Publication: Tudor Press, n d (ca 1910), Boston
First and only edition. A special, deluxe limited edition for presentation, this being copy no. 479. Original, oblong maroon boards with titles stamped in gilt on the front cover, decorated front and rear endpapers, n. p. [210 pp.], 115 full-page photographs, 85 pages of text, one in-text map showing the route of the railroad, and an elephant folio map, coded in color showing the route from Laramie to Coalmont, laid-in the front of the volume. The large folding map measures 65.4 x 90 cm [25 3/4" x 35 1/2"] with a scale of about 14 miles for 1 inch. This largely and handsomely produced volume was likely published for the purpose of luring potential investors into view the Company's operations. Having also the recipient's name in autograph and presented with the compliments of the railroad. This unusual and most remarkable album amounts to what can honestly be described as an extensive visual history of the development of the Laramie Hahns Peak and Pacific Railway System, with much material on the region through which it passed, including photographs of the people, the industries, the immense natural resources available to them, the construction of dams and canals, farming, mining, ranching, lumbering, etc. The text and captions emphasize the prospects for further development, with much important information, both textual and visual on Laramie, Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Vernal, Meeker, etc. We find no note of this edition nor even the title of this edition in Howes or Graff. The Eberstadts had a so-called trade edition with no mention of the splendid map, nor the presentation leaf. Overall an album of immense importance, beauty, and rarity, especially having the large folding map. Minor wear to the corners, else a near fine, tight copy, housed in a cloth slipcase with leather spine label and titles stamped in gilt. Map fine.
Inventory Number: 48451