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  • Coeur d'Alene]

    Published by Washington, 1957

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    5pp. Original printed wrappers. Very good. Prints the Coeur d'Alene constitution approved on Aug. 8, 1947.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM25500

  • Barrows, William

    Published by Boston, 1869

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    268pp. Original cloth. Gilt pictorial spine. Very good. The adventures of Gen. Willard Barrows, who crossed the plains to California in 1850 and travelled to Idaho and Montana in the 1860s. Gen. Barrows issued the first map of Iowa in 1845, and wrote a history of Scott County. The author of this work was the General's brother. HOWES B188. MINTZ 23. GRAFF 196.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM1070

  • Fisk, James L.

    Published by Washington, 1864

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    38pp. Gathered signatures, stitched. Light toning. Very good. 38th Cong. 1st Sess. Includes an "Itinerary of route from Fort Benton to Bannock City," Captain Fisk's report entitled "North Overland Expedition, for the Protection of Emigrants, from St. Cloud, Minnesota, via Forts Abercrombie and Benton, to the Rocky Mountains, Idaho, &c.," and "Itinerary of route from Fort Abercrombie to Fort Benton." WAGNER-CAMP 399. GRAFF 1333. HOWES F154a.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM1210

  • Seller image for RAND, McNALLY & CO.'S INDEXED COUNTY AND RAILROAD POCKET MAP AND SHIPPERS' GUIDE OF IDAHO for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Idaho]

    Published by Chicago & New York, 1906

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    15,[3]pp. plus. folding color map, 54 x 35 cm. Near fine, in original stiff printed wrappers. An attractive color map of the state, showing fewer counties than are present today. The railroads are listed in red with numbers on map keyed to list.

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  • Idaho]

    Published by Government Printing Office, Washington, 1890

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    94pp. plus folding map. Stapled, good. Original wrappers torn but present. The governor (George Shoup) reports on the population (113,777 people total!), public lands, railroads (total mileage and broken down by company), agriculture with a detailed description of each county, stock-raising, mining, forestry, education, Indians and Indian reservations, irrigation, militia, all the newspapers published, all the religous denominations represented and the finances. Perhaps the most interesting segment of this very informative report is the large section on the Idaho insane asylum. There is a description of a horrible fire, occurring in 1889, that killed several patients and allowed many others to escape. There are also many tables of information about the asylum, from the types of disorders, to the finances, to the daily activities of the patients. Overall, this thorough analysis appears to be the first report since Idaho gained statehood in July 1890.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM26399

  • 295pp. Modern cloth and boards. Old library perforation stamp on title, else good. Record of legislative activities: reading of bills, voting on bills, governor messages, etc.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM26221

  • 347 pp. Modern cloth and boards. Old library peroration stamp on title, else good. Committee reports, roll call, bills passing, motions, resolutions - a thorough record of the Idaho legislature.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM26222

  • 274pp. Modern cloth and boards, leather label. Old library perforation on title; upper outer corner of title torn away, affecting six letters of text. Else good. Record of the proceedings of the assembly. Mainly consists of reading of bills, referring the bills to committees and then voting on the bills. The occasional governor's message, roll call, or committee report.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM26220

  • Allen, William A.

    Published by Chicago, 1903

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    302pp. Portrait. Illus. Three quarter calf and marbled boards. Hinges worn and weak. Internally very good. Allen spent years hunting and travelling in Montana, Idaho and the Dakotas in the 1880s and '90s. He tangled with some Indians and ran into some bad types such as Calamity Jane, though his veracity here is questionable. HOWES A165. ADAMS SIX-GUNS 26.

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  • 150pp. Modern three-quarter cloth and paper boards, front board lettered in blue. Lacking front wrapper. Modern bookplate on front pastedown. Titlepage dust soiled and slightly dampstained, with short closed tear to fore- edge near lower corner. Good. A scarce Idaho promotional pamphlet. Quite detailed sections on mining, stock raising, native trees and plants, and agriculture in general. Also a chapter on Idaho Indian tribes. An early work on the prospects of Idaho. HOWES O92, "aa." GRAFF 3112. ADAMS HERD 1717.

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  • Lees, J.A.: Clutterbuck, W.J.

    Published by Longmans, Green, and Co., London, 1888

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    viii,387pp. plus eighteen plates and color folding map. Original publisher's pictorial cloth, stamped in silver and black. Corners bumped, spine extremities and edges lightly worn. Moderate foxing. About very good. A humorous account of a trip through British Columbia undertaken by an English party whose self-proclaimed purpose was to assess the area's "capabilities as a home for some of the public-school and university young men who, in this overcrowded old England of ours, every year find themselves more 'de trop.'" The expedition spends most of its time travelling the Columbia and Moyie Rivers in southeastern British Columbia, before ending their journey at Sandpoint in Idaho Territory. LOWTHER 791. DAVIDSON 390.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM52059

  • Colorado Mining]

    Published by Commonwealth Print, [Denver, Co.], 1864

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    7 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches. Tanned, small closed tear in upper edge. Very good. A very early example of Colorado printing and a record of mining in the booming area. The receipt records claim number 11, southwest, in the Mountain Lode as belonging to F. Angevine. It is dated in manuscript, Aug. 30, 1864, and signed by L. Merriman, Recorder. Numerous types are used in the printing, and an ornamental column appears in the left margin. The COMMONWEALTH newspaper was printed in Denver between 1862 and 1864, and this mining certificate is a product of that press. McMurtrie records several different mining receipts printed in Colorado in the 1860s, but not the present example. Scarce. McMURTRIE (COLORADO), p.42.

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    153pp. Original black blindstamped cloth, spine gilt. Spine ends chipped, corners of boards worn. Faint tideline, else rather clean internally. Lacks the map. The narrative includes a day-by-day itinerary during a journey of forty-seven days from Walla Walla to Fort Benton, with a general description of the route. The "Addenda" of Mullan's work describes recent developments in the mining of gold and silver in Idaho. STREETER SALE 2106. WAGNER-CAMP 420a. TWENEY 89, 55. GRAFF 2933. SABIN 51274. HOWES M885. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 1126. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 166.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM20413

  • 14pp. plus folding color map, 14 x 21 inches. In 12mo. original printed wrappers. Minor chipping to wrappers. Some fold separations to map. Good plus. An attractive color map of the state, including the railroad system, and also "all cities, towns, post offices, railroad stations, villages, counties, islands, lakes, rivers, etc." Rare, with only one copy in OCLC, at Southern Methodist University's DeGolyer Library. OCLC 641244584.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM51165

  • xiii,329pp. Contemporary three-quarter sheep and marbled boards, gilt spine labels. Head of spine and labels chipped, edge and corner wear, boards scuffed. Light dampstaining along fore-edge of initial leaves, light tanning throughout. About very good. A scarce early Idaho imprint, publishing the laws passed by the third session of the territorial legislature. The territory was organized under the Organic Act in 1863 with an area that included Montana and Wyoming. The statutes deal mostly with mining, as well as government organization, infrastructure, and ranching. OCLC locates only three copies, at Brigham Young, the University of Minnesota, and the Autry Museum. AII (IDAHO) 33.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM52190

  • 10pp. Folio. Self-wrappers, stitched. Very good. This is the treaty of Lapwai Valley. The Nez Perce "roamed between the Blue Mountains in Oregon and the Bitter Root Mountains in Idaho.but by treaty of 1855 they ceded a large part of this territory to the United States. The reservation in which they were confined.included the Wallowa valley in Oregon, as well as a large district in Idaho. With the discovery of gold and the consequent influx of miners and settlers the Oregon districts were in demand, and a new treaty was made by which the tribe was confined to the reservation of Lapwai, Idaho. The occupants of Wallowa valley refused to recognize the treaty, and finally, under then chief, Joseph, took active measures of resistance, and the Nez Perce War of 1877 resulted" - Hodge. EBERSTADT INDIAN TREATIES 79. GOODSPEED 312:63.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM11039

  • 22,[1]pp. including full-page map and two full-page plates. Gathered signatures, string-tied as issued. About fine. The fourth in a series of scarce reports by the Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. This report describes the state of church activities in those places as well as in Idaho, with accounts of Randall's visits. He describes not only the status of the ministries, but the conditions in towns large and small; mining operations (and a recent hurricane) in Colorado; hot springs in Idaho, etc. Santa Fe and La Missila, New Mexico, Randall reports, are still lacking ministers. The illustrations include Jarvis Hall in Golden, Colorado (destroyed by the hurricane), and Wolfe Hall in Denver. The map shows a large swath of the Rocky Mountain West, with the locations of churches, parochial schools, forts with Episcopal ministers, and more. OCLC locates only three copies of this report, at the Huntington Library, New-York Historical Society, and BYU. Scarce, and containing useful information. OCLC 228711641, 58659484.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM47968

  • Idaho]

    Published by Frank Kenyon, Boise City, 1866

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    237,[1]pp. Original printed wrappers. Front wrapper chipped and torn, with some text loss. Small tears and paper loss slightly affectly text persist through initial leaves, with titlepage somewhat crudely repaired. Light tanning. Good. An extremely scarce Idaho imprint, publishing the journal from the third session of the territorial Council, which met at the end of 1865 through the beginning of 1866. This body acted as the upper house of the legislature and initially consisted of seven members. The journal of the council records the events, votes, and several speeches made in the chamber, mostly dealing with the regulation of mining, cattle ranching, infrastructure, and the organization of the territory. Not in OCLC, though AMERICAN IMPRINTS INVENTORY (IDAHO) notes copies at five institutions. AII (IDAHO) 34.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM52192

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    Idaho Photographica]

    Published by [Emmett, Id.; Sweet, Id.; Portland, Or, 1921

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    Two albums. 169 total photographs, mounted, from 1 x 1 to 3 x 5 inches. Matching albums of black textured cloth, with blindstamping on front boards. Wear, rubbing, and some light soiling to boards. Twelve leaves detached (but present and undamaged) in first album, some water damage to second album with minor damage to twenty photos which became stuck together, minor fading and curling to a handful of other photos. Overall very good. Engaging photographs by and of a couple living in Emmett, Idaho, just north of Boise, and their travels throughout the region, as well as to Portland, Oregon. The man is never named, but is presumably the photographer in most cases, as he is referred to as "Me" or "I" in the captions; the woman is named Daisy. Many of the photographs are captioned in manuscript, either with a paper label pasted below the photo or written directly on the photo itself, usually identifying the location and subjects. The first album begins with photos of Daisy, and "Auntie" and "Grandad" from Portland. There are several photos of the Payette River and the bridge in Emmett, including a few where the bridge has been damaged by flooding. There is a photo of the "new" Emmett High School building (dated 1921) and Wardwell Elementary School. There are also several pictures of the photographer's mother and siblings, friends and extended family, the family home (301 E. 1st St, Emmett), and numerous shots of Daisy. The photographer, Daisy, and friends make several trips to the nearby towns of Sweet and Montour and the hot springs there, as well as over the border to Vale and Fruitland, Oregon. The second album continues in a similar vein, starting with several photos from a trip to Lake Lowell (Deer Flat Reservoir), about thirty miles southwest of Emmett. Next are photos of Arrowrock Dam on the Boise River, just east of Boise. There are aerial views of the dam, as well as photos of it under construction, including shots of the outlet gates and the dam before and after filling. The Arrowrock Dam was completed in October, 1915, and at the time was the tallest dam in the world (until the completion of the Schräh dam in Switzerland in 1924). Finally, there are photos from a visit to lumber mills in Placerville, Idaho. About two dozen of the images in these albums are photo prints from a larger collection of professional photos, including aerial views of Emmett, the Boise Payette Lumber Co. mill, the Payette River, and downtown Emmett. An interesting collection of photos documenting life in Emmett as the region was the in process of transitioning from a mining economy to agriculture and lumber processing.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM56100

  • Seller image for REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, COMMUNICATING, IN COMPLIANCE WITH A RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE, A COPY OF THE TOPOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR AND MAP OF COLONEL WRIGHT'S LATE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE INDIANS IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON TERRITORIES [caption title] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    82pp. Lacking the two folding maps, as usual. Contemporary black morocco presentation binding, sympathetically rebacked in modern black morocco, front board stamped in gilt. Lightly shelfworn. Very good. A presentation copy, inscribed "Compliments of Lieut Mullan U.S. Army" on the front free endpaper, and in a black morocco presentation binding. This is Mullan's rare report on Colonel George Wright's "expedition against hostile northern Indians, of his march from Fort Dalles, Oregon, to the Coeur d'Alene mission, via Fort Walla-Walla, during the summer and autumn of 1858." Mullan's detailed "topographical memoir" is composed of correspondence by himself, Colonel Wright, Lieutenant Colonel E.J. Steptoe, and other American military leaders who participated in the battles with the Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and Pelouze Indians at Four Lakes and Spokane Plains. The last three pages record distances between various points in the Pacific Northwest "on the line of march followed by the military expedition against the northern Indians under Colonel G. Wright." Mullan's other two major works, REPORT ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MILITARY ROAD FROM FORT WALLA-WALLA TO FORT BENTON and MINERS AND TRAVELERS' GUIDE TO OREGON, WASHINGTON.VIA THE MISSOURI AND COLUMBIA RIVERS. came four and six years later, respectively. An early report on the conflicts between the United States Army and Native Americans in Oregon and Washington, with a rare presentation inscription from the major author and compiler of the report. Not in Graff, Field, or Sabin. HOWES W695, "aa." GOODSPEED 549:489.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM55982

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    Union Pacific Railroad]

    Published by [Various places in the American West, as described below below, 1940

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    Sixty-nine photographs, 8 x 10 inches each, mounted on linen and bound in two volumes. Oblong small folios. Black pebbled vinyl, secured by brads. Moderate wear to covers, a few photos creased at edge and most starting to curl, linen backing fraying on some photos, but overall very good. A collection of striking promotional photographs created to enhance Union Pacific Railroad travel brochures. This collection is focused almost exclusively on the Western United States. The first volume consists primarily of campus photos of western universities, with captions in pencil on the verso. Photographs portray the Universities of Nebraska, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Denver, Kansas, Idaho, and Montana; Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Kansas State Universities; and finally Stanford University, College of Idaho, Midland College (Nebraska), Doane College, and Creighton University. The last five photos are images of entrees, perhaps for dinner menus on western routes. A number of these photos are stamped "Please Credit Union Pacific Railroad Photo" on the verso. The second volume is composed exclusively of scenes from Colorado, with typed captions on the verso. There are images from Rocky Mountain National Park more broadly, including Alberta Falls, Pike's Peak Railway, and the Hidden Inn, but the majority are in and around Colorado Springs. There are shots of the Broadmoor and Antlers Hotels, downtown Colorado Springs, Seven Falls, Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, and Will Rogers Shrine. The album then moves to southwestern Colorado, with images of Ridgway, scenes along the Million Dollar Highway, Steamboat Springs, San Juan Mountains, and Silverton and Molas Lake. A number of these photos are also stamped on the verso with Union Pacific stamps, these specifically mentioning the Public Relations Department in Los Angeles and including the identification number of the negative.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM55587

  • French, Frank

    Published by H.M. Higgins, Chicago, 1864

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    5pp. sheet music. Folio. Very minor soiling and wear. Vertical fold reinforced with tissue. Very good plus. Sheet music promoting immigration to Idaho. The cover has a woodcut of a Conestoga wagon drawn by four mules. "They say, there is a land, Where crystal waters flow, O'er beds of quarts [sic] and purest gold, Way out in Idaho.We'll need to pick or spade, No shovel, pan, or hoe, The largest chunks are 'top of ground, Way out in Idaho." The only copy we find recorded is in the Streeter sale in 1968, sold to Goodspeed's for $60. STREETER SALE 3306.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM47394

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    xviii,809; xxiv,[2],503pp. In-text figures, plus numerous maps (some folding) and chromolithographic plates. Large folding map in rear pocket of second volume. Original cloth, spine gilt. Spine lightly spotted. Ex-library, with bookplates on front and rear pastedowns, and with several ink stamps on front and rear endpapers. Lightly tanned, else internally clean. A good, sound copy. Hayden's famous two-part report, entirely devoted to the Yellowstone. A vast compendium of geological data, beautifully illustrated with chromolithographs. Goetzmann describes this as Hayden's final attempt "to encompass a systematic geological survey of the region." Goetzmann, EXPLORATION AND EMPIRE, p.526.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM51794

  • Seller image for PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM OF ROBERT PERRY BRYAN, MINING AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEER AT BUNKER HILL MINE, IDAHO, AND HIS WIFE JUNIETA, AT THE TURN OF THE 20th CENTURY] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Bryan, Robert Perry and Junieta M.

    Published by [Wardner, Id.; Kellogg, Id.; Spokane, Wa, 1906

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    Fifty-four photographs, 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, one on each album page, mounted within a paper photo frame, most with manuscript captions. Lock of son Everett's baby hair tied in a pink ribbon laid in. Oblong small quarto. Pebbled red cloth, silver gilt lettering to front cover. Front joint nearly broken, rear joint weakening, wear to extremities, light soiling to boards, endpapers removed. A few small edge tears to paper photo frames, fading or slight warping to a few photos. Overall very good. An intimate photo album documenting the early career and life of Robert Perry Bryan ("Perry") and his wife, Junieta ("June") in northern Idaho and eastern Washington in the early 20th century. Bryan moved to Silver Valley in northern Idaho in 1900 to help rebuild the Bunker Hill Mine, then one of the largest mining operations in the world. In the midst of a labor strike in April 1899, a group of miners affiliated with the Western Federation of Miners seized a Northern Pacific train in Burke, Idaho and took it to Wardner. After a shootout with the Bunker Hill security guards, they laid three thousand pounds of dynamite to the concentrator and completely destroyed it. They also burned the company office, boarding house, and the home of the mine manager. Despite this, Bunker Hill was able to rebuild quickly, and was up and running with even greater capacity within three months. The album begins with small photos of Perry and June, and then an image of June with their son Everett (1901-1972) in Spokane. Scenes of the mine start with the "Wreck of Mine," which shows a jungle of splintered wood following the blast. There are also group shots with the miners, and a shot of the Army encampment at Kellogg, Idaho, including Bryan's note that they were "colored soldiers." Governor Frank Steunenberg had requested that federal troops be ordered into Kellogg and the Silver Valley, and those troops included the all- black 24th Infantry Regiment (Buffalo Soldiers). There are several scenes from a steamship on Lake Coeur d'Alene and then along the Spokane River and Spokane Falls, including a shot of a Bunker Hill power station on the river. In 1903, Washington Water and Power completed over eighty miles of electrical lines between Spokane Falls and Burke, and the company was able to upgrade to electrical machinery, likely with the help of Bryan. There are additional shots of the Bunker Hill Mine in the course of rebuilding, and a shot of the aerial tramway that connected the mine in Wardner with the mill in Kellogg. Interspersed are several photos of Perry and June together at home and visiting with friends, as well as traveling throughout the Inland Northwest, including stops at mining locations. A fascinating look into the heyday of mining (and labor wars) in the northwest just as it was starting to modernize.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM55935

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    Minnesota]: [Johnson, Edwin F.]: [Northern Pacific Railroad]

    Published by [Washington, 1868

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    39pp. plus large color folding map. Modern maroon cloth, gilt maroon morocco label. Minor dust soiling in text. Map bright and clean. Overall very good. An application to Congress by the Northern Pacific Railroad, headed by Minnesota railroad magnate James J. Hill, for federal aid to support the Railroad's expansion to the West Coast. The petition reviews the railroad's original charter and includes an impressive color folding map, "Map of the Country from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean," which illustrates the railroad's route from Duluth to Seattle and Portland. This map was originally produced to accompany Edwin Johnson's report on the feasibility of the railroad. This is one of the finest maps of the region traversed to be issued up to this time, and was produced by Colton in New York, not by the government. Wheat devotes several pages to discussing it, noting that "the detail of such a map defies cataloging." Above the map appears an elevation chart for the same distance. A fine account of railroad expansion in the Northwest. Rare. Not on OCLC. MIDLAND NOTES 68-164. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 1169.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM33573

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    California]

    Published by Pacific States Telephone Companies, San Francisco, 1899

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    [4],vi,[2],vii-viii,494,[2]pp. Original printed buckram boards. Small hole drilled through front and rear boards for hanging. Boards soiled and edge worn, remains of adhesive to rear pastedown, bookplate affixed to rear pastedown. Minor soiling and tanning to text, small tear in upper part of pp. 493-94 (affecting a few letters of text). Very good overall. Scarce telephone directory for California, Oregon, Washington, and northern Idaho, advertising listings for all 47,874 subscribers, often including addresses. The front pastedown provides instructions for how to use the telephone and make calls, along with advice on telephone etiquette and how to contact non-subscribers. Although the telephone had been around for over twenty years at this point, people apparently still benefited from the advice to "speak in a moderate tone and directly into the transmitter, with the lips as close as possible to the mouthpiece." Likewise, callers are advised to be clear about who they are and whom they are calling: "Much friction and annoyance will be avoided if this simple plan is carried out." After a few pages with information on long distance and line rates, there is a "Supplemental List" for San Francisco dated April 1, 1899, and printed on pink paper. Between pp.vi-vii of this supplement, facing a page titled "Chinese Exchange," is a yellow leaf printed in Chinese on one side. The final leaf and rear pastedown have additional information on features available to subscribers, and printed in black and red on the rear board is a map of the coverage area, highlighting the "21,000 miles of copper wire" running up and down the west coast. The directory begins with San Francisco listings, organized alphabetically by subscriber, and then covers the rest of California - Acampo to Zaca - alphabetically by city. Next are Oregon listings, printed on pink paper and arranged alphabetically by city. Washington follows, again arranged alphabetically by city; and then the final two pages include listings for sixteen towns in north Idaho. The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in March 1876 created a new and swiftly-developing commercial market for rapid communication. Less than a year later, the first newspaper report was delivered over the phone. The invention of the microphone in 1877 paired nicely with the new telephone technology, and the Bell Telephone Company was born in July of that year. The first telephone directory in the U.S. was issued in New Haven, Connecticut, seven month later, in February, 1878, and the second directory in the U.S. was issued in San Francisco in June, 1878. OCLC lists five copies of this March, 1899 issue: Yale (damaged), Sacramento Public Library, L.A. County Natural History Museum, and the Nevada State Library. OCLC 55676511, 19667877, 29785821.

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  • Seller image for NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD. MEMORIAL OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTION OF THE COMPANY, WITH COMMUNICATIONS FROM LIEUTENANT GENERAL GRANT, BREVET MAJOR GENERAL MEIGS, Q.M.G., AND BREVET MAJOR GENERAL INGALLS, A.Q.M. AND REPORT OF THE ENGINEER IN CHIEF [wrapper title] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    39pp. plus large color folding map, 23 1/4 x 44 3/4 inches. Original printed wrappers. Presentation inscription on front wrapper (see below). Wrapper edges chipped, minor soiling and tanning to wrappers, spine partially chipped, old vertical fold to pamphlet. Light foxing and tanning and occasional soiling throughout, Map with a few small closed tears at cross-folds (with no loss). About very good. This copy is inscribed on the front wrapper: "With Regards of James Tilton C.E." Tilton (1819-78) was then chief engineer of the Washington Division of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Thanks in part to his support for Franklin Pierce's presidential campaign, Tilton was appointed the first Surveyor General of Washington Territory and served from 1853-61. Both the Tilton River and Fort Tilton (near Fall City, Washington) are named for him. An important report to Congress by the Northern Pacific Railroad, headed by Minnesota railroad magnate James J. Hill, for federal aid to support the Railroad's expansion to the West Coast. The petition reviews the railroad's original charter, printing with it a memorial from the NPRR's Board of Directors, and supporting communications from military figures including Montgomery Meigs and Ulysses S. Grant. Since the early 1850s Edwin Johnson, described by Wheat as a "visionary" engineer, had been associated with the plan to build a railroad across the northern part of the United States, from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast. In 1867 he was named chief engineer of the Northern Pacific, and this memorial is a work of major importance for the history of the railroad. It includes Johnson's topographical survey of the route to the Pacific, a discussion of potential problems that may be encountered, and a detailed economic and military survey of the area in justification of construction. The exceptional large folding "Map of the Country from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean from the Latest Explorations and Surveys" was produced by the Colton firm in New York. One of the finest maps of the region to date, it shows the area from Detroit to the Pacific, well into Canada and south to about the 39th parallel. Johnson has drawn the route of the Northern Pacific from Lake Superior to Washington Territory, where the line splits, with one branch heading toward Fort Vancouver and the other to Puget Sound. Among the details shown on the map are the Pony Express route, wagon routes and overland mail routes, exploration routes and other proposed railroad routes, the locations of Indian tribes, mineral deposits, military forts, and much more. Wheat gives a long description of the map, and remarks that "the detail of such a map defies cataloging." Construction on the Northern Pacific Railroad began in 1870 and was completed in 1883. Edwin Johnson did not see its completion, dying in 1872. An edition of this report, with the supporting documents and map, was also privately published in Hartford. A significant, early account of railroad expansion in the Northwest. We could find only ten copies listed in OCLC, and this is the first copy we have seen in wrappers, and with a presentation from an important engineer on the project. RAILWAY ECONOMICS, pp.242-43. SABIN 55819 (Hartford edition). WHEAT, TRANSMISSISSIPPI WEST V, item 1169, pp.205-09. PHILLIPS, MAPS, p.916. DECKER 37:266 (Hartford ed). MIDLAND NOTES 68:164. OCLC 60578657.

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  • Seller image for COLLECTION OF LATE-19th-CENTURY LAWS FOR THE TERRITORY OF IDAHO] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Idaho]

    Published by Boise City, 1889

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    Five volumes. Uniform 20th-century tan buckram, leather labels. Minor shelf wear and shelf marks or remnants thereof. Institutional ink or blind stamps on titlepages and some leaves. Good. An interesting group of Idaho territorial laws leading up to Idaho statehood. The first volume is a compilation of revised laws produced or promulgated by the eighth session of the territorial legislature; the remaining four volumes are general laws produced by the eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, and fifteenth territorial legislatures, respectively. Idaho would become the forty-third state of the Union on July 3, 1890, the year after the last imprint offered here.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM53973

  • Seller image for COLLECTION OF 421 PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVES DEPICTING LIFE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF IDAHO AND UTAH, INCLUDING MINING ACTIVITY, AND HOME LIFE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Perkins, Thomas A.

    Published by [Various places in Idaho, Utah, and California (see below), 1929

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    421 photograph negatives, 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches each. Housed in three button-fastened negative albums. Moderate wear to albums. One negative torn, a few negatives faded or warped. Very good overall. A fascinating collection of original photographic negatives created and organized by Thomas A. Perkins (1859-1938), surveyor, mining engineer, and accomplished amateur photographer, and brother of feminist writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Almost all of the negatives are numbered with corresponding dated captions either written on the negative sleeves or compiled in lists at the end of each album, sometimes with notes from Perkins about exposure times and photo quality. The images begin in 1907 with about 150 shots taken in and around Hailey, Idaho and the Big Wood and Little Wood Rivers. Perkins was involved with the Silver Fortune mine, and there are several images depicting miners and mining operations there, including a cabin, the portal shed and its interior, a man moving a car out of a shaft, and the ore sorting plant. Other images show the locations of other mines and their surrounding buildings, including North Star Gulch, Courier Gulch, Elkhorn, and Outlook Mountain (though Perkins was likely referring to "Lookout"). Two photos showCharles Sonnleitner, manager at the Caledonia Mining Company in 1917, near a mine at Outlook Mountain. Four of the photo negatives show W.R.C. Johnstone and his ranch. There are also images of the house and ranch of W.J. Crooks, and of Crooks with his horses and family, and two shots of T.E. Picotte, publisher of the WOOD RIVER DAILY TIMES, the second daily paper circulated in Idaho Territory. Approximately fifty negatives show the local terrain with detailed captions, allowing one to retrace Perkins' steps through the region that includes Croesus Park, Joaquin Hill, Climax Hill, and Fish Creek. Perkins returned in 1917, 1918, and 1919 and took photos of structures at the Dollarbride mill, the "rediscovery" of the Hemlock mine, and the Egan and Ellingsen ranches. Next is a series of approximately eighty- five images in and around Marysvale, Utah in 1912. In addition to images of the terrain, there are a number of photos of commercial buildings, including those of the Southern Utah Wholesale Company, the Grand Hotel, and a restaurant. There are also many views of the settlement itself, including building and homes with their residents standing outside. There are about fifteen images in and around Minidoka in 1909, including homes and other structures and a dam. Several shots from Tuscarora, Nevada and the Bull Run Basin in California in 1909 finish out this section. Finally, there are approximately 100 images from Southern California in the 1920s, of which about half show Perkins' homes in Pasadena, his wife, Margaret, and youngest son, Thomas. Other images show the neighborhood and scenes from Goff Island and Three Arch Bay near Laguna Beach, where they would camp and swim. An excellent collection of images on mining and life in the early 20th-century West.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM55603

  • Seller image for HISTORY OF IDAHO TERRITORY SHOWING ITS RESOURCES AND ADVANTAGES; WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY, RESIDENCES, FARMS, MINES, MILLS, HOTELS, BUSINESS HOUSES, SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, &c for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    [9],20-304,[1]pp. plus maps and numerous unnumbered leaves of lithographs. Folio. Contemporary half sheep and publisher's cloth, tooled in blind and gilt. Boards scuffed and stained. Top edge lightly dampstained, minor scattered foxing. About very good. The first "full-scale history of Idaho" (Howes). This work contains illustrations of Idaho Territory's prominent citizens and their homes, including many specific ranches and farms; many of the buildings in Boise as well as street-scenes and views of other towns; mines, mills, and other industries of the territory; and a map of the territory with an inset of Old Faithful Geyser. The frontispiece is a view of Shoshone Falls on the Snake River. The introductory remarks indicate that the text has been divided into twenty-six sections for easy reference, including a history of the Northwest Territory; missionaries and immigration; a description of Idaho Territory's physical features, climate, soils, and natural resources; the "state of society in the Territory," biographical sketches of prominent citizens, and public schools; the native peoples and animals; and "miscellaneous historical matters." In the section entitled "Primitive Inhabitants" the native tribes of the area are listed, with a brief description of each: "The Pend d'Oreilles are peaceable, industrious, and, in the main, self- supporting. Many of them have adopted the dress, and, in a measure, the customs and habits of civilized people.The Kootenay's are an indolent, thriftless people, too cowardly to fight, too indolent to work, and many of them too lazy to hunt.The Shoshones are well supplied with good horses, and warmly and decently clad, with the single exception, dirt." And so forth. There is an extensive section on the Nez Perce, encompassing the Nez Perce War and efforts to relocate the tribe to a reservation. This work contains a remarkable group of lithographs illustrating ranches, houses, and properties in the Territory, making it a tremendous visual resource for the American West. HOWES I2 "aa". EBERSTADT 131:349.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM40403