Philadelphia. Bradley, Garretson & Co., 1881.
Twelve hand-colored maps most double-page size (9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches), steel engraved frontispiece, black and white full page illustrations, 1312 pages, cloth-covered boards with decorative gilt-lettering on cover and spine, 9 3/4 x 7 inches. Covers show wear; bumped corners, toning to rear cover, thin fabric at spine bottom worn. Hinges are cracked but holding; front free endpaper edges are chipped on two sides; wear to edges of frontispiece with light foxing and offset from inked signature on the title page. Overall the hefty volume is tight with contents in good clean condition. The maps pertain chiefly to western states and territories. All twelve are in excellent clean condition. Opening chapters in the volume (nearly 500 pages) discuss a variety of topics: the vast region's climatic variety, mining and mineral wealth, soils, game, agriculture, timber, stock raising, sheep farming, urban employment, immigration, and many additional topics. The volume then moves to Part III titled "The Several States and Territories Described," offering focused discussion of 21 western states or territories (also Alaska and Manitoba) to provide the fullest possible picture of the myriad opportunities available in "The New West Beyond the Mississippi," the hugely diverse region of the book's title. The hand-colored maps, listed as they appear in the volume, are: Arizona & New Mexico; Mississippi & Arkansas; California & Nevada; Utah and Colorado; Dakota and Nebraska; Idaho, Wyoming and Montana; Minnesota and Iowa; Kansas; Texas; Oregon and Washington; Alaska and Manitoba; Ontario. Item #26376