Publication: John Murray, 2009, London
8 1/4" X 6" spine and corners brown leather and decorated burgundy boards. Gilt title on spine. Top edge gilt. 63pp., 3 plates. A railroad train trip from New York to Kansas City for the American Bankers' Association annual convention. The party included Ben Blanchard, President of the Empire Loan and Trust Company, of Hutchinson, Kan.; Hon. Darwin R. James and Mrs. James; Hon. John Jay Knox, President Bank of the Republic, late Comptroller U. S. Currency, accompanied by his two daughters, Miss Carrie and Miss Bessie Knox; Edward Merritt, President Long Island Loan and Trust Company, and Mrs. Merritt; Hon. D. O. Bradley, President Tarry town National Bank, and Mrs. Bradley; Capt. Ambrose Snow, President New York Board of Trade; Frank W. Shaw, M.D.; Crowell Hadden, President Long Island Bank, and Mrs. Hadden; Miss Louise I. Shannon, Miss Jeanie S. Corwin, Miss Jennie S. Brush ; Major B. R. Corwin, Eastern Manager Empire Loan and Trust Co., and Mrs. Corwin, and others. They traveled aboard Mr. Blanchard's special car, the Dalmatia, which was attached to the fast express of the Pennsylvania Railroad. “The elegant car was most magnificently decorated with silk flags and flowers, and every possible provision was made for not only the comfort but royal entertainment of the tourists.” The trip proceeds on through Kansas to Denver and the Rockies in 1889. Three full-page plates including the Riverside Salt Works in Hutchinson, Kansas; Gateway to the Garden of the Gods; and the frontispiece plate of the Pillars of Hercules at Chetenne Canon. All three plates are tissue-guarded. According to Howes C-793 the first edition was published in 1889 but no changes were made for this second edition. Boards, spine and leather corners rubbed, tiny chip missing to top corner of free end paper. Interior clean. Author has inscribed book to a friend and signed it "from his friend & Commander B.R. Corwin, Brooklyn, 2/12/92.” A scarce travel account with much information on Kansas.
Inventory Number: 36740