Westward Ramblings and Home Again

Baltimore: Privately published (Educator of Morgan College Print), [1896]. First Edition. 12mo. Leather-grained cloth over boards; gilt cover title; floral endpapers; 85pp. Scuffing to board edges, spine ends and corners, else Very Good. Inscribed "with compliments from the author" on first blank.

Truly scarce 19th-century narrative of western travel. Slagle, a prosperous Baltimore banker, describes a cross-continental journey by rail beginning in the summer of 1893, with good (if somewhat florid) descriptions of the Rockies, Salt Lake City ("We find among the masses of the city, a mysterious and superstitious expansion of imagination in regard to the Prophet's works, which are revered by them with a certain sacredness, that is a secure sentinel of protection to those of a destructive turn of mind"); San Francisco's Chinatown ("Every vice with which mankind is cursed, we find carried on in this imported town"); and Yellowstone ("The bright noonday sunshine falling upon this naked spectacle, like the visions of a beautiful dream, all color, all glitter and delicate tints, all joy and hope seems thrown at your feet"). Not noted, to our knowledge, in any of the Western bibliographies, and sparsely held in institutional collections.

Price: $300.00

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