"MYSTERIOUS SCOTT" THE MONTE CRISTO OF DEATH VALLEY AND TRACKS OF A TENDERFOOT ... A STORY OF MODERN MYSTERY OF WESTERN LIFE AND THE REAL EXPERIENCES OF A REAL TENDERFOOT, INCLUDING A MID-SUMMER TRIP THROUGH DEATH VALLEY. SUPPLEMENTED WITH A MINING REVIEW OF SOUTHERN NEVADA. Chicago, Ill. Orin S. Merrill, Publisher, . 19x12.7 cm, pp. [i-iv] v 6-210  [212: blank] [213-219: ads] [220-222: blank], illustrations, map, original pictorial yellow wrappers printed in green and red, side stapled. First edition. "Working and traveling about Nevada and Death Valley in 1905, the author informally wrote these disconnected reminiscences. He offers detailed observations of desert men, life and settlements and furnishes many personal and geographical names. Arriving in Las Vegas only a day after its founding in 1905 Merrill notes the dust and the freighters (pp. 61-62) and vividly describes the first Fourth of July at Rhyolite (pp. 87-90). He and his friends crossed Death Valley in the heat of the summer ... A most valuable appendix gives data on numerous mines in operation from Tonopah south to Eldorado Canyon. Interesting advertisements add a finishing touch. Quite scarce in first edition" (Paher, p. 251). "Most valuable of all ... are the chapters relating to his mid-summer's trip through Death Valley. It is in these dramatic pages that we glimpse an intimate description of this most formidable region as it appeared before civilization spread over it the network of pavements and directional signs" (Edwards, The Enduring Desert, p. 170). Includes a detailed full-page map: "Map Showing Wagon Roads and Trails of a Portion of the Country Covered by This Narration. Drawn by F. S. Pheby, Goldfield, 1905, with a Few Minor Changes and Additions by the Author." Cowan (1933), pp. 425-426. Paher 1267. Rocq (1970) 2326. Some dust soiling to wrappers, several creases in front wrapper, red lettering on spine panel faded, pulpy text paper tanned, a very good copy. (#166343).
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