First edition. Thick 8vo. Original deluxe binding of three quarter leather and decorative boards; with title, authors, and vignette of Indian in gilt on spine. Decorative endpapers. xvii , 630 pp., frontis., preface, acknowledgments, illustrated. plates, portraits, folding map. Preface by William Elsey Connelley. Adams Six Guns #1897: "Very rare and is considered the standard history of the early stage lines. "The map depicts the lines of the Great Overland Stage Route, the Santa Fe Trail, Butterfield Overland and Dispatch, Mormon Route of 1847, etc. Root was a messenger in charge of Express, and an Agent of the Post Office Department on the Great Stage Line across the plains to California. Rubbing to boards and all edges. Wear to corners, spine ends, and edges of spine. Spine is sunned with all gilt in very good condition. This is the only copy of this work that we've seen in an original three quarter leather binding...likely produced for authors or publisher in very limited quantity.
Inventory Number: 45743