[N.p., but Chicago? 1882?]. 24pp. Narrow octavo. Original printed pictorial wrappers. Light soiling and wear, vertical crease to center of pamphlet. Minor internal soiling. Just about very good. Item #WRCAM46974
Promotional pamphlet for the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Company, advertising lands for sale in Nebraska. The cover claims, "No state offers greater advantages in soil, climate, rail roads, market facilities or grand opportunities to the farmer and stock raiser than Nebraska." The text commences on a high note: "This is the State whose latch string is out, and offers homes and promises of prosperity to all who will come." The emphasis is agriculture and stock raising, with glowing essays including "Great Grazing District," "Livestock in the State," "Orchards and Groves Planted," "The Pure Air of the Prairies," "The Herd Law - No Fences Allowed," "The Cheapest Lands in America," "Sheep Raising in Nebraska," "Education the Birthright of Every Nebraska Child," etc. OCLC lists two similar items, each in a single copy: one at Yale with the imprint of Lincoln: State Journal Co., 1881?; and one at the Huntington with the imprint of St. Louis: A. Gast, 1881? The present copy has no imprint. A. Zeese & Co., the Chicago engraving firm who is attributed on the first map, specialized in half tones, zinc etching, relief-line, lithogravure, and photoelectric type. Chicago seems to us the most likely place of printing for all the editions noted above.