New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937. Burbank, E.A.; Moulin, Gabriel; Moulin, Raymond. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 335 pp., signed by both Neill C. Wilson and E.A. Burbank. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #12111080
From the jacket flap: "Old Panamint's silver hoard was first found by stage-robbers who had fled to the heights above Death Valley to escape sheriffs and marshals. It was rediscovered by prospectors searching for a lost mine.... Wells Fargo, bullion carrier for every mining settlement between the sierra Nevada and the Missouri River, refused to have anything to do with this 'doorstep to hell'. "
Although in 1874 the town of Panamint City boasted a population of 2000 with its main street one mile long, today it is a ghost town. This volume recounts the growth of the town through a flash flood which devestated it on July 24, 1876. Nicely illustrated with three drawings by E.A. [Elbridge Ayer] Burbank (1858-1949), well-known artist of native americans, believed "to be the only person to paint the war chief Geronimo from life" (n.b., quote from Wiki); and also with two portraits and twenty reproductions of photographs, mostly by Gabriel and Raymound Moulin.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full turquoise linen cloth over boards with silver lettering debossed on the front and spine, fore-edge rough-cut, map endpapers of the region surrounding Panamint, signatures of Neill C. Wilson and E.A. Burbank in black inks on the half-title, stated First Printing on the copyright page, drawings and illustrations as set forth above bound in throughout, final signature unopened, vintage bookseller ticket on the recto of the rear free endpaper fom "Books Inc., Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco" showing a pencilled price of $4.50; octavo size (8 3/4" by 6 1/4"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xvi, 1-319. The dust jacket with a wrap-around illustration by George Carlson of miners with their burros and equipment, accompanied by one gentleman (in a top hat) on horseback heading up a hill in black, green, and blue; summary of the book on both flaps.
___CONDITION: Volume near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; two pencilled vintage bookseller markings, one at the top edge of the front free endpaper, the other above the bookseller's ticket; some residue at the top edge of the rear pastedown, likely glue from the binding process. The dust jacket is a solid very good, it has been clipped at three of the four corners, light overall edgewear including a small chip at the top front joint, light sunning and wear to the spine including a small chip about in the middle of the front joint. Even with the few jacket faults still a wonderful copy of a fascinating recounting of the effect of the discovery of silver on a town, signed by the author and illustrator.
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