Title Crofutt's Trans-Continental Tourist's Guide, Containing a Full and Authentic Description of Over Five Hundred Cities, Towns, Villages, Stations, Government Forts and Camps, Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Sulphur, Soda and Hot Springs, Scenery, Watering Places, Summer Resorts.
Book Condition Collectible: Very Good
Edition Second Annual Revise.
Publisher New York: George A. Crofutt and Co., 1871
Seller ID WY716-019
Third Volume, Second Annual Revise. 12mo. (216) pp. Engraved illustrations, maps, and portraits throughout including an extra engraved title-page and frontispiece, large colored folding map "Crofutt's New Map of the Trans-Continental American, and Trans-Continental, European Route Around the World" bound-in at the rear. Blind- and gilt-stamped dark green cloth; binding square and tight, rubbed, large map with some holes at the folds. Also laid in is a large folding broadsheet with 16 panels per side with engravings, maps, timetables, and advertisements (for example, "Cheap Farms, Free Homes on the line of the Union Pacific Railroad"), folds down to 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches; torn across 3 panels, some tears at the folds. Very Good. It is 1871, and Horace Greeley has urged young, enterprising Americans to "Go West Young Man!" How to get there? H. Wallace Atwood can show you how in excruciating detail in this tourist guide not only to North America, but to the entire planet. An intriguing example of modern Americans' ability to conquer the continent on a mass scale. Along with Greeley, George A. Crofutt was a tireless promoter of Anglo expansion into the American West; his "Progress," (1873) shows the idealized Progress hovering over an American landscape as American settlers traveling by foot, stage coach, and train push aside Native Americans and the bison. Crofutt remained anonymous until J. Valerie Fifer published "American Progress" in 1988, hailing Crofutt as "Pioneer and Publicist of the Transcontinental Age." This is an excellent exemplar of an early edition of Crofutt's Guide. REFERENCES: Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 151 ("The first issue appeared in 1870. The later volumes were gradually enlarged."); Howes, U.S.iana, No. C-901; Sabin, Bibliotheca Americana, No. 17587.
H. Wallace Atwood, Crofutt's Trans-Continental Tourist's Guide Containing a Full and Authentic Description of Over Five Hundred Cities Towns Villages Stations Government Forts and Camps Mountains Lakes Rivers Sulphur Soda and Hot Springs Scenery Watering Places Summer Resorts, Railroad, Western Americana,