Yankton: Press Steam Power Printing Co., 1870. 56pp. Colored frontispiece map. Modern half cloth and paper boards. Very clean and fresh internally. Fine. Item #WRCAM46230
One of the earliest works on the Dakota- Wyoming frontier, and among the first locally printed works on Dakota Territory and on gold in the Black Hills. "Batchelder compiled this report in response to numerous requests from acquaintances in the East. The section on railroads, pp.40-43, states that in August 1870, Dakota has not yet a line of railroads, but describes the Northern Pacific railroad which is to pass through the territory, and gives a list of other projected roads" - Streeter. Batchelder was the Secretary of Dakota Territory, and this work covers the early history and exploration of the region, Indians, climate, soil, produce, stock raising, mineral resources, and investment possibilities. A "Map of Dakota in Miniature" is the frontispiece. The first letter of each section of text is printed with a large, stylized initial, quite unusual for an early frontier imprint.
The Streeter copy was purchased by the Nebraska Rare Book Company for $1100 in 1968. It was acquired by the Reese Company and sold for $10,000. STREETER SALE 2051. HOWES B231, "b." GRAFF 205. DAKOTA IMPRINTS 73. ADAMS HERD 219 ("very rare"). JONES 1522. BRADFORD 286.