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    A Fine Copy of the Best Handbook
    for the Central Route

    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; Containing a Table of Distances...With a Complete and Accurate Map. New York: Published by J. H. Colton [Stereotyped by Wm. J. Baner], 1852. First edition, second issue with "Opinions of the Press" on page 5. Sixteenmo. 84, 18 advertisement pages. Large folding map bound in back: "Map to Illustrate Horn's Overland Guide to California and Oregon" (approximately 21" x 14") by J. H. Colton. The routes are highlighted in red. Publisher's original blind-stamped blue cloth with titles lettered in gilt on the front board. Edges of pages speckled blue. Discoloration to the spine and lower corner of the front board; otherwise internally fine. A beautiful copy.

    "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).

    References: 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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