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Pingenot Auction, Lot 74

74. CONKLING, Roscoe P. and Margaret B. Conkling. The Butterfield Overland Mail, 1857-1869. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1947. Text: 412 + 446 pp., maps, illustrations, portraits. Atlas: 8 [2] pp., 76 plates, 3 large folding maps. 3 vols., 8vo, original red cloth, t.e.g. Signed on the front endpaper by both authors. Very fine set.
        First edition. Clark & Brunet 50: "With its detailed information on routes, the various stations, and the personnel, it is constantly in demand, and the book’s value has appreciated dramatically over the years." Dobie, p. 78. Rocq 16779. Pingenot: The definitive study of this extraordinary trail which stretched from El Paso to St. Louis, then to St. Joseph and west to Sacramento and San Francisco, and back to El Paso. It is based on original research in public and private archives throughout the country, as well as the authors’ own retracing of the original routes mile by mile.