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    Hosea B. Horn. Horn's Overland Guide, from the U. S. Indian Sub-Agency, Council Bluffs, on the Missouri River, to the City of Sacramento, in California... New York: J. H. Colton, 1852. First edition, first issue. 16mo in sixes. iv, [5]-78 pages with 18-page publisher's catalogue inserted at end. With folding map, "Map to Illustrate Horn's Overland Guide to California and Oregon," New York: J. H. Colton, 1852. In publisher's original blindstamped cloth, front cover lettered in gilt; worn and rubbed with some scattered staining and spotting, somewhat sunned, corners bumped, head and tail of spine rubbed. Cream-colored endpapers, all edges trimmed; spotting to endpapers, bookseller's stamp in red ink to front free endpaper, front fly leaf dampstained. Scattered foxing, spotting, and thumbsoiling to text block. Folding map with route hand-colored in red tipped-in to rear pastedown as issued, unfolded measures 13.75 x 21.25 inches (349 x 539 mm); scattered staining and soiling to map, a few minor chips and tears with negligible losses, tear to top left (approximately 2 inches; 51 mm), tear to top right along vertical fold (approximately 4.625 inches; 117 mm), vertical tear from lower margin (approximately 2 inches; 51 mm), tear along horizontal fold (approximately 9 inches; 229 mm). Still, a good copy of the rare first issue.

    Per Graff, this is the rare first issue of the Guide with 1852 on title page, no newspaper notices on page 5 under "Certificates," and the advertisement for the Council Bluffs Agency Ferry appears on page 68 (appears on page [84] in later issues). Wheat remarks, "Several so-called "guides" were published during this period, but all were deficient in respect to many of the details on which the emigrants most wished to be advised." Horn's Overland Guide provided that much desired advice. Howes refers to it as, "[the] best hand-book for the central route available at the time..." and Cowan calls it, "a small work highly useful in its time..." Importantly, Streeter notes, "This is one of the best of the guides, as it is one of the few where the distances were closely measured." However, only the second issue appeared in the Streeter collection.

    The second issue comes to auction with some regularity; it appears only one copy of the first issue with the map present has appeared at auction in the past 100 years.

    Cowan p. 114 (citing second issue), Graff 1952, Howes H-641, Jones 1278, Sabin 33021 (citing second issue), Streeter 3170 (second issue), Wagner-Camp 214 (citing second issue), Wheat California Gold Region 221.

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