COLLIER, John (1837-1911), photographer; - and [Charles E. HARRINGTON]
Summering in Colorado
Denver: Richards & Co., 1874. 8vo. (7 1/2 x 5 inches). , 158, pp, including ads. 15 mounted albumen photographs.
Publisher's green cloth, upper cover titled in gilt
Provenance: Mrs. E. M. Wheeler (period signature on front free endpaper)
First edition, with more photographs than any other recorded copy.
Scottish-born photographer John Collier came to Central City, Colorado in 1871, establishing one of the earliest photography studios there, before selling the business and moving to Denver to open another studio in 1878. Published to promote tourism, this wonderful documentary of photographs contains images of the following: bird's-eye-view of Central City, two railroad views, Clear Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, Garden of the Gods, Monument Park, Rainbow Falls at Manitou, Cheyenne Canyon, Monument Park, and more. The number of photographs vary from copy to copy; the present example with more photographs than any other recorded copy (with most copies containing 4 to 8 images, and previously thought to be complete with 14 images).
NYPL 289 (citing 10 photographs); Adams, Herd 554; McMurtrie & Allen, Early Printing in Colorado 223; Margolis,To Delight the Eye 13 (citing 10 photographs). Not in Graff, Howes or Truthful Lens.