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Back of Beyond, ABAA/ILAB, RMABA
Andy Nettell and Marcee Nettell
83 N. Main Moab UT 84532
Western American, Natural History Prints, Literature
Booth#: 20 and 13

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Hand Book on the Mines, Miners, and Minerals of Utah. Kantner, H. W. B. Salt Lake City, R.W. Sloan, 1896.

6 3/8" x 4 5/8" 246 pp. Softcover. Very good. A scarce mining guide and directory. Stiff wraps are in silver and embossed gilt. Two previous owner's names are inscribed on the front, and a previous owner's name is on the first advertisement page. Creases, light soil, and light edge wear on cover. Edges and a few pages have light soil, dogears on a few pages. One leaf at the front has full-color advertisements, and other full-page advertisements and photographs illustrate the guide. Descriptions of the mines include production, histories, and process details for districts throughout the state. Under "Valuable Hints to Miners and Prospectors" are a useful glossary and description of how to do a prospector's assay.

Genre: Utah Mining

Price $825.00

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Arthur Atkins Photo Prints. Atkins, Arthur. No publisher or date listed.

9 1/2" x 11 1/2". 53 plates. Prints. Very Good. A very rare collection of 53 silver plates of the work of San Francisco painter Arthur Atkins (1873-1899). Housed in a grey cloth four-fold folder with heavy soil on the exterior. No date, but probably published in the decade after Atkins' death. Born in England, William Arthur Atkins immigrated to San Francisco and became known for his tonalist landscape paintings, influenced by his studies in Paris in 1897 and 1898 and by the artists Edouard Manet and James McNeil Whistler. His works were exhibited in the San Francisco gallery of Vickery, Atkins & Torrey, where Atkins' uncle William Kingston Vickery and brother Henry Atkins were owners. Most of his original works were destroyed by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake fires. The plates are black and white reproductions of Atkins' oil paintings, with grey borders that vary in tone from plate to plate and have some silvering on photo edges. Captions contain the name, date, and size of the original painting along with the owner of the painting. Almost all are in very good condition with some rubbing on one and light wear on edges. Modern research notes including a detailed biography of Atkins accompany the plates. No records found of this portfolio or other collections of plates. The only OCLC record related to any reproductions and dating from the period is a copy of the 1908 book Arthur Atkins: Extracts from the Letters With Notes on Painting and Landscape, by Bruce Porter, which contains several plates, and several of the plates here list Porter as the owner of the paintings depicted.

Keywords: San Francisco, Arthur Atkins, Painting, Tonalists

Price $1,750.00

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Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah. Burton, Sir Richard Francis. London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855-56

First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Hardcover. Very Good. A complete three-volume set of one of the best Middle East travel accounts of all time. Housed in a later brown cloth and half-leather custom clamshell. Bright blue original boards with black decorative imprint and gilt on spine. Sunning on spines. The spines have been rebacked with more recent endpapers and rehinging, and the board edges have been expertly repaired, still with bumped edges. There is some chipping of pages, with three pages missing margin pieces of about an inch. Pages are generally clean with light soil spots on just a few and light dampstaining on margin edge of frontispieces. Toning on endpapers and pages edges. There is a blue postmarked stamp from Hejaz, the kingdom Burton traveled through, with the penciled year of 1920 next to it on the title page of Volume I. Pages xiv, errata page, 388, [1]-24 adverts; iv, 426; x, [1] plate list, 448. With five bright chromo-lithographs (one a frontispiece of Burton dressed as a pilgrim) , eight tinted plates, two black and white full-page engravings, and three folding plans or maps. In 1853 Englishman Richard Francis Burton disguised himself as a Muslim pilgrim to observe an Arabia virtually inaccessible to westerners at the time. He travelled to Medina and the forbidden holy city of Mecca, ascertaining for westerners that the prophet Mohammed's tomb was in Medina, not Mecca, and meticulously describing every aspect of the cultures he encountered. His account was deemed quite accurate by later adventurers and observers in the region, including T. E. Lawrence. An amazing narrative, in a scarce set.

Keywords: Richard Francis Burton, Meccah, Medina,

Price $8,900.00

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Manitou Springs, Colorado. Jackson, William Henry. No date.

14 1/4" x 19 1/2". Photograph. Very Good. A silver gelatin photograph of the town of Manitou Springs, Colorado from above, circa late 1800s. In shrinkwrap, with artifact lines in the scan image. There is no imprint, but the photo is by photographer of the West William Henry Jackson. The photo is mounted and has a light dampstain in the upper right corner. Visible features are the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad depot, Manitou House Hotel, Mansions Hotel, a building with "Livery" on the roof and wall, and the coal plant, with Pike's Peak in the distance.

Price $750.00

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President Lincoln's Reasons for Sustaining the Arrest of Vallandigham. Lincoln, Abraham. 1863

7 1/2" x 4 1/2". 12 pp. Pamphlet. Very Good. A pamphet of a letter by Abraham Lincoln. Light chipping, fold creases, and light soil and toning. The case of Clement Vallandigham was one of the most controversial court martials of the Civil War. A former friend of Lincoln's, Vallandigham was an Ohio Democrat who opposed the war and was accused of sympathizing with the enemy and tried under Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus for acts discouraging enlistment and weakening the Union. He was exiled to the Confederacy. This letter is addressed to Erastus Corning and others, New York participants in one of several political meetings that sent resolutions condemning Vallandigham's treatment. Scarce, with only one copy found on OCLC.

Keywords: Clement Vallandigham, Civil War, Abraham Lincoln

Price $250.00

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