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Rare Montana Promotional

187. STRAHORN, Robert E[dmund]. The Resources of Montana Territory and Attractions of Yellowstone National Park . Facts and Experience on the Farming, Stock Raising, Mining, Lumbering, and Other Industries of Montana, and Notes on the Climate, Scenery, Game, Fish, and Mineral Springs, With Full and Reliable Data on Routes, Distances, Rates of Fare, Expenses of Living, Wages, School and Church Privileges, Society, Means of Acquiring Homes, and Other Valuable and Reliable Information Applicable to the Wants of the Capitalist, Homeseeker, or Tourist...Published and Circulated by Direction of the Montana Legislature, Special Act of the Eleventh Session. Helena [ Omaha ?]: Montana Legislature, 1879. 77 [3, ads] pp., engraved text illustrations (some full page, some signed Manz Co., Chicago), map on inside upper wrapper:  Map of Montana Territory 1879 Showing the Latest Established County Boundaries Scale 91 Miles to the Inch, neat line to neat line: 10 x 17.4 cm.  8vo, original grey decorated and pictorial wrappers, stitched (lower wrap with railroad map: To Montana and Yellowstone Park by Rail...Union Pacific and Utah & Northern Railroads, image and text approximately 6.7 x 8.5 cm). Neatly rebacked with sympathetic paper, two voids at inside corners of lower wrap and last leaf supplied (minimal loss, only a few letters), wrappers and text block professionally and gently washed and deacidified.  Rare in commerce in recent decades.

    First edition. Adams , Herd 2184. Bauer 459. Bradford 5263. Howes S1057. McMurtrie , Montana Imprints 162: “It seems likely that the present work was compiled by Strahorn, printed at Omaha , and the edition sold to the Montana Legislature, for distribution with a Helena imprint.”  Smith 9955.  Streeter Sale 2252:  “An official promotional pamphlet on Montana , describing its resources as of 1879. Mr. McMurtrie points out that it is probable that the work was printed for Strahorn in Omaha where Strahorn was editor and proprietor of The New West Illustrated.-TWS.”

     Among the illustrations is a bird’s-eye view of Helena (not noted by Reps).  This same view was used in Warner's Montana directory of 1879 (see above under Directories).  In the very detailed section on “Cattle Growing” the author’s comments:  “Montana cattle are all from good American grades-there is not a full-blooded Texan, I believe, in the Territory-and are being rapidly improved by the introduction of the best short-horn sires money will buy.  The beeves are eagerly sought by outside buyers, and the fact that three-year-olds dress from 750 to 900 pounds is pretty good evidence that the stock possesses a large frame, and is not stunted at all in its growth on account of the winters.”

        At the time Strahorn (1852-1944), newspaperman and railroad builder, was working for the Publicity Department of the Union Pacific Railroad, which probably accounts for the genesis of this early promotional pamphlet, as the map on the lower wrapper would indicate. ($500-1,000)

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