Saint Paul: Published by C.L. Emerson, Minnesota Democrat Office, 1855. iv,,64pp. Quarto. Original printed front wrapper bound into modern polished limp black calf (lacks rear wrapper). Text dampstained, some pencil notes. First leaf (advertisements) with 25% loss to upper portion. Good. In a half morocco and cloth box. Item #WRCAM26854
Emerson, an early Minnesota land surveyor and civil engineer, obtained an intimate knowledge of Minnesota country and its pioneers through his professional travels. This interesting work provides a history of the settlement of Minnesota Territory from 1838 onward, as well as a directory of merchants, printing presses, lawyers, land agents, physicians, clergymen, hotels and taverns, traders, fur dealers, and even two artists. A table of distances is included for the potential settler, as well as several pages of local advertising matter. Very rare. Howes notes only four known copies, but OCLC currently locates eight copies. The Streeter copy sold to Goodspeed's for $200 in 1968. MINNESOTA IMPRINTS 84. GRAFF 1245. HOWES E138, "b." SABIN 49306. STREETER SALE 1965. EBERSTADT 133:646.