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Pingenot Auction, Lot 318

318. WILLIAMS, Henry T. (editor). The Pacific Tourist. Williams’ Illustrated Trans-Continental Guide of Travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.... New York: Henry T. Williams, 1877. [2] 278 [9, index & ads] pp., profusely illustrated with full- and partial-page engravings (some after art by Thomas Moran, Joaquin Miller, et al.). Small 4to, late nineteenth-century full dark brown calf, gilt-lettered spine with raised bands, a.e.g. Very fine. Original owner’s signed ink notation that he purchased this book on the train, June 1877.
         Early edition of a rich source of iconography of the West (first edition, 1876—oft reprinted). Cowan, p. 686 (citing the 1881 edition and noting that the guide went through many editions). Flake 9876: "The character of the Mormons, detailed information on Utah cities, and other tourist information." Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators (citing the 1879 edition), pp. 88 (William de la Montagne Cary); 188 (Thomas Moran), 216 (J. Coolidge Warren); 218 (Alfred R. Waud). Paher, Nevada 2167: "There are valuable essays on how ore is reduced, a description of an Indian village, a Paiute burial, how Paiutes fish....Interesting reading." Pingenot: Contains full descriptions of railroad routes across the continent, all pleasure resorts and places of most noted scenery in the far west, also of all cities, towns, villages, U.S. forts, springs, lakes, mountains, etc. With special contributors by F. V. Hayden, Clarence King, Capt. Dutton, A. C. Peale, Joaquin Miller, J. B. Davis, and F. E. Shearer.