[Detroit]: For private circulation only, . 91pp., including thirty photographic views (twelve are full-page mounted color photochrome prints; the other eighteen are small in- text black and white photographs). Original full calf, front board stamped in gilt, red velvet endpapers, t.e.g. Light cracking to calf at spine and edges, front board a bit loose. Very light dampstain along top edge; light, even tonight throughout. Photochrome prints fine. Good plus. Item #WRCAM54533
A remarkable book, printed in a very small number for private circulation, and featuring a number of original photographic prints. This present copy is inscribed by Carl Schmidt, the author of the account. Schmidt, his daughter, and two friends left Chicago for Wyoming and the West in the summer of 1901. They spent several weeks in Yellowstone, and Schmidt recounts their adventures in great detail, with descriptions of the park, their hiking expeditions, the characters they encountered, and more. One chapter is devoted to a fishing trip, and the final chapter describes a visit to a mine in Montana. The color pictures are photochrome prints after photographs by William Henry Jackson, who, as the official photographer of the Hayden Survey in the 1870s, took the first photographs of Yellowstone. The photochrome process was invented in Switzerland, and the American rights were purchased by the Detroit Publishing Company around 1895. Jackson served as a director of the newly- created Photochrom Company subsidiary, and praised the photochrome process in his memoirs as a "process hardly improved today." The pictures ably convey the natural beauty of the region that became America's first national park. The black and white photographs were taken by Schmidt and his companions and show the sites they visited, including several candid shots of Yellowstone. This is the scarce second edition, with the black and white photographs printed onto the text leaves. The original photochrome prints are mounted. "Printed in a few copies...An interesting journal of the Yellowstone Country, and because of the circumstances of its printing, extremely difficult to come by" - Eberstadt. Scarce and quite interesting. The Streeter copy sold for $80 in 1969. It reappeared at auction in 2003, when Cummins paid $3520 for it. HOWES S170, "aa." STREETER SALE 4123. EBERSTADT 136:667d. STREETER SALE 4123. TRAVELING THRU WONDERLAND, pp.40-41.