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    Horn's "Highly Useful" Guide

    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: Published by J. H. Colton [Stereotyped by Wm. J. Baner], 1853. Reprint edition, with the additional advertisements and map differing from the first edition of 1852. Sixteenmo. 83, [1], 24 advertisement pages. Large folding map bound in back: "Map to Illustrate Horn's Overland Guide to California and Oregon" (approximately 21" x 13") published by J. H. Colton. Publisher's original blind-stamped brown cloth with titles lettered in gilt on the front board. Binding lightly rubbed and soiled, boards slightly bowed, corner and spine end bumps, cloth frayed at head. Front hinge starting at head, rear hinge cracked, endpapers discolored, pages foxed, map with edge and fold wear, small fold separations, creasing and light foxing. Overall a very good copy.

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    "A small work highly useful in its time. It is in itinerary form, and of interest, as showing how minutely observations had been made at almost every mile of the tedious and frequently dangerous route." (Cowan). "Best handbook for the central route available at the time." (Howes). "This is one of the best of the guides, as it is one of the few where the distances were closely measured. It is also interesting for the advertisements of many of the ferries, hotels and the like along the Iowa part of the route. These, with a running heading 'Business Advertisements,'...The routes to Salt Lake City, California and Oregon are marked on the map which extends from slightly east of the Mississippi to the Pacific.'' (Streeter).

    Cowan I page 114; Graff 1952; Howes H641; Kurutz 343; Sabin 33021; Streeter 3170; Wagner-Camp 214; Wheat Gold Rush 105.

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