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Early Wyoming Territory Guide in Original Printed Wrappers

185. STRAHORN, Robert E[dmund]. The Hand-Book of Wyoming and Guide to the Black Hills and Big Horn Regions for Citizen, Emigrant, and Tourist. Cheyenne [ Chicago : Knight & Leonard], 1877. 272 pp., engraved text illustrations (several full page), ads. 8vo, original beige printed wrappers, sewn. Upper edge of lower wrap with one chip in blank margin, spine slightly browned, overall fine. Newsclipping laid in with portraits of four Wyoming stockmen.

    First edition of an early guide and history of the region. Adams , Herd 2181: “Scarce.... Published in both cloth and wrappers.” AII, Wyoming 168.  Bradford 5261. Eberstadt 135:937: “Seldom found in original printed wrappers.”  Graff 4000. Howes S1055. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 91: “This is a standard and well-known Wyoming book which is of more importance than many of the others in this listing.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 8. Mohr, The Range Country 760.  Reese, Six Score 194n. Stopka , Wyoming Territorial Imprints A.1877.1.  Streeter Sale 2248.

    Supremely confident in his work, the author states in the preface, “Inspection and criticism are not invited, however, in the belief that the volume is devoid of errors and incongruities.”  Given that the work was written in a mere two months while the writer was on his honeymoon, it is one of the most prepossessing of all Western booster works, covering the region from such minutiae as Father De Smet’s early explorations to modern mining schemes. Strahorn delivers a performance that could only have been written in the nineteenth century.  He vaunts this area as far superior to anything in the East, especially in terms of healthy climate and financial prospects.  Among topics he covers are stock raising, farming, minerals (iron, gold, silver, petroleum, coal), lumbering, and the incomparable Yellowstone Park and the Black Hills region. ($500-1,000)

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