Denver: Richards & Co., 1874. 158pp. plus fifteen mounted albumen photographs and pp. of advertisements. Publisher's green cloth, upper cover titled in gilt. Very good. Provenance: Mrs. E.M. Wheeler (period signature on front free endpaper). Item #WRCAM2462A
Scottish-born photographer John Collier came to Central City, Colorado in 1871, establishing one of the earliest photography studios there, before selling the business and moving to Denver to open another studio in 1878. Published to promote tourism, this wonderful documentary of photographs contains images of a bird's-eye view of Central City, two railroad views, Clear Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, Garden of the Gods, Monument Park, Rainbow Falls at Manitou, Cheyenne Canyon, Monument Park, and more. The number of photographs varies from copy to copy; the present example contains more photographs than any other recorded copy (with most copies containing four to eight images, and previously thought to be complete with fourteen images). MARGOLIS, TO DELIGHT THE EYE 13 (with 10 photos).