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Across the Continent: A Summer's Journey to the Rocky Mountains, the Mormons, and the Pacific States, with Speaker Colfax

Author: Samuel Bowles
ISBN #: B000Q645AE
Price: $45.00
Publisher: Samuel Bowles & Company
Publisher Location: Springfield, Mass.
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: no jacket, as issued
Edition: First edition
Pub Date: 1865
wear to tips, corners and edges of book, bookplate removal evidence, lacks first blank page, else clean and unmarked. In original publishers cloth. Map has a tear along the right edge through the states of Iowa and Illinois. First printing, no others noted. An important account of a summer's journey through the American West undertaken by Samuel Bowles, the publisher of the Springfield Republican and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Schuyler Colfax, Jr., who four years later would become the Vice-President of the U.S. under Ulysses Grant. Little more than a month after the conclusion of the Civil War Bowles and Colfax traveled by rail 1,425 miles from Massachusetts to Missouri "thence a coach ride of two thousand miles before we meet the projecting arm of the California railways at Placerville. They returned to the East via steamship and over land at the isthmus arriving in New York in September, 1865. The book comprised primarily of letters home was published shortly before the end of that year. Every effort is made to ship all books and other items within 24 hours. Clean recycled packing material will be used when possible. The Book Shed has a been a member of the Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller's Association since 1997. An online bookseller with a bookshop sensibility!