THE YELLOWSTONE VALLEY. WHAT IT IS, WHERE IT IS, AND HOW TO GET TO IT. A HAND-BOOK FOR TOURISTS AND SETTLERS. ILLUSTRATED. By Thomson P. McElrath. St. Paul: The Pioneer Press Co., 1880. 18.8x12.5 cm, pp. [1-3] 4  6  8-138 [139-144: ads], inserted map (folded), two illustrations in the text, original brown pebbled cloth, front panel lettered in gold, all edges marbled. First edition. An early guide to the Yellowstone Valley promoting its resources for the settler and the tourist, written by a correspondent for the NEW YORK TIMES who arrived in the valley in the summer of 1879 for a visit that was to have lasted three months, but was "indefinitely prolonged" due to curiosity about the region and its development, as well as "the pure and healthful atmosphere of Montana." "Has a long chapter on stock raising and Montana ranches" (Adams). The folded map is "Map of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and Connections" engraved by "Rand, McNally Co. Engr's, Chicago." Adams, Herd 1397 ("rare"). Howes M91. Spine ends and corner tips worn, some staining to cloth with several careful repairs to cloth along bottom edge of rear panel, endpapers damp stained along lower edges and lower part of gutter margins, the map has a small damp stain to the lower margin at the gutter edge, a very good copy. (#166950).
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