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The World's Worst Marbled Papers; Being a collection of ten contemporary San Serriffean marbled papers showing the lowest level
Bachaus, Theodore (pseud. Henry Morris)
N/P: (Bird and Bull Press), 1978. This #1 of 400, all so numbered. 5pp, 10 samples of marbled paper. Wrappers. Wraps sun faded, slight crease to the back wrap, else very good. The extended title, "Being a collection of ten contemporary marbled papers showing the lowest level of technique, the worst combinations of colors, and the most inferior execution known since the dawn of the art of marbling." Well, when they're right, they're right.

Price: $100.00
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Report upon the Precious Metals.
Blake, William P.
Washington: GPO, 1869. iv, 369pp. Original printed front wrapper. Spine reinforced and new back wrap. Front wrap chipped and worn but intact. Some browning and edge chipping to the text block, but the pages are clean and almost completely unopened. The extended title continues, "…Being Statistical Notices of the Principal Gold and Silver Producing Regions of the World Represented at the Paris Universal Exposition." Blake was the Commissioner (of what?) from the State of California at the Paris Universal Exposition, 1867. The report has major sections on gold, silver, platinum and other rare metals, as well as on the production and consumption of gold and silver. In all, a very detailed study of the production of precious metals with much on the United States, but representing many other parts of the world as well.

Price: $175.00
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Notes on the Isthmus of Panama & Darien.
Peacock, Captain George
Exeter (Great Britain): W. Pollard, 1879. vi, 96pp, 3 folding maps. Original cloth covered boards. Wear to extremities, but gilt title on front board still quite legible. Binding sound. Minor pencil notes to two of the folding maps, and an inscription in ink to one of the maps describing “irreconcileable differences” between Peacock’s report and another not clear to me. Inscribed by the author to the Duke of Richmond. Peacock was a surveyor in Panama who crossed the isthmus five times between 1831 and 1842. He prepared this report upon hearing that de Lesseps had convened the Congress of Savans to discuss the merits of various routes for a canal.

Price: $250.00
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Che! Wah! Wah! or the Modern Montezumas in Mexico
Street, George G.
Rochester, NY: E. R. Andrews, 1883. 115pp, illus, folding map, 33 original albumen photos. Original cloth. Some wear to extremities, inscribed by the author, a couple of the photos faded but legible, overall a very good copy. A light hearted account of a junket made by a group of eastern freight agents sponsored by the Burlington, Denver and Rio Grande, and Santa Fe Railroad. The party - and apparently it was quite a party - traveled from Chicago to Chihuahua, Mexico passing through or stopping in Omaha, Denver, Pueblo, Trinidad, Las Vegas, El Paso and other spots along the way. The photographs depict many of the landmarks along the route, several in Mexico, an obvious attempt to document the exotic foreign locale. There is a chapter on cowboys and a detailed description of a visit to the Montezuma hot springs. The small (6 x 8 inches) folding map shows the route of the tour with an even smaller inset of the D&RG tracks from Salida to Marshall Pass. An unusual travel book, one of the few nineteenth century accounts with original photos. Rare as the audience was limited to the 65 travelers, although this copy is inscribed by the author to someone not on the roster. Adams Herd 2187.

Price: $950.00
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