Quebec: Printed by A. Cote & Co., 1873. 74pp. Twelve plates (including frontispiece) after Pranishnikoff, albertypes by E. Bierstadt. Modern three quarter morocco and marbled boards, gilt, spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Original front wrapper heavily chipped around the edges, mounted to a sheet of matching paper and bound in; rear wrapper lacking. Frontispiece and final text leaf with neat tissue repairs around the edges. Very good overall. Item #WRCAM55699
An exceptionally scarce privately-printed memoir of a survey expedition during the construction of the transcontinental railroad through Wyoming Territory and a firsthand account of an Indian battle during Red Cloud's War. Seymour, an engineer, was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad to accompany a party in the summer of 1867 attempting to rediscover what became known as Evans Pass, through the Black Hills near Laramie, Wyoming, a route that would ultimately be chosen by the UPRR. The illustrations are albertypes by photographer Edward Bierstadt, after the original drawings of I.P. Pranishnikoff, the artist who accompanied Seymour on the expedition. "Only a few copies printed for private circulation. The work is one of the rarest - and slyest - travesties in historical literature" - Eberstadt. The text and the illustrations can be quite humorous, including a parody of the Declaration of Independence during a Fourth of July celebration, and an image of a cannon, mounted to a mule, shooting its ball at an Indian in the distance. Not to be confused with Seymour's more common work, INCIDENTS OF A TRIP THROUGH THE GREAT PLATTE VALLEY (New York, 1867), we know of but two other copies of this work on the market in the last fifty-five years (one of which was sold by this firm). The other copy (a presentation copy) was sold at auction in 2011 for $5750. Not included in the legendary Streeter sale of Western Americana or the Everett D. Graff collection, attesting to its rarity. HOWES S316. EBERSTADT 164:306.