ at pp. [89]-153 which is devoted primarily to the then recent developments in gold and silver mining in Idaho. There are many extracts from contemporary newspaper accounts. The large folding map is helpful and important.-TWS.” Tweney, Washington 89 #55.

     Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 1126 & Vol. V, Part 1 (reproduced as frontispiece), pp. 137-140: “Serious guide-making notable map interesting and sometimes surprising for its showing of trails.... It will be seen that Mullan and Freyhold, like other mapmakers of 1865, were seduced by the new idea, Wyoming, represented on their map rather more correctly than by others this year-the General Land Office included.  In addition to ‘Wyoming,’ the full area is shown of Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, as well as northerly parts of Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.  In Dakota, nothing much has yet enlivened the mapscape beyond the 100th meridian....”

     Mullan gives advice to early pioneers on how to travel on the new 624-mile route that stretches from Fort Benton to Walla-Walla. For newcomers, he relates information about population, climate, and geographical features.  Almost the entire preface of the Montana volume of the American Guide Series is devoted to Mullan’s work, which is described as “The First Montana Guidebook.”  ($1,000-2,000)

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