Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Railroad Book from the late 1800s

In Books > First Edition Books > Show & Tell.
solver's loves8 of 14WW2 Nose Art style pin ups on Envelopes c. 1944Help Needed to decipher this Trench Art engraving
Love it
Like it

mrmajestic1mrmajestic1 loves this.
booklookerbooklooker loves this.
solversolver loves this.
Mrj303Mrj303 loves this.
See 2 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 11 years ago

    (6 items)

    Found this book in an old cabin...Titled Rocky Mountain Scenery...But says First edition...No Copyright dates or anything...only dates in book are Establishment dates in the advertisement...looking for dates and maybe even Value...pages are a very thick material...the cover is in solid but soiled condition ...and there is very little soiling on pages...

    Mystery Solved
    First Edition Books
    See all
    Harry Potter Complete Hardcover Set Books 1-7 Set First Edition (J.K. Rowling)
    Harry Potter Complete Hardcover Set...
    1611 King James Bible, 1st Edition
    1611 King James Bible, 1st Edition...
    King James Bible 1611 - First Edition - BONUS German Gutenberg Bible 1454 - DVD
    King James Bible 1611 - First Editi...
    1560 Geneva Bible, 1st Edition Perfect Facsimile Reproduction
    1560 Geneva Bible, 1st Edition Perf...
    Harry Potter Complete Hardcover Set Books 1-7 Set First Edition (J.K. Rowling)
    Harry Potter Complete Hardcover Set...
    See all


    1. solver solver, 11 years ago
      Bam, hold onto your hat. What a great find!

      Don't get too excited --- yet --- but I strongly suggest that you send photos and the information I am providing to two auction houses and get an auction estimate. I suggest either Heritage Auctions in Dallas [personally, I like Heritage, very fair commission rate] or PBA Galleries in San Francisco, both do well with rare books.

      This guide was published by the American Bank Note Co., New York, circa 1888, according to WorldCat:

      It contains "12 Albertype illustrations from photographs of Western Rocky Mountains scenery, 7 half-tone illustrations from photographs of Western scenery. Forbes Lithograph Co., Boston, produced the plates."--Hanson Collection [David A. Hanson Collection of the History of Photomechanical Reproduction] catalog, p. 96.
      Hanson Collection:

      From "William Henry Jackson: An Annotated Bibliography, 1862 to 1995" by Thomas H. Harrell:

      " 'Rocky Mountain Scenery.' New York: Press of the American Bank Note Co., c. 1887. An elegant small folio-size book in black leather binding, with brief descriptions of prominent places of interest along the Denver and Rio Grande line, produced by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company. Illustrated with 12 full-page Albertypes of Jackson views along the railway, and other halftone reproductions of Jackson photos. There are also munerous advertisements, including two by Chain and Hardy, acting as agents for Jackson's work. This seems to have been a souvenir book for prestigious guests of the railroad, and was certainly not inexpensive if sold generally."
      See last entry on page, c. 1887:

      Condition is very important but this book is scarce. There is currently one for sale online, in better condition than yours, for $2,750 (near the bottom of the page).

      One sold on July 13, 2006, for $2,587 at PBA that had condition issues:

      Respond to this post if you need any assistance if you decide to send an email to the auction houses for a sale estimate, which is simply an estimate until they physically inspect an item. It's always a good idea to get a sale estimate, along with auction consignment costs, from two auction houses before you make a decision.

    2. solver solver, 11 years ago
      For anyone who might be interested, this "souvenir guide" is online, in black and white; the guide and illustrations begin on page 26.

      I found the Hanson Collection to be fascinating. Many of the books, guides, etc. are scanned; click on the picture to the left of each entry, of which there are 344:,1
    3. solver solver, 11 years ago
      Not that it matters, but I am curious since and new to this board.

      Does the original poster lose their way on this site after they post, which is why they don't come back? The same thing happened on another rare, expensive book where they specifically inquired about information.

    4. solver solver, 11 years ago
      AR8Jason, thanks for your insightful thoughts. I realize that behavior is individual, predicated on many factors. My presence, like yours, is only when "real life" allows me the time. ;-) Your last statement really did succinctly answer my question.

      Regarding this and the other post about the 1792 bible, I responded hours after their initial post. I am disappointed "for" them since both had high values and worthy of going to auction, which is a good thing!

    5. BAM091707 BAM091707, 11 years ago
      Yes I have sent emails to the 2 auction waiting still for Heritage Auctions...PBA said estimated the book in its condition to sell at auction in the price range of $1000-$1500... true fully I read your guys responses and didn't think a question was asked at first....

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.