New York: J.H. Colton and Company, 1855. First Edition. Original Cloth. pp: 99, (1) tables of moneys, 36 publisher's catalogue; hand-colored, folding map at rear, opens to 22" x 24". Few spots of foxing to first and last few text leaves, map in excellent condition. Bound in red cloth, blind-stamped designs on both boards, gilt lettering on front cover. 6" x 3.75" Very Good. Item #039472
The Western States here are Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Territories of Minnesota, Kansas and Nebraska. The eastern portion of the Northwest Territory, Ohio, had by 1855 attracted some two million settlers, while Minnesota had only six thousand. The text and map cover all the crossroads and villages west of Pennsylvania, including waystops along the Oregon Trail between Independence, Missouri and Oregon. About half-way along that trail, another intersects, the route to Sacramento via Lake Truckee, site of the Donner Party tragedy. Canals in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana are included in this guidebook. Provenance: Pencilled on the front free-endpaper is the signature of H. Dunbar.