Leadville, Co. Democrat Printing Co., 1880. ,-431,pp., including advertisements, plus pp. of advertisements on light blue stock, and pp. on pink stock. Lacks the leaf with pages 404-405. Original half calf and printed paper boards, spine gilt. Boards worn and rubbed, corners bumped, spine ends chipped, rear board and backstrip starting to separate from textblock. Ownership inscriptions of John W. O'Brien on front board and several places throughout (see below). Leaf with pages 404- 405 neatly excised, marginal pencil annotations throughout, else clean internally. About very good. Lacking one leaf of text. Item #WRCAM56334
This is the first year in a long-running series of directories for the important Colorado mining town of Leadville, scene of one of the last of the spectacular mining booms in the continental United States. The earliest Leadville directory appeared just the year before, published by the Daily Times Steam Print of Denver.
Thomas Corbett, W.C. Hoye, and John Ballenger write that they were inspired to produce this directory, "...to convince the most skeptical of the rapid growth and commercial importance of this wonderful city." The next year, Hoye left the partnership, and the subsequent seven issues were produced by Corbett and Ballenger. Full of particulars on local businesses, including merchants, banks, lumber yards, wagon makers, newspapers, photographers, mining firms, railroads, etc., as well as the occupations and addresses of the residents. The advertisement for the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad includes a small map of that route. Leadville was Colorado's most noted mining town, here at the peak of its silver production.
This copy bears the ownership inscriptions of John W. O'Brien who ran the law practice Jerome & O'Brien with J.L. Jerome, one of over one hundred law offices listed in Leadville for this year. OCLC 10989213, 175027985.