A History of the Comstock silver lode & mines[.] Nevada and the Great Basin region; Lake Tahoe and the High Sierras. The mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, hot springs, deserts, and other wonders of the "Eastern Slope" of the Sierras. The mineral and agricultural resources of "Silverland." Towns, settlements, mining and reduction works, railways, lumber flumes, pine forests, systems of water supply, great shafts and tunnels, and the many improvements and industries of Nevada. By Dan de Quille. Virginia [City], Nevada: Published by F. Boegle, Bookseller & Stationer, . 17 x 12 cm (octavo), pp. [i-ii] iii-v [vi] vii-x 11-158, flyleaves at front and rear, publisher's decorated terra-cotta cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, decorated endpapers with floral pattern printed in green. First edition. Wright, a close friend of Mark Twain, was an editor of the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. Basically a guide book for Nevada which promotes the state's mineral and agricultural resources, mines, railroads, towns and settlements, and natural features. In addition to providing a historical sketch of the discovery and development of the Comstock Lode, Virginia City and vicinity, there are descriptions of other Nevada towns, mining districts, railroads, and scenic points of interest, including Lake Tahoe (pages 115-128). "Although the Comstock Lode, and the mining and milling in Western Nevada, are the principal subjects of this book, yet it is not wholly a book on Nevada ... We have been guided more by the natural than the political divisions of the country, therefore our little book takes in the western edge of the Great Basin, climbing up to the top of the Sierras, and peeping over in a few places." - introduction, page v. In addition to the importance of the text, this book is one of the more important Virginia City imprints. Rare in the original cloth, more commonly encountered in wrappers. Graff 4758; Howes W711. Spine ends and corner tips lightly rubbed, three tiny spots on rear cover, a bright, nearly fine copy. (#157246).
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