GOLDFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT 1906 ILLUSTRATED SOUVENIR ... PHOTOS FURNISHED BY P. E. LARSON, PALM STUDIO [cover title]. Goldfield: Goldfield Daily Tribune Print, December 25, 1906. 19.5x27 cm (oblong octavo), pp. [1-88] (not paginated), profusely illustrated, original decorated red wrappers printed in black, string tied. First edition. A very rare souvenir book prepared during the early boom years of Goldfield, Nevada, with photographs of the many members of the Goldfield Fire Department and an extensive selection of advertisements, often illustrated, for the local businesses and mining operations that sponsored the keepsake. The photographs were taken by pioneer photographer P. E. Larson (Per Edward Larss, 1863-1925) and the engraving was done by the Reno Engraving Co. Includes historic photographs, including the 1906 lightweight boxing championship match staged in Goldfield between Joe Gans and Oscar "Battling" Nelson. Gold was discovered in Goldfield, Nevada, in 1902. "Goldfield laid claim to being the richest gold-mining camp in the world. From 1904 through 1918 the total gross production was $83,685,485. During this period, gold was $20.67 per ounce. At today's price for gold this would be almost 2 billion dollars" (Wikipedia). Mautz, p. 47 (biographical sketch of Larson). Not in Paher. No copies reported by OCLC. Small chips from spine ends, small tape mends to same, short split along lower front wrapper fold, a very good copy. (#167539).
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