First edition. 12mo. 7 1/4" x 4 1/2" original, green cloth with titles stamped in gold gilt on the front cover, t.e.g., 116 pp., Streeter Sale 3204: “This simple and unpretentious account of a journey across the plains to Colorado in the summer of 1860, followed by the story of Hambleton’s experiences for the next two years in mining in Colorado, is most interesting and well told.” Mattes 1773: “Enos Ayers aimed to mine at Pikes Peak on a grand scale; put the writer in charge of $9,000 worth of equipment totaling twenty-four tons, shipped to St. Joseph, then loaded onto fourteen wagons. Train plagued by cantankerous oxen, greenhorn drivers, and "blast furnace" heat. Saved by Platte River water after forced march over barren divide from Little Blue. On the Big Platte, ‘probably a million buffalo,’ trailed by ‘thousands of wolves’.... Teamsters had to make great commotion to urge buffalo out of their way. Indians peaceful, but made a nuisance of themselves offering squaws in exchange for whiskey, tobacco, and powder.” Former owner's lightly penciled name on front fly leaf, small stamp of the State Historical and Natural History Society, Denver, Colorado on title page and at bottom margin of page 23, small stamped number on verso of title page, light glue residue at two places on spine, despite all of this the item is tight and bright, internally clean and a near fine, attractive copy.
Inventory Number: 41558