Reno, Nevada: The Elms Publishing Co., 1913. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), quarto size, 1305 pp. Good. Item #17080601
This history of Nevada, edited by journalist and historian Samuel Post Davis (1850-1918), spans two volumes; using biographical narrative and anecdotes to tell the history of the state, and giving biographical sketches of the people involved in the state's beginnings and development. At the time of publication, Nevada had only been a state for about fifty years, but its rich history and local characters offer a fascinating read, which Davis intended as a historical resource at the time of publication as well as a relevent history for years to come. Also includes a chapter on "lawlessness and such bad men as Jack Davis, Sam Langford, and Farmer Peel" (Six-Guns 171).
A number of chapters discuss the discovery of the Comstock Lode, the richest discovery of gold and especially of silver since the California Gold Rush; so much silver was mined that during its peak production year in 1877, the mines produced "$14,000,000 of gold and $21,000,000 of silver ( woth about $321,737,500.00 and $482,606,250.00 today)" (n.b., quote from Wiki). Immense fortunes were made (and lost); the Comstock Lode and control of the various mines is still a topic of research and study today.
___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes half black leather with black cloth boards, gilt lettering on the spines, four raised bands on joints, all edges gilt, marbled pink and blue endpapers, volume I engraved frontispiece with tissue guard of a portrait of Davis, volume II engraved frontispiece with tissue guard of a statue of John W. Mackay, both title pages with black-and-white seal of Nevada, 59 black-and-white plates, collated complete, of prominent people in Nevada throughout both volumes; quarto size (9.75" by 7"), pagination: Volume I: [1-7] 8  10  12-646; Volume II: 647-1279 [1280-1282] [i] ii-xxiii (index).
___CONDITION: Volumes are good; both with straight corners, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some minor soiling to the boards of both volumes, Volume I has rubbing to the corners and edges of the boards, and to the head and tail of the spine, and a small (one inch) split where the tail of the spine meets the front board, otherwise a square text block with solid hinges, Volume II has rubbing to the corners and edges of the boards and both joints are cracked. Although the outer boards have some wear, the interiors are near fine, clean and bright, with the gilt edges exceptionally bright; we are rating these volumes good only due to the binding.
___CITATION: Six-Guns #568.
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