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Harper's Weekly. New York: Harper's Weekly, September 10, 1887.
13¾ x 20½. Harper’s was the illustrated news publication of its day when wood engravings brought action and events to the nation before photographs could be easily reproduced. Here is an exciting scene from the early days of baseball. The second baseman reaches - bare handed - for a throw while the runner dashes toward the base. The artist is Gilbert Gaul (1855-1919). He is best known for his paintings and illustrations of the Civil War and the American West, but clearly this action packed sporting print is outstanding. A more prestigious commentator than we says, “It is one of the best period baseball prints ever produced.” Center fold as issued with some marginal paper toning, but better than usual without the binding holes often seen along the fold of double page Harper’s prints.
Genre: sporting print
Szwedzicki, C. Nice, France: C. Szwedzicki, 1938
1 of 400 published, numbered and signed. 2 folio sized portfolios, each with introductory text by Hartley Burr Alexander and 25 loose plates. Portfolios worn, a couple of the tie strings are missing. The folio sheets have minor edge wear and browning, but are clean and very good. A scarce pair of portfolios. Volume I reproduces art from Sioux and other tribes of the great plains. Artists include Kills Two, Pretty hawk, Chief Washakie and Silver Horn. Volume II is devoted to the art of Amos Bad Heart Buffalo, many of the images showing scenes of the Custer fight. A splendid collection of Native American art. Custer High Spot 105.
Automobile Club of Southern California. Los Angeles: Automobile Club of Southern California
143pp, maps. Original illustrated wrappers. Wraps soiled, internally clean and near fine. Sixty five strip maps provide early motorists the route from New York to Los Angeles plus mileage tables of the 3,216 mile route. Each map faces a page of text with a description of the road condition and a brief history of the vicinity. A code on the final page gives the year of publication as 1926. This is probably the last edition of the guide in this form, as national highway numbering began in that year. The western portion of the National Old Trails Road was substantially the path of Route 66.
Lahontan, Louis Armand, Baron de. John Brindley: London, 1735.
This the second English edition. Two volumes. , 280, 304pp, 4 maps (2 folding), 15 plates (5 folding) of 16 called for in Howes and Sabin, lacking frontispiece to Volume II. Original calf boards recessed with new spines. Scattered foxing and repairs to a couple of the folding sheets. A tight and handsome set. Baron de Lahontan was a captain in the French marines when he arrived in Montreal from France in 1683. During the next several years, he took part in the French campaign agains the Iroquois. In 1687 he traveled westward into the eastern Great Lakes and the following year he explored farther west reportedly reaching Mackinac on Lake Michigan. He later claimed to have continued from there along the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers to the Mississippi. His account - first published in 1703 - would doubtless have been fascinating and important even if he had not embellished his adventures with a story of traveling west of the Mississippi, an account with the veracity of “the legends of the sea serpent” according to Howes. According to Lahontan, he ascended the Riviera Longue where he came to th land of the Gnacsitare people and met some Mozeemiek Indians from even further west. They declared that his Long River flowed west to some low hills just beyond which was a westerly flowing stream that ran into a great salt lake which drained into the western ocean. They even made for him a map on a piece of deerskin which he faithfully reproduced in this account. It is A Map of ye Long River and of some others that fall into that small part of ye Great River of Mississippi (6½ x 13¼ inches by H. Moll) showing the region from Lake Superior aden Michigan (here Illness Lake) west along the major Morte or River Longue to this low hills and thence to a westward flowing river. Lahontan’s report was popular and influential for many years, his promise of an easy water route to the western ocean eagerly believed until Lewis and Clark proved otherwise. Although compromised by fantasies, this is an important account of mid-western travel with significant ethnographic content. Howes L25, Wheat 86, Sabin 38639.
Genre: Exploration Account
Fremont, John Charles. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1848
If one had to prepare a short list of maps that were milestones in the exploration of the American west this map would rank high. John Charles Fremont was controversial during his life and after, but the contribution of his first tow expeditions documented in this monumental map is indisputable. The map and accompanying account (not present here) were used by thousands of westering emigrants, and it became a primary source for commercial publishers thus expanding its impact far beyond the circulation of the original government document. It shows in skeleton form the routes examined by Fremont in 1842 of the Kansas and Platte Rivers to South Pass and the Wind River Mountains, and in 1843-44 westward into the Rockies around the Great Basin and into California. Starting from Westport on the eastern edge, the map shows Fremont’s routes through the Rockies to the Pacific. Although only showing those areas actually view by the expeditions, Carl Wheat says, “…the map depicting all these travels radically and permanently altered western cartography… [and]… n cartographer could find reasonable excuse for not fairly representing the main features of the west… This is an altogether memorable document.” Rivers and ocean are tinted blue. Originally folded, this example is rolled. Some folds are browned and there are minor repairs to some junctions. Good for a map often seen in pieces.
Genre: Exploration Map