(Ogden, Utah): Published by Mrs. Katie Toponce, printed by the Century Printing Co., Salt Lake City, Utah, (1923). First Edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo size, 248 pp. Very good. Item #18110701
The nineteenth century was a time of flourishing development for the American West, and many pioneers headed West to make their fortunes; Alexander Toponce (1839-1923) was one such pioneer, who worked in a variety of jobs and is primarily known for opening early stagecoach routes in the area, particularly the first overland route from Missouri to California in 1855. An adventurous man, Toponce invested in numerous development projects in the burgeoning western regions, drove cattle, and even dabbled in mining; he dictated this memoir largely from memory, as he didn't keep a diary.
"Reminiscences" paints a vivid picture of the Intermountain West in a time of progress and industry, of the camps and businesses created by early pioneers. This volume is the first edition of Toponce's memoir, and it was published by his wife, Katie Toponce, after his death.
___DESCRIPTION: Full burgundy cloth, ruled borders, illustration of a stage coach, and title inside rectangle embossed on the front board, all edges rough cut, frontispiece a black-and-white photograph of Alexander Toponce, captioned "Mr. Alex Toponce, Author, Age 84.", title page with ruled border and publisher's device in black, black-and-white photographic plates throughout; duodecimo size (7" by 5.25"), pagination: [1-14] 15-248.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with clean boards, a strong, square text block, and the interior is clean and bright; some rubbing to the edges and head and tail of the spine and to the corners, corners are gently bumped, some cracking at the gutters of a few signatures but text block is still strong, front hinge starting to crack but board firmly attached, and there is a prior owner gift inscription written in pen on the front free endpaper.
___CITATIONS: Six-Guns no. 2225; Wright Howes, The Final Edition, T-303.
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