One of the Original "Pike's Peak or Bust" Overland GuidesJames Redpath and Richard J. Hinton. Hand-Book to Kansas Territory and the Rocky Mountain Gold Region; Accompanied by Reliable Maps and a Preliminary Treatise on the Pre-Emption Laws of the United States. New York: J. H. Colton, Publisher, 1859. First edition. Sixteenmo. [1, ad], [1, blank], [i-iii], iv-vi, , 8-177, [9, ads for railroad, etc., some illustrated, such as the Sibley Tent, four blank] pages. Three maps on two sheets, two of which are colored. Publisher's original blind-stamped brown cloth with titles in gilt on the front board and in blind on the back board. Neatly re-backed using portions of the original spine; some toning to the endpapers; contemporary ex-libris of Benjamin H. Lane mounted to the front free endpaper, else a beautiful copy in very good condition. Housed in a beautiful quarter-morocco slipcase with chemise.
The maps include "Kansas and Nebraska", "Nebraska and Kansas Showing Pikes Peak and the Gold Rush" and "Military Map of Kansas, Nebraska and Dakota", and are regarded as being particularly important to travelers of the era. "The original "Pike's Peak or Bust" overland guide. With an account of the region; description of the routes; history of gold discoveries; full information as to outfit, time to go, etc." (Eberstadt). "The first part of the handbook on Kansas Territory, probably written before the discovery of gold. The second part comprises an appendix that is also directed to the settler and to preemption laws on public lands." (Wagner-Camp).
References: Eberstadt 137:522; Graff 3437; Howes R120; Rader 2773; Streeter 2131; Wagner-Camp 343.
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