June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


History of the Northern Pacific Railroad, Featuring F. Jay Haynes Tipped-In Photographs & Letter from Author, E.V. Smalley

Smalley, Eugene V. History of the Northern Pacific Railroad. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1883. 8vo, gilt imprinted leather covers, 437pp, plus 80 tipped in albumen photographs, including the frontispiece, which is a composite albumen of the Last Spike ceremony, and 79 individual photographs, each approx. 3 x 3.5 in., mounted on page surrounded by gilt border, and marked Haynes / Photo. Many of the photographs, which capture cities, towns, landscapes, views of the railroad including construction, steamers, and camping and hunting scenes, are titled in the negatives. The book also houses 6 maps, including a 27 x 14 in. fold-out of the entire line.

FFEP affixed with ALS from the author to NPRR president Henry Villard, 1.5pp, on The Northwest Illustrated Monthly Journal letterhead, Dec. 24, 1883, New York, reading: Please accept this photographically illustrated copy of the History of the Northern Pacific RR with the compliments and cordial regards of Mr. F. Jay Haynes the photographer and myself.  There are only four copies of the history in this form in existence so the book may be considered as somewhat rare.  The views of the Last Spike scenes I was obliged to add after the binding of the volume. / Very Sincerely Yours, (signed) E.V. Smalley

Condition:Significant shelf wear, with the front board 2/3 separated at the spine and the back cover completely separated.  Binding still tight.  Frontis stained.  Pages edges soiled with some chipping.  Interior leaves very good.  Albumen photographs very good.  Fold-out map with partial separation at folds.  ALS very good.  Silverfish damage to lower margin of cover and first ten pages.

Estimate: $2,500 - $4,500
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