September 28th, 2021
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This week we present two great photo albums from Utah and Colorado, colorful promotional pamphlets and posters from across the country, and some nice signed works of poetry by Snyder, Ferlinghetti and Neruda. Enjoy!

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Photo Album of 20th Century Women Having Fun and Fighting for Women's Rights in Northeastern Colorado   
A nice photo album from Northeastern Colorado dated between 1914 and 1917. Photo album contains approximately 250 photographs that measure between 3 ¼ x 2 ¼ inches and 5 ¾ x 3 ½ inches. Photographs are tipped in and the larger photos were arranged at an angle. Album covers measure 7 1/2 x 11 inches. About half of the pages are annotated in white ink. One photo is missing, having been cut out, and the photo on verso has been cut in half. Photos have light silvering and some are creased. Pebbled cloth covers have moderate wear to edges, and album has a slightly musty smell. Overall good.

This delightful album focuses on women, frivolity, and 20th century life in the West. We have never handled an album that shows early 20th century women having so much fun. Almost all the images in this album depict women gathered together - for portraits on the lawn, picnics in the countryside, goofing off at ranch, swimming in the Platte River, and most wonderfully, supporting women's rights. There are men represented frequently throughout the album but women are still the main characters. The photos in this album were taken in northeastern Colorado in the cities and towns of Brush, Snyder, Camden, Yuma, Juanita, Genoa, Golden and Estes Park. The annotations in the album identify the aforementioned towns along with locations such as the Platte River and Colwell Ranch, and many family names such as Turpin, Sylvester, Stover, Crissmer and Raugh. The compiler of this album seems to be related to the Turpin family of Brush, Colorado. A young woman named "Ripple" ties this album together. She is pictured in most photos and seems to have been traveling with the compiler of this album. The standout photo in this collection shows a group of young women standing in a wagon with a sign that reads "Votes for Women". The women wear mostly white and almost all have their hands to their collars (almost as if they were holding onto suspenders). Most gaze at the camera seriously. Colorado had passed a referendum in 1893 that secured women's voting rights. These women must have been supporting national women's suffrage and the ratification of the 19th amendment - which was finally accomplished in 1919. Some other great photos depict women having a good time and enjoying each other's company. They laugh as they form a human pyramid, gather in a barn loft for a group shot, and straddle a bridge railing. Eight fun photos show four women playacting an old homesteader scene. Two women are dressed in striped overalls with their arms around their sweethearts (also women), who are dressed for farming with large bonnets and farm tools. One of the women in overalls has a pipe in her mouth, looking tough. A camping trip along the Platte River shows the women in front of their tents, taking off their shoes at the beach, swimming, and one woman holds a dead snake that she has killed. The photo titled "Girls" at the beginning of the album depicts 14 women having a picnic and toasting the photographer with their teacups. Other highlights in this album depict the Brush men's baseball team (4 photos), and Buffalo Bill's grave on Lookout Mountain (1 photo). This is an excellent album showing a great portrait of a woman's life in the 20th century: full of travel, politics, humor and friendship. 023142. $800

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Photo Album of Mining and Surveying in the Salt Lake City Area, Utah [Late 19th/Early 20th Century] 
This album depicts mining and surveying in Utah in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. The album is divided into two sections and contains a total of 65 photographs. The first section has 20 albumen photos that measure 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ inches; the second section has 42 gelatin silver photos and 3 cyanotypes that measure between 2 x 2 inches and 4 x 5 inches. All photos are tipped in. No annotations are present. Album covers measure 11 x 7 inches. Black cloth album covers have moderate wear and minor chipping; a handful of album leaves are wavy and creased due to adhesive. Photos have light to moderate silvering and moderate soiling; one photograph is missing. Overall good.

The first section of the album contains 20 photos. From this first section photos depict a mining survey crew (11), a small mining operation (2), portraits of homesteaders (5), one portrait of a Native family, one photo of men hauling hay and one scenic shot of mountains. The survey crew photos are great. There are four photos showing men using a theodolite for surveying, and there are a couple group portraits. One group shot depicts young men dressed nicely and standing in front of a short log cabin. Two of these young men are dressed like assayers with overalls over their suits. A Native man is depicted in a total of four photos in this section including with the survey crew; he is easily identified as he is missing his right arm and his jacket is pinned at the elbow. There are two sweet photos of children on a donkey (one young boy rides the donkey backwards). The locations in this section are unidentified but it looks like the pinyon-juniper woodland of the high desert. The second section depicts mining operations in Garfield, Utah and city scenes in Salt Lake City, and contains 45 photographs. There are nine duplicate images in this section. About half of the images in this section are related to mining including group shots of surveyors, a train wreck, and processing mills. Some of the mining scenes in this section come from the now defunct town of Garfield, Utah located on the south shore of the Great Salt Lake. This area was known for copper mining. At least three images depict the Garfield Smelter owned by the Utah Copper Company and located at the foot of the Oquirrh Mountains. One photo depicts the American Smelting and Refining Main Building in Garfield. There are two great shots of surveyors having lunch with the Wasatch Mountains in the background (the Bonneville shoreline can be seen in the background as well). One image of note includes a train wreck with ore spilling out of the railcar (this image is duplicated twice in the album). One nice photo depicts the Mormon Tabernacle, and there are two other good street scenes of Salt Lake City. A great set of photos for those collecting Utah mining or copper mining material. 023143. $500

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Utilization of the Green and Colorado Rivers 
Department of the Interior, 1929.  4to 11" - 13" tall. 8pp. Typescript. Fine. 8-page typescript is stapled and has mailing folds.

This is a memorandum for the press from the Department of Interior. This press release covers the location, value and magnitude of resources that the Green and Colorado Rivers provide the West. The first page contains a general summary of the Department's investigations into these resources; the remaining pages contain statistics on annual run-off, irrigation, developed and undeveloped power, developed and undeveloped reservoir sites, and transmountain diversion. One copy found at University of California, Riverside as of September 2021. 023193. $150
John Wesley Powell and the Colorado River - A Special Study of the Colorado River Expeditions of 1869 and 1871 [Signed]
Sarles, Frank B. , Jr.
U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1968.  4to 11" - 13" tall. Softcover. Very good. Orange wraps, staple bound. Signed and inscribed by the author on the first page. 212 pp. plus 7 maps and 50 full-page B&W photo reproductions. Wraps have moderate sunning along top edge and light wear, else very good.

A National Park Service publication with summaries of John Wesley Powell's two expeditions and a discussion of Powell sites administered by or of interest to the Department of the Interior agencies. Uncommon. 023192. $300
Views of Denver, Colo. 1889 [cover title]
Howard, O. O., Jr.
Booklet. Condition: Very Good. Published by O. O. Howard, Jr., 1889. Tan wraps with brown lettering and decorative border. Bartlet Brothers Real Estate Brokers leaflet tipped in before first page. [50pp]. Oblong 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Wraps have light wear and soiling, and 1 ½ inches of damage to the front wrap.

This pamphlet contains lithographed city scenes of Denver on recto of each leaf and text on verso. A nice 19th century promotional for the mile-high city. 023112. $325
Utah - Its People, Resources, Attractions and Institutions - Compiled from Authentic Information and the Latest Reports
Pamphlet. Condition: Good. Published by Bureau of Information, Salt Lake City, 1914. 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 77 pp. Colorful illustrated wraps depicting a wagon train and birdseye view of Salt Lake City. Laid in is a business card from the Bureau of Information and Church Literature. Wraps have moderate wear and light soiling, and the last five leaves are dogearred or have minor chipping.

A bright, well-illustrated promotional which includes local advertisements. 023124. $45
Photographers of the New Mexico Territory, 1854-1912 
Rudisill, Richard
Museum of New Mexico, 1973. First Edition. Large 8vo 9" - 11" tall. 74pp. Softcover. Very good. Signed by the author on the title page. Tan wraps with illustration of a photographer on the front. Wraps have light toning and soiling.

A comprehensive directory of New Mexico photographers before statehood. 023139. $75
Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway [cover title]  

St. Joseph, MO, Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway Association. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 27pp. Pamphlet. Very good. No date but likely published in the 1920s. Red, white and blue wraps that are staple bound. Wraps have light wear, else very good.

This brochure contains sectional maps depicting the route from New York to Los Angeles via the Pikes Peak Highway. 023111. $95
St. Andrew's Bay, Fla. [cover title]  
St. Andrew's Bay Development Company, circa 1910s. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Pamphlet. Good.  Folded pamphlet with illustrated wraps. One sheet folded into 12 panels with content on both side. Pamphlet has moderate soiling and light wear, and almost all folds are reinforced with archival tape.

This promotional pamphlet contains text, illustrations and maps concerning St. Andrew's Bay, located on Florida's panhandle. One map depicts transportation routes and the other, a sectional map, depicts lands owned by the St. Andrew's Bay Development Company. The Company promotes the promising industries of the area and the climate (with no mention of tropical storms), and urges customer to invest in their lands for no one wants to be "a victim of northern coal bills." Three copies found in OCLC as of September 2021. 023105. $250
Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Kaibab National Forest 

Union Pacific System. Large 8vo 9" - 11" tall. 56pp. Pamphlet. Very good. Bright red wraps with gilt lettering. Copyrighted to 1928. Wraps have light soiling and wear, else very good.

This pamphlet contains trip planning information and many color illustrations of the gorgeous scenery found at Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Cedar Breaks and the Kaibab National Forest. 023126. $60
Grays Harbor, Washington - Pacific Northwest [cover title]  
8vo 8" - 9" tall. 18pp. Pamphlet. Good. No publication information but publication date is likely 1924. B&W pictorial wraps are staple bound. Wraps have moderate soiling and wear.

A 1920s promotional for the seaside county of Grays Harbor with images of auto racing on the beach, clam digging, and fishing, and scenes of campgrounds, hotels and local industries. Four copies in OCLC as of September 2021. 023093. $95
Carlsbad Caverns National Park…in Southeastern New Mexico 
Santa Fe Railroad. Very good. This is a promotional poster for Carlsbad Caverns National Park created by the Santa Fe Railroad. The poster has no publication date but is likely dated to the 1930s. Poster is linen-backed and measures 23 x 35 inches. Very good condition with two ½ inch tears in the margins and two 1 inch creases near bottom edge; with the linen-backing these defects are almost imperceptible. One copy found at auction in the last year and no copies in commerce or on OCLC as of September 2021.

A gorgeous poster for Carlsbad Caverns. It seems that this monochromatic poster series was limited to two national parks, Carlsbad Caverns and Yosemite. 023079. $495
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Southern Pacific  
Car, Willard R. 
Published by the Southern Pacific Railroad, likely in the 1940s. Very good. Stunning linen-backed poster of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Poster measures 16 x 23 inches. Scattered restoration around edges, pinhole at top edge and two ¼ inch clean cuts at center of poster. Overall very good.

We found one auction record of this poster and none in commerce. A striking poster perfect for the National Park collector or enthusiast. 023186. $900
Osceola County, Florida - A Stock Raiser's Paradise, Florida's New Potato Belt, The Health-Seeker's Mecca  
Board of Commissioners, Osceola County. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 48pp. Pamphlet. Good.  No publication date but likely 1918. Illustrated wraps, staple bound. Wraps have light soiling and wear, and text block has light soiling.

This promotional depicts B&W photos of street scenes in Kissimmee, cattle grazing, fields of potatoes, groves of citrus, and pineapples "growing luxuriantly." Eight copies in OCLC as of September 2021. 023092. $175
Flathead Country, Montana, 1922 
Northern Pacific Railway, 1922.  8vo 8" - 9" tall. 31pp. Pamphlet. Very good. Cover title reads "The Flathead Lake Country - Northern Pacific Railway." A colorful illustration adorns cream colored wraps. Wraps have moderate soiling and minor creasing; the staple binding is rusting somewhat, but otherwise the text block is clean.

This promotional pamphlet tells the history of "Flathead Country" and encourages settlers to move to western Montana. The Lower Flathead Valley was the Flathead Indian Reservation until 1910 when it was opened up to settlers. There are many images of the beautiful land, roads and steamers, town scenes, and a few images of the Native Americans that live there, the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. One copy from this year found in OCLC as of September 2021. 023096. $95
Birdseye View of Puget Sound Country and Vicinity [map title]
Seattle, Washington, Puget Sound Navigation Company, 1926. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Pamphlet. Good. Cover title reads "Puget Sound Steamers - Time Card - Birdseye View Map". Folded pamphlet with color map of Puget Sound. One sheet folded into 12 panels with content on both sides. Pamphlet has moderate toning, light soiling and a few pinholes along two fold lines.

One side of the pamphlet contains a map of Puget Sound with navigation routes of the Puget Sound Navigation Company's steamers along with transportation routes on land. Timetables and trip details, each with a B&W image of a steamer, are printed on the other side of the pamphlet. No copies in OCLC from this year as of September 2021. 023109. $95
 Cold Mountain Poems [Signed]
Han-Shan; Snyder, Gary (translator)
Portland, Oregon, Press-22, 1972. Second Edition. Oblong, Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. Softcover. Very good. Stated second edition. Oblong softcover book with green wrappers; black lettering on cover. Signed by Snyder on cover, who also added Chinese characters for Han-Shan. Fading to spine and along edges of wrappers; mild soiling. Tight binding and clean interior.

This book presents a collection of 24 poems written by the mysterious 9th century Chinese poet Han-Shan as translated into English by the Zen Buddhist Beatnik Gary Snyder. Includes a preface by Lu Ch'iu-Yin, governor of the T'ai Prefecture. 023050. $250

New Directions in Prose and Poetry 23 [Signed]
Laughlin, James [editor]
New York, New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1971. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 216pp. Hardcover. Near fine in very good dust jacket. Signed by both Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gary Snyder on first free end paper. Brown cloth boards with silver lettering on spine. Small dent to top edge of front board. Very slight rubbing to head and tail of spine and corners. White pictorial dust jacket with black lettering on spine. Jacket is not price clipped and is wrapped in Mylar. Some toning and mild soiling to jacket. Tight binding. Interior is clean except for small Sports Memorabilia sticker on verso of first free end paper.

This literature anthology features four poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the transcript of a talk titled "The Wilderness" that Gary Snyder gave at a seminar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, California. The volume also includes the work of Robert Bly, Charles Henri Ford, Denise Levertov, James Purdy, Robert Duncan, Enrique Lihn, and many others. Starting in 1936, New Directions anthologies aimed to present "new and variant trends in world literature" (From dust jacket). A nice, collectible copy of a book that is rarely found signed by both Ferlinghetti and Snyder.  023163. $150
Canto General [Signed]
Neruda, Pablo
Mexico, Talleres Graficos De La Nacion, 1950. Hardcover. Good. Limited edition of 600 copies, this is number 489. Double signed by Neruda; once with just his last name in green pen on the limitation page and then again on the verso of the half-title page in red pen with a large doodle of a kite and an inscription to Chilean author Juan Agustin Palazuelos, dated 1963.

Published in Mexico City in March of 1950, this copy was printed on "Malinche" paper (colophon). Folio, measuring approximately 14 x 10 inches; 568 pages, plus subscriber list (subscribers include Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso). Publisher's red cloth boards with gilt fish imprint on cover and gilt lettering on spine. Gilt is quite faded and the cloth is somewhat soiled and faded as well. Rubbing to edges, exposing boards at the corners. Cloth on spine is wrinkled. Binding is in a delicate condition with cracking gutters and a downward slant to the text block. Interior is clean except for a stain to the top edge of about the first 200 pages that does not impact content. Text block has a very faded purple top stain and uneven trim on the fore-edge. Features stunningly colorful endpapers decorated with an illustration by Diego Rivera in the front and another by David A. Siqueiros in the rear. Red cloth ribbon bookmark is faded. Overall, good condition. Content is entirely in Spanish.

This is a highly collectable copy of an epic book of poetry by Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda. Canto General, which translates to General Song, consists of hundreds of poems separated into 15 sections and is widely considered to be one of Neruda's essential works. Together, the poems present a history of Latin America with a focus on depicting struggles against oppression.  023048. $8,250
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