Publication: The Hub Publishing Company,1880, New York
First edition. 8vo. Publisher's brown cloth, titles stamped in gilt on the front cover, 210 pp., detailed Index, illustrated throughout. with details, measurements and prices. Affixed to blank pages at rear are 5 color illustrated trade cards (one is a folding die-cut depicting an African-American mother attempting to bathe her child) bearing the stamp of 'W.L. Wade Dry Goods.' The catalogue includes "... goods strictly pertaining to Wagon and Carriage manufactures, Boat and Ship Builders, Coopers, Cabinetmakers, and Agricultural Implement manufactures..." offered by Holt Brothers in San Francisco. Covers are stained and worn; evidence of label roughly removed from front pastedown sheet; previous owner's name "William England. Salem Oregon. 3-23-80") on front free fly leaf, internally clean and tight, else a good+ copy. William England (1829 - 1901) was the Pioneer Wagon and Carriage Maker of Salem, Oregon, arriving in 1852. He worked for a short time in the mines, he soon went into carpenter work. Later he opened a wagon shop and his business grew steadily and he soon began the manufacture of wagons and carriages, being the pioneer in that time in Salem. He continued in this business until 1883. Charles H. Holt arrived in San Francisco from Concord, New Hampshire, in 1864 to form C. H. Holt and Co. Initially the company produced wooden wagon wheels and later, steel wheels for streetcars. Brothers William and Ames joined Charles in San Francisco in 1871 and established the Holt Brothers Company in San Francisco, selling hardwood, lumber, and wagon and carriage materials, primarily manufacturing wagon axles, wheels, and frames. In 1883, brother Benjamin Holt joined them and successfully developed a continuous track system for his tractors, trademarking the term 'Caterpillar' in 1910. The successor of Holt Brothers today operates as 'Caterpillar, Inc.,' the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment with 2021 sales and revenues of $51.0 billion. Quite scarce, WorldCat locates no institutional holdings and we find no copies currently offered in the trade nor at auction in the past 30 years.
Inventory Number: 49744