Denver, CO. Excelsior Printing Company. 1889.
First Edition. Black and white full page and in-text illustrations, xxxiv (of xxv)+262pp, 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches, pictorial paper wrappers (softbound). MISSING rear cover and map "Texas Panhandle Route: Denver, Texas & Fort Worth RR". Front cover and title page loose and in tatters; contents in good condition. The preliminary notice states that The Great West is "published in the interests of the Inter-State Deep Harbor Committee, and its purposes are to inform the people of the United States regarding the immense resources of this "Vast Western Empire" and the importance to the country in general of the establishment of deep harbors on the Gulf coast of Texas. In concise form is presented a history of each state and territory west of the Mississippi River, in the regular order of their organization as states of territories, together with a review of their present resources, future prospects and paramount influence of the Great West upon the political horoscope of the United States." Some 160 pages are devoted to Colorado, many of which focus on Denver and surrounding areas. There are many portraits and illustrations throughout the publication, chiefly of Denver and Colorado. A booster publication with much detail. Item #49096