Rarest of Colorado Local HistoriesJ[unius]. E. Wharton. History of the City of Denver From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time...To Which is Added a Full and Complete Business Directory of the City. Denver: Byers & Dailey, Printers, . May 1909 reprint of the first history of Denver from 1866. Octavo. [1-3], 4-184 pages. Bound in modern quarter red morocco over striped cloth using the original wrappers. Public library stamp on top edge; original front wrapper laid-on to stiff paper, the verso in facsimile; else an internally clean copy in very good condition.
"Rarest of Colorado local histories; first of this city." (Howes). "Among connoisseurs of Rocky Mountain lore, this work has long been esteemed as one of the most-to-be-desired books printed in the Territory. As the pioneer history of the region it ranks historically as one of the veritable nuggets of western literature, affording a contemporary record of the earliest emigration and the gold "strikes"; of the beginning of the town, with personal observations on its first settlers; of the desperadoes and adventurers, their duels, murders and executions; the disasters of flood and fire; the Indian outrages and wars that led to the Chivington massacre; etc." (Eberstadt).
References: Eberstadt 135:267; Graff 4617; Howes W303; Streeter Sale 2172.
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