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    One of the Original "Pike's Peak
    or Bust" Overland Guides

    James Redpath, and Richard J. Hinton. Hand-Book to Kansas Territory and the Rocky Mountains' 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. Twelvemo (approximately 5.875 x 3.625 inches; 148 x 94 mm.). [2, publisher's advertisements (verso blank)], vi, [7]-177, [178, "The Sibley Tent"], [179, "Grover & Baker's Celebrated Family Sewing Machines"], [180, "Toledo, Wabash, & Great Western Railroad Line"], [181, "Grand Trunk Railroad"], [182, blank], [183, "Terre Haute, Alton and St. Lewis Railroad Line"], [184, blank], [185, "Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad"], [186, blank] pages. The final advertisement leaf is slightly shorter and apparently tipped to the previous leaf. Three lithographed maps by J. H. Colton on two large folding sheets, two of which are hand-colored. "Davies and Roberts, Stereotypers, 113 Nassau Street, New York" (verso of title-page).

    Publisher's brown morocco-grain cloth with covers decoratively panelled in blind. Front cover lettered in gilt and back cover in blind: "Guide to Kansas the Pike's Peak Gold Region &c. &c. J. H. Colton New York." Cloth lightly rubbed, with a few minor stains; the gilt on front cover has dulled in the words "The" and "Gold;" spine and covers near joints slightly faded; corners lightly bumped, with cloth fraying a bit; head of spine with tiny (one-eighth-inch) tear and horizontal split; foot of spine with a few chips. Endpapers foxed; rear free endpaper with a few edge tears. Slight browning, heavier in places; occasional minor marginal staining; tiny dark adhesion in outer edge of leaf 2/1 (pages 25/26); small adhesion in the text on page 94, causing slight staining on the adjacent leaves (pages 88-102). Vertical crease to pages [v]/vi and [7]/8 from folded map at front. A very good, attractive copy of this fragile pocket map guide. The binding is unusually fresh and totally unsophisticated.

    Eberstadt 137:522, Graff 3437; Hafen, Pike's Peak Gold Rush Guidebooks of 1859, 14; Howes R120; Jones, Adventures in Americana, 283 ("Contains a valuable bibliography of early Kansas books, all of which are commended except Parker's Handbook of Kansas and Nebraska"); Rader 2773; Sabin 68526; Streeter 2131 ("The significance of this guide for a collection of 1859 publications on the Colorado Gold Region is due to the second and third maps"); Wagner-Camp-Becker 343; Wheat, Transmississippi West, 995 and 996.


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    "The original 'Pike's Peak or Bust' overland guide. With an account of the region; description of the routes, history of the gold discoveries; full information as to outfit, time to go, etc." (Eberstadt 137:522).

    "The first 109 pages contain a handbook of Kansas Territory probably written prior to news of the gold discovery. 'Gold Regions of The Rocky Mountains' comprises pages 111-160. The appendix, pages 161-177, concerns pre-emption laws. The authors were correspondents for eastern newspapers. Redpath [1833-1891], a rabid abolitionist, came to Kansas Territory soon after it was established. Hinton [1830-1901] came in 1856 as a correspondent for the Boston Traveller" (Dary, Kanzana 1854-1900, 74).

    The first two maps, on one sheet and both hand-colored, are: "Kansas and Nebraska. Published by J. H. Colton & Co. No 172 William St. New York. 1859" (Rumsey 4872.004: "Taken from [Colton's] 1858 General Atlas, minus the upper half of Nebraska-shows eastern Kansas and Nebraska"); and "Nebraska and Kanzas, Showing Pikes Peak and the Gold Region. Published by J.H. Colton & Co., 172, William St, New York. 1859" (Rumsey 4872.004: "The lower half of [Colton's] 1857 General Atlas map of the same title (without the reference to the Gold Region)"). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, 995 (incorrectly labelled as 996), illustrated preceding page 179, and Volume IV, page 178: "The Gold Region and the routes leading to it, showing Montana, Denver City and Auroria [sic]. The map extends west to Great Salt Lake."

    The third map is titled: "Military Map of Parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Dakota by Lieut. G.K. Warren, Top. Engrs. from the Explorations made by him in 1855, 56 & 57. Exhibiting also Routes Reconnouered [sic] and Surveyed by various other Government Officers. J. H. Colton, No. 172 William St. New York" (Rumsey 4872.005: "Derived from the lower half of Warren's 1858/1859 'Military Map of Nebraska and Dakota'"). Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, 996 (incorrectly labelled as 995), illustrated after page 178, and Volume IV, page 179: "Extends from the Niobrara River, on the north, to the Smoky Hill Fork and Pike's Peak, on the south, and from the junction of the Missouri and the Kansas at 94° 30' West Longitude, on the east, to Long's Peak, on the west. There is no detail of the gold region, but the words 'Gold Field' run along the South Fork of the Platte above and below the confluence of that stream with Cherry Creek."

    "In preparing this Guide-Book, it has been the aim of the authors to present a concise and impartial view of all important particulars having reference to the material and commercial resources, the interests of emigrants, and the future prosperity of Kansas. They have honestly endeavored to give, in this form, reliable information to the emigrant, and trust that they have succeeded. That portion of this work having reference to the Gold Regions has been carefully compiled from the various Government reports-the statements of miners-and evidence personally presented to the writers, by those in whom they reposed confidence...The maps attached to the work will be found correct. That of the country from the Missouri River to the mountains is the best yet issued. Compiled in the Topographical Engineer's office at Washington, by Lieut. Warren of that corps, who has been over the route twice on surveying and exploring expeditions, he has had access to all previous field notes, and in consequence has given to the public an accurate and reliable map of this whole section. The county map of Kansas has been corrected up to the latest dates" (Preface, pages [iii]-iv).



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