Chicago. The Overland Publishing Company. 1879- 1880.
Volume 2. 272 pages, illustrated throughout in black and white, textured cloth binding 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches. The volume is illustrated with 18 folded double-page views of Western scenery, one of which is fully detached. Light wear to spine extremities, several pages at the front and rear of the volume are soiled but the guide's contents, overall, are in good clean condition. This is volume 2, 1879-1880. Rail information for tourists and homesteaders with emphasis on western travel: Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California and Arizona. Volume provides extensive coverage of San Francisco, including a variety of regional excursions from the city. The entry begins: "Ah! Here we are at sundown, at the extreme western city of the American Continent. Population 300,000 and increasing rapidly." Another entry reports "There are in the city 65 newspapers and periodicals, thirteen of which are daily." Text in the Preface states: "The author first began his explorations of the Trans-Mississippi country in 1860, as a "Pilgrim," and upon the completion of the Pacific railroad-line, wrote the first descriptive guide of the roads - from actual observation - the "Great Trans-Continental Railroad Guide" of 1869." Editions of the Guide following this edition (1879) list Omaha, Nebraska as the place of publication. Overall, an engaging and expansive illustrated western guide. Noteworthy is the handwritten pencil inscription on the guide's title page: "Bought in Ch(e)yenne Sep. 17th 1888." Item #55199