Wells' Pocket Hand-Book of Iowa; Past, Present, and Prospective
New York: John G. Wells. Good. 1857. An early guide and map to Iowa. Red stamped cloth boards with gilt imprint. Split cloth at joints, sunning of spine, light soil, and rubbed and bumped corners. Light soil on edges and endpapers. Pages have light foxing and margin marks. The title page has a few small strips neatly excised and a few holes from a perforated stamp, not seeming to affect the title page text but with loss of a few words on the verso copyright page. Pages 101-102 also have small strips excised and the perforated stamp in the bottom fore corner, with a few lost words. The fragile hand-colored folding map measures 12" x 16" and has a four-inch archival tape repair, chips and some soil. The guide contains many details on settlement laws for prospective immigrants, chapters on mineral and water resources, travel route distances, rail routes, economic statistics and more, with testimonies from actual Iowans. Howes W 250, Graff 4583. ; 6" x 4"; 136 pp . (Inventory #: 011445)
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