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Go Mid-West, Young Man

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158.     CURTISS, Daniel S. Western Portraiture, and Emigrants’ Guide: A Description of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa; With Remarks on Minnesota, and Other Territories. By Daniel S. Curtiss. New York: Published by J.H. Colton, 86 Cedar Street, 1852. [i-v] vi-xxx, [31] 32-351 [1, blank], 1-18 [publisher’s catalogue] pp., folded lithograph map with ornate botanical border, printed on bank note paper: Township Map of the States of Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri & Minnesota. Published by J.H. Colton No. 86 Cedar St. New York 1852 [pictorial vignette at lower right] Maidens Rock. Lake Pepin, on the Mississippi; border to border: 49.3 x 47.3 cm; overall sheet size: 54.5 x 50.5 cm. 12mo (19 x 13 cm), recent polished crimson calf, gilt-lettered maroon label. Scattered light foxing, else very good. Map fine save for a few clean splits at folds (no losses) and a bit of light staining at left margin where folded into book (not affecting map proper).

     First edition. Buck 473: “One of the best descriptive books of the period.” Graff 957. Howes C967. Sabin 18069. This book was intended to praise the area and to promote emigration to it, both from the East Coast of the United States and from Europe. As the author notes: “Our Great West is a fertile, healthy, and beautiful country, whose bountiful products reward toil and enterprise more liberally than any part of the world; and already begins to number its millions of industrious and intelligent population, with millions more turning their thoughts and faces thitherward” (p. xiv). So much for Texas bragging.

     Colton’s catalogue of publications at back includes descriptions of maps available from the Colton firm, the last of which is the large De Cordova map of Texas, then available at $5.00 (mounted) or $3.00 (pocket map), four sheets, 36 x 34 inches. “This is the only reliable map of Texas, and being on a large scale, exhibits minutely and with distinctness the natural features of the State and its several political divisions.” Endorsers include Sam Houston, David S. Kaufman, Thomas J. Rusk, S. Pilsbury, and Texas Ranger John Coffee Hayes.


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