Monday, November 17, 2008

"The Overland Trail, From the Golden Gate to the Great Salt Lake"


I found a copy of The Overland Trail, From the Golden Gate to the Great Salt Lake in an antique shop in Virginia City. The copy I purchased is slightly different than the one you have in your museum. The remaining title, Along the Southern Pacific – American Canyon Route via Ogden, differs slightly from your copy and a few of the illustrations are different as well.

The book (scenic guide) is beautiful, but I'm not sure how it was made. "The illustrations made from photographs" look as though they were pasted in the book, almost like a scrapbook. Does this mean each book is different? How many guide books were published? Do you have any idea what year the series of guide books were published? No publishing date is listed.



Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "John A. Bird"
Subject: The Overland Trail

We have, A Scenic Guide Book "Through the Heart of the Sierra" On the Line of the Southern Pacific – Exclusive Edition. We noticed looking through the pictures of your book that a majority of our pictures are the same however both books have pictures the other does not. These books must have been printed at different times, it appears that ours is an original and not dated, can you tell us when these books were printed and are they of any significant value? Our book was copyrighted by Curt Teich & Co., Chicago.

We would appreciate any information you might give us for this book.

—John A. Bird, Dayton, Nevada

4/28/2010 1:40 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

A number of variations of these scenic guides were published by the Southern Pacific in the early 20th century, c. 1908-1913 and are sometimes available from used book dealers, often for $25-$50 or more.

4/28/2010 1:47 PM  

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