Des Moines: Union Historical Company, 1879. Probable First Edition. Half-Leather. Very Good / No Dustjacket. Item #063436
Pages clean except for a thin, pale water stain at the heel edges of the first several leaves and wicking at the bottom edges of several portrait pages throughout; there are also two clear water stains at the foreedge of the page block, the upper affecting the margins of pages 500-end with some rippling of the final fixed endpaper as well; there is also some scattered foxing at the preliminaries and margins, and the fold-out tinted map of the county bears two neat tears along folds and one lost corner, with printed area not affected. The binding is tight and secure, with half leather ornamented along the edges in gilt showing some wear at spine ends and corners, at the bevels, and along the spine shoulders, but remarkably little surface wear or drying and bright gilt titles at the spine; the balance is in black cloth, giltstamped with the title at the front, showing some gentle spotting and a very small area of material loss at the lower front. 648pp. The first 255 pages are a digest of state legal and natural history, followed by records specific to Dallas County, Iowa, which includes details of negotiations with indigenous peoples as well as extensive records of Civil War units, major weather events, and an index of residents, many with employment and marital and other genealogical details. Laid in are a facsimile of a note from President Garfield to lithographic printers Shober and Carqueville, a list of temperance publications available from S. R. Wells of New York, and an envelope of photographic negatives, several damaged but one particularly clear one indicating that they are from a journey by motorcar to the vicinity of Pike's Peak.