[Detroit]: For private circulation only, . 91pp., including thirty mounted photographic views (twelve of them full-page color photochrome prints; the other eighteen are small mounted black and white photographs). Small quarto. Original calf, front board gilt stamped, red velvet endpapers, t.e.g. Light wear to spine, edges, and corners, front hinge loosening. Small areas of front endpapers stripped away. Contemporary presentation inscription on front free endpaper verso, with light offsetting to titlepage. Light tanning throughout, some light offsetting from photos. About very good. Item #WRCAM54534
A remarkable book, printed in a very small number for private circulation, and featuring a number of original photographic prints. This is the rare first edition of the book, with original mounted black and white photographs to accompany the mounted photochrome prints. This is also a presentation copy, with the inscription of the author, Carl Schmidt, to R.H. Fyfe, dated Christmas, 1904, the year of publication. Fyfe was a magnate in the shoe business in Detroit, where Schmidt ran a very succesful leather tannery. 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. "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. Rare and quite interesting. HOWES S170, "aa." STREETER SALE 4123. EBERSTADT 136:667d. STREETER SALE 4123. TRAVELING THRU WONDERLAND, pp.40-41.