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October 26, 2007

“A plain account of the resources the Indian Territory” (preface)
Insightful, Frank & Very Rare

210. MOORE, J. H. The Political Condition of the Indians and the Resources of the Indian Territory. St. Louis: Southwestern Book and Publishing Company, 510 and 512 Washington Avenue, 1874. 62 pp., 8vo (22.5 x 15.2 cm), original goldenrod printed wrappers, stitched. Wrappers slightly soiled, two small chips at spinal extremities, title and first few leaves slightly foxed and light scattered foxing throughout (mostly marginal), overall very good. Preserved in half brown morocco and dark blue cloth slipcase. Very rare, both institutionally and in the trade.

            First edition. Howes M773. Rader 2434. Moore, who writes from Boggy Depot in the Indian Territory itself, states that he has lived in the area and has numerous ties to the Territory’s Native Americans and that he wishes to see the “race ennobled.” In his text he reviews many of the problems that he believes are restraining the advances of the Native Americans, not the least of which are venal tribal leaders and their lawyers, who not only mislead the people but also squander financial resources meant for the tribes. He laments that those people try at every turn to prevent the United States government from making changes that would better all the residents of the Territory. The second half of the book is devoted to a review of the physical characteristics and geography of the area, and Moore praises the region as fit for just about any agricultural or commercial activity. He includes a section concerning early efforts to drill for oil in Oklahoma and further discusses mineral deposits, such as vast coal fields and lead deposits, which could be successfully mined to improve the populace. ($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $850.00; Price Realized: $998.75

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