Custer City, S.D. (pamphlet), and Philadelphia (map). 1897. ,40pp. and folding chromolithographed map (sheet size 31 x 28 1/2 inches) after Scott, published by E.P. Noll & Co. of Philadelphia. Original brown cloth, the upper cover lettered in gilt: "Rocks, / Minerals, / and other / Resources / of the / Golden / Black Hills / of / South Dakota / and / Wyoming." Very good. Provenance: Annotated in pencil by a single hand. Item #WRCAM35966A
A prospector's copy of this interesting survey, the issue with the colored map: "the first book on descriptive mineralogy of the Black Hills. Today highly sought after as a Black Hills mining relic" (Loomis). This work was published with the fine map colored (as here) or uncolored. Scott's large map of the Black Hills region depicts topographic features and various towns, including Deadwood, Sturgis, and Custer City. "For legibility, and for tracing streams to their sources, this is still a useful map of the Hills" - Jennewein. The present example is annotated in pencil with notes suggesting that the original owner of this map was attempting to set up a prospecting/mining operation near Clifton, Wyoming, in the southwest corner of the Black Hills. Further notes on the verso of the map and the facing page suggest that the unidentified individual was looking for manganese. JENNEWEIN, BLACK HILLS BOOKTRAILS 229. Thomas A. Loomis, "Black Hills Pegmatites" in DAKOTA MATRIX MINERALS, Vol. 10, No. 3.