The undeveloped West; or, five years in the Territories: being a complete history of that vast region between the Mississippi and the Pacific, its resources, climate, inhabitants, natural curiosities, etc., etc. Life and adventure on prairies, mountains, and the Pacific Coast. With two hundred and forty illustrations, from original sketches and photographic views of the scenery, cities, lands, mines, people, and curiosities of the great West. By J. H. Beadle. Philadelphia, Pa.; Chicago, Ill.; Cincinnati, Ohio; St. Louis, Mo. National Publishing Company, . 21x13.5 cm, pp. [1-6] 15-823 [824: blank] [825-832: ads], flyleaves at front and rear, illustrations, including two frontispieces with tissue guard, tipped in double-page map, original pictorial terra cotta cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, yellow endpapers. First edition. According to Beadle, an asthmatic lawyer residing in Southern Indiana who went West in January 1868 to seek a more healthful climate, this book is "a personal record of my five years' travel and residence in the new States and Territories -- where I went, what I did, what I saw and what I thought about it," with emphasis on lands still open to settlement and correcting "errors in regard to soil and climate" (preface, pp. 15-16). Beadle's trip to the Calaveras Grove of Big Trees and the Yosemite Valley, made in August 1871, is described on pages 251-292. It is a detailed travel narrative with considerable detail on travel and tourist accommodations and services, including Hutchings' hotel and John C. Smith's Cosmopolitan in Yosemite Valley. Beadle encourages travelers to visit Yosemite: "To sum up: if a man have $100, two weeks time, and a tough backbone, he can go to Yosemite and see more of the wonderful than is contained in America besides (p. 292). The double page map, "Map of the New States and Territories to Accompany Beadle's History of the West," shows railroads and projected railroads in the States and Territories west of the Mississippi. Cowan (1933), p. 40. Howes B269. Signature of an early owner dated 28 February 1876 on the front free endpaper and signature of a later owner dated July 1920 below it. Minor sunning to spine panel, light wear to spine ends, some foxing to frontispiece tissue guard, a very good copy. (#166366).
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