CLARK, Charles M. (b. 1834)
A Trip to Pike's Peak and Notes by the Way, with Numerous Illustrations: Being Descriptive of Incidents and Accidents That Attended the Pilgrimage; of the Country through Kansas and Nebraska; Rocky Mountains; Mining Regions; Mining Operations, etc., etc.
Chicago: S.P. Rounds' Steam Book and Job Printing House, 1861. 8vo. 134 pp., errata leaf, 18 wood-engraved plates including frontispiece. Inscribed in pencil "Compliments of the Author, March / 61" and with original owner's name, C.G. Beach, on flyleaf.
Original embossed black cloth, upper cover gilt-lettered.
First edition of one of the best contemporary narratives of the Colorado Gold Rush.
Dr. Clark traveled to Colorado in 1860 from Saint Joseph, Missouri by way of Fort Kearny and the South Platte River. He provides a detailed account of his journey along with descriptions of mining and of the state of affairs in Denver the gambling, crime, and cursing were much to his dislike. The plates provide views of Denver, Golden City, the Rocky Mountains, Fort Kearny and Kearny City, St. Joseph, etc.
Graff 731; Howes C430; Streeter sale IV: 2144; Wagner-Camp 372; Wynar Colorado 2031.