FIRST EDITION Published in 1894 by the National Company, St. Oversized 13 x 11 blindstamped cloth hardcover with gilt decoration. Condition: VERY GOOD ANTIQUE CONDITION. Exterior as shown in photo, some fading of gilt but otherwise in very nice condition.
Text is clean and complete. A nice example of this scarce First Edition photo history of 19th-century America. This book was published in 1894, during the decade when photography and book publishing finally crossed paths. No longer were illustrated view books limited to using engraved images or pen and ink sketches. Instead, the camera made it possible to reproduce bold, black and white vistas on the printed page, bringing the world and all of its wonderful sights right into the sitting rooms of middle-class America.
At the same time this new frontier in publishing was opening up, a very real frontier was being tamed in the the western regions of America. Dreams of gold and silver and a craving for adventure had stirred Americas wanderlust. The West was the promised land of the 1890s, a realm of raw beauty and infinite potential.
An unbridled wilderness there for the taking. The West and everything connected with it seized the American imagination and even to this day has never let go.
Pioneer photographers raced westward by rail, every bit as eager as the gold-seekers and homesteaders. With their big, bulky cameras, they mined the little-known landscapes of California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and other western states for the visual riches they held. This grand book, OUR OWN COUNTRY, was one of the great volumes published during this important epoch in the history of photography and our nation.
This very scarce first edition was published in 1894. The book contains FIVE HUNDRED ANTIQUE PHOTO VIEWS. Many are reproduced in full-page size for maximum visual impact and the sharpest detail (the photos tend to be a little blurry, but the actual photos are of much finer resolution) and are printed in a sepia-like tint known in the day as royal purple.
The photos are accompanied by descriptive captions and an informative text narrative. What can you expect to find in this amazing collection of antique images?To help you fully appreciate the wonders of this volume, I have personally prepared a detailed summary of the many photos views included in its pages. Youll find my summary directly below. Further down the page, you can see some of these historic images for yourself. Oh, and in case youre interested, just ahead of the photo images I included some words from the Publisher to help set the tone of whats to follow.
I do hope youll take a few moments to have a look. THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI AND NORTHERN LAKES: Summertime at Minnehaha Minnehaha Creek below the Falls Old Fort Snelling Phantom Rock, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin Minnehaha in Winter Rafting in the Dells of the Wisconsin Mirrored Rocks, Dells of the Wisconsin Beleaguered Castle, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin Witches Gulch, Dells of the Wisconsin Romance Cliffs, Dells of the St. Croix Sugar Loaf, Mackinac Island Whaleback steamboats of the Northern Lakes Summering in the Apostles Islands, Lake Superior Camping in the Woods of Wisconsin Scene on the St Croix River near the Falls Plowing for wheat in northern Minnesota Pictured Rocks of Lake Superior Rustic Bridge in the black Hills of Dakota Somne Bad Indians belonging to the Government Police Camp of Ojibway Indians, Minnesota A ranch in North Dakota Falls of Miners River, near Lake Superior. IN THE BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA: Sioux Indian hut of North Dakota and Manitoba Interior of Gold Stamp Mill, Deadwood Silver ore and smelter A real live cowboy Home of the cowboy A schoolhouse on the frontier Spearfish Creek above the Falls The late President Chester Arthur and party camping in the Black Hills Spearfish Canon The last of the Buffaloes Standing Rock Agency: Issuing beef to Indians Crow Butte near Crawford, Nebraska Sitting Bulls camp before the Custer Massacre Sioux Indian war dance Chief Rain-in-the-Face and his war pony Deadwood Gulch A glimpse of the Bad Lands Knife-Blade or Needle-Point, Black Hills Elk Canon, Black Hills Railroad Building in the Black Hills General Custer and Grand Duke Alexis Western hunters hut View of Deadwood, South Dakota Moose hunters camp. YELLOWSTONE: Dianas Bath, Mammoth Hot Springs Giant geyser Gibbon Falls Mammoth Paint Pot Crater of Mammoth Geyser Coating Spring Terrace Pulpit Terrace Preaching from Pulpit Terrace Jupiter Terrace, Yellowstone Park Crater of Grand Geyser Lone Star Geyser Old Faithful in Action Little Fire-hole Falls Cone of Grotto Geyser Crater of Deluge Geyser Keplers Cascae, Fire-hole River Yellowstone Canon The Golden Gate Road Biscuit Basin Tower Falls Peculiar formation of the Hot Springs Yellowstone Lake Gardiner River Road and Canon, Yellowstone Park Minerva Terrace Devils Punch Bowl.
YOSEMITE: A glimpse at Yosemite in the early morning Vernal Falls, Yosemite Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite The Silver Apron Our photographer at Glacier Point Making love at a height of 3200 feet Nevada Falls, Yosemite Yosemite Falls after a snowstorm El Capitan Illillouette Falls and South Dome Profile of Upper Yosemite Falls Agassiz Rock Merced River and Yosemite Valley The Three Brothers Cathedral Rocks and Reflection. CALIFORNIA: Lake Tahoe and Cave Rock Home of Perchango (Temecular) Indianss Prospecting for gold in California Najaqui Falls, Gaviota Pass, California A young Yuma Indian Yuma Indian squaws Trains loaded with big trees Old chief of the Yuma Indians An uncivilized Digger Indian A glen near Gaviota Pass A California olive orchard Beach and bath house, Ocean Park, California Avalon, Catalina Island The old palms at Los Angeles Way-side hut, Southern California Native Mexican village, southern California East Lake Park, Los Angeles, California A California landscape The old Mission Garden An 18 year old cactus A California banana garden View in the San Bernardino Valley An ideal California home Avenue of Draecena Palms Mount Hamilton and Lick Observatory as they appeared before the Great Earthquake Dust to dust, ashes to ashes Aristocratic Mexican adobe, Southern California Cliffs of the Pacific Shore California cottage and gold of Ophir rose Characteristic California lawn The White Deerskin dance Cadrilla celebration Indian funeral and cemetery Camping in California Effects of civilization on the Digger Indian Interior of a Mexican home, California Among the ferns and redwoods of California Orange tree in fruit Interior of Chinese theatre, San Francisco Logging in the Redwoods View near Corona, California, taken on New Years Day A fallen giant Surf near the old Cliff House The Golden Gate Union Square, San Francisco Old Fort Humboldt, California California rural ferry boat Hydraulic gold mining Scenery on Mad River, California In the depths of the forest Happy Indian family California landscape and pack of mules Fairy-Land The Ghost Dance Navajo war chief and his daughter Remnants of the Mojave Indians Yaqui Indians Indian mothers pride, Hoopa Valley, California North Fork Falls, Humboldt County, California. ARIZONA AND THE GRAND CANYON: An Arizona landscape Beautiful Mexican girl and the giant cactus Camping among the big trees A Mexican family and their home, southern Arizona Arizona stage coach and passengers Camping on the way to the Grand Canon of the Colorado The Point of Rocks The Universal Adobe Bridal Veil Falls, Grand Canon of the Colorado Relics of the cliff dwellers Homes of the Pueblos near Grand Canon Climbing the cliffs of the Grand Canon A cave of the cliff dwellers Pueblo Indians in holiday attire Wall of stalactite cave, Grand Canon A Pueblo belle Relics of an ancient race General view of the Grand Canon of the Colorado Silver Apron Falls, Grand Canon of the Colorado Twin Cascade, Grand Canon of the Colorado Along the trail to Bridal Veil Falls, Grand Canon of the Colorado 0ur photographers climbing the Canon wall with ropes Singular rock formations of the Canon Stony cataract, Canon trail Yavaisupai Indian from the abcxs regions of the Grand Canon Along the brink of the abyss Pima Indian village and family Little Bear, Arapahoe Indian Maricopa warriors Cheyenne Indian boy with bow and arrows Hances Cabin, near the descent to the Canyon Cliff dwellings and fortified rock Stone palace of cliff dwellers, Grand Canon Neetmok Cliff The cliffs from the bottom of the Canon Solomons Temple, Grand Canon Mud cliffs on the Verde River, Arizona The Needles from Cantilever Bridge, Colorado River Village of Pueblo Indians near Grand Canon Prehistoric ruins of Aztec Springs, Arizona Moonlight view of the Temple of Set, from the Sphinx, Grand Canon of the Colorado Prehistoric heiroglyphics near Phoenix, Arizona Big Spotted Horse, Pawnee Indian Fortification and part of the city walls, Casa Grande, Arizona. UTAH: A Garden of Eden in the Desert Poetry personified Palace of a Pueblo Indian chief Battle Creek Falls, near Pleasant Grove, Utah Grave of Brigham Young, Salt Lake City The Amelia Palace, Salt Lake City Provo Falls, Utah General view of Salt Lake City Tabernacle, Salt Lake City The Castle, Price Canon, Utah Great Salt Lake, Saltair Beach Temple Tabernacle and Assembly Square, Salt Lake City Ruby Castle, Grand River, Utah Portals of Grand River Canon, Utah The Devils slide, Weber Canon, Utah Gunnison Butte, Green River, Utah Sandstones of Platte Canon, Utah The Organ, Green River, Utah.
NEW MEXICO: Street view in native section of Santa Fe New Mexico Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico The Navajo Church, near Fort Wingate, New Mexico Group of natives near Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico Home of Kit Carson near Taos, New Mexico Street view in Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico The old church at Pueblo of Taos Fishing at Wagon Wheel Gap, Colorado Governors dining room in the Old Palace, Santa Fe, New Mexico The Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico United State Military Headquarters, New Mexico. COLORADO: Ruins of a portion of the Palace, Casa Grande, Colorado Grand view of Canon Rio Las Animas, Colorado Camp of Cinnamon Bear Hunters, New Mexico Cliff houses, Gila Hot Springs, Colorado The Royal Gorge, Colorado Mountain of the Holy Cross, Colorado The Pyramids, Perry Park, Colorado Profile Rocks, Perry Park, Colorado The Toll-Gate, Mount Ouray, Colorado The Cascade at Ouray, Colorado Falls in Williams Canon, Colorado Chippeta Falls, Colorado Bear Creek Falls, near 0uray, Colorado Scene in Box Canon, Colorado Sultan Mountain, Bakers Park, Colorado Along the Ute Pass, Colorado Belle and the Bell at Empire, Colorado Ute Pass, Colorado Clear Creek Valley near Empire Colorado View from Garfield Mountain, Colorado Cheyenne Falls, Ute Pass, Colorado The Franklin Hermitage, Georgetown Colorado Fishing in Clear Creek, Colorado Dohertys Description The Lioness, Minturn, Colorado Seeking refuge in a mine from an approaching storm, Colorado Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, Colorado Summit of Pikes Peak and observatory Balanced Rock Seal and Bear, Garden of the Gods Entrance to a Colorado silver mine Prospectors in Rocky Mountains Cathedral Spires, Garden of the Gods The Loop and Bridge at Georgetown, Colorado Fair visitors at Hidden Treasure gold mine, Colorado Pikes Peak and Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs. THE MIDWEST: Sabbath day at a miners camp Our photographer visits a miners camp Scenery in the Rocky Mountains The Dutch Wedding Birds eye view of Old Fot Riley, Kansas Remains of the first Kansas State House Geographical Center of the United States View of the Mississippi River from Rock Island, home of Black Hawk Killing time at a western fort New recruits for Uncle Sams army View on the Des Moines River at High Bridge near the city of Des Moines Iowa Path of an Iowa cyclone A Sylvan retreat on the Des Moines An artists view of the Des Moines River Flint Falls, Pike County, Illinois View on the Illinois River near Griggsville Hunters Camp, Clear Lake, Illinois Oldest brick house in the Mississippi Valley, residence of Mrs.
Jarrett, Cahokia, Illinois The old Court House at Cahokia I1linois River Des Peres, Forest Park, St Louis A winters day on the Mississippi Eads Bridge, St Louis On the Hinkston River near Columbia Missouri Natural Coke Mine, Aurora Spring, Miller County, Missouri Keokuk Dam Meramec Springs, Missouri The Rapids, Meramec Springs, Missouri Landscape in Jefferson County, Missouri Old Meramec iron furnace Aunt Mary of Grays Summit, Missouri Pilot Knob and Arcadia Valley, Missouri Among the Meramec Hills in Franklin County, Missouri Landscape near Kimmswick, Missouri Scenery near Iron Mountain, Missouri Cliffs of the Meramec near Glencoe Missouri Sentinel Rock on the Mississippi River south of St Louis Landscape in the Meramec Valley, Missouri Horseshoe Curve of the Meramec near Glencoe Missouri Picnic Party at Meramec Highlands In the Ozark Mountains, Howell County, Missouri The log cabin home near Labadie Missouri Aunt Dinahs daily drawing from the well. THE SOUTH: In the hills of the Ouachita near Hot Springs Arkansas The hominy beater Waiting for dinner Scene on Sawmill Creek, Reynolds County, Missouri Old Scotia, Missouri Black family and their home Hunting turkeys in the Ozark Mountains A country store in Oklahoma Group of Cherokee Indians A family of Choctaw Indians View of Eureka Springs, Arkansas A Cherokee belle Black Owl, Mary and Sitting Woman The Three graces Osage Indian women Crooked Face and his family Scenery in the mountains of western Arkansas Rice plant well, Arkansas The Old South Relics of slavery In the forests of Arkansas Farm house and 1000-acre farm near Little Rock, Arkansas Water melon time A Texas cotton plantation A southern Arkansas homesteader and his family Picking cotton Dinner time A Texas sugar plantation The Quarters at a Texas Plantation The Alamo, San Antonio Texas A planters home on the Red River View on Devils River, Texas Southern convict system, gang of convicts at dinner Planters mansion on the Brazos River, Texas Louisiana sugar planters mansion Steamboating on Buffalo Bayou, Texas Wharf scene on the Lower Red River A Louisiana cane field A primitive sugar mill in Louisiana Louisiana rice field ready for the harvest The deserted home, a relic of the war A southern coton market King Cotton departs for Europe A mansion of the New South Steamship unloading bananas at New Orleans Moss-pickers camp Ghosts of the past, deserted slave quarters A southern cottage home Street scenes in old New Orleans The palmetto avenue Avenue of tombs, St Rocks Cemetery, New Orleans Side vaults, St Rocks Cemetery, New Orleans The old folks at home Day dreaming on the Suwanee River A pleasure party on the Suwanee River Our photographer and the cocoanuts A cottage on the Suwanee River Monument on battlefield at New Orleans Tourists at Silver Spring, Florida The old torpedo boat atish fort, New Orleans Oldest house in New Orleans, formerly used as a court house St Augustine and the bay, from Fort Marion The watch tower, old abcxs Fort Marion A pineapple orchard Tourists on the Ocklawaha River, Florida Plaza and slave market, St Augustine, Florida View on Halifax River, Florida The levee at New Orleans Entrance to Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans An old tomb in Metairie Cemetery Avenue of tombs, Girod Cemetery, New Orleans Steamship passing through the jetties below New Orleans Scene in French market, New Orleans Tampa Bay, Florida Beauvoir, home of Jefferson Davis A wreck on the Gulf Coast Scene on the Indian River, Florida Tallehassee, scout of the Indian River Billy Bowlegs, son of the famous chief Banyan tree near Key West, Florida The harbor at Key West, Florida Street scene in Key West The Jasper Monument, Savannah Georgiaish Bayonet in bloom, Charleston South Carolina Country gentleman and his team Fort Sumter as it now appears Tomb of Andrew Jackson at The Hermitage Old mansion and tomb of President Polk, Nashville The Hermitage home of Andrew Jackson near Nashville Aerial cable-car across the Tennessee River at Knoxville Steamboating on the Cumberland River Capitol Square and Washington Monument, Richmond, Virginia Interior of Chhurch at Alexandria, Virginia Falling Springs near Warm Springs, Virginia Braddocks headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia Chair in which Washington was nursed The great Natural Bridge of Virginia.NEW YORK, NEW ENGLAND & EASTERN STATES: Interior of Independence Hall, Philadelphia The William Penn mansion as it stands in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia Blue Ridge Mountain scenery and Virginia Military Institute Monument of Stephen Girard in Girard College Monument to Girard students who died in the war Tomb of General Robert E Lee, Lexington, Virginia Camping in the Catskill Mountains Washingtons headquarters at Valley Forge Camping in the Catskill Mountains Niagara Falls in the wintertime Rapids above Niagara Falls Washington statue, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore Roa Hook, on the Hudson The Obelisk, Central Park, New York Tomb of General Grant, Riverside Park, New York Peekskill Bay and Hudson Narrows, Hudson River Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York A lodge in the Adirondacks The bridge at Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown Grave of Jonathan Edwards, Princeton, New Jersey A Vermont homesteader Washington Elm, now destroyed, Cambridge, Massachusetts The Longfellow Monument, Cambridge, Massachusetts View among the Thousand Islands of the St Lawrence Where John Browns body lies mouldering Harvard College and grounds, Cambridge, Massachusetts Portion of Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut Along the historic road to Concord Statue of Minute Man, Concord Battlefield The historic bridge at Concord, Massachusetts Hawthornes house, Concord, Massachusetts Old New England farmhouse, built in 1636 Burial place of the Stockbridge Indians, near Stockbridge, Massachusetts The Hamilton Statue, Boston John Hancocks house, Boston, Massachusetts Bunker Hill The original Witch House, Salem, Massachusetts Jimmie, the famous fisherman of the Maine coast The Roosevelt Dam U S Army aeroplane and officers Scene in Uncompahgre Valley, Colorado. A Word From the Publisher. OUR OWN COUNTRY will give an insight into the stupendous splendor of the United States. To some it will doubtless be a hint to explore in person what camera and pencil have attempted to depict, while to thousands of others it will simply be a revelation and source of delight.
The photographs of natural scenery form the finest collection of American landscape views ever presented to the public. They possess the charm of nature with no attempt at embellishment.
They tell the story of Americas picturesqueness far more graphically than the work of the most skilled artist, and, moreover, they carry with them a conviction of accuracy which is impossible with ideal thoughts and lofty combinations. We are not unmindful of the triumphs of pencil and brush, but for many purposes the camera is king and its products are beyond compare.
While it is the special purpose of this great work to accurately and faithfully reproduce and portray the beautiful and sublime natural scenery and wonders of our native land, there will be in addition a faithful endeavor to make it also representative of American character by aid of photographs and descriptions of the home-life and peculiarities of the various people who inhabit the different sections of our country. Thus it will be our aim to reflect, as in a mirror, the once lordly red man of the forest and prairie, who, like Robinson Crusoe, regarded himself as monarch of all he surveyed. And while thus engaged we shall also secure portraits of the Indians natural enemy, the reckless and unique cowboy, a special product of American life and character.
Like the Southern Colonel and the enterprising New Englander, the American cowboy has neither rival nor counterpart. He is picturesque, daring and gallant. His costume resembles that worn by dwellers in no other nation, and his habits are equally original and unparalleled.
In OUR OWN COUNTRY he will be seen as he really exists, and not in the artificial character which is given him in periodicals. In these pages he will exist forever, indelibly photographed as he lives and moves in real and every-day life.
In the broad and beautiful pages of OUR OWN COUNTRY both the Old and the New South will be photographed as they were and are. Then, from the perfumed and restful atmosphere of the South-land, a pleasant and instructive journey will be taken through the mountains and valleys of the Southeastern and Atlantic states.
The camera, which will be our constant companion, will immortalize many of the most striking scenes to be found in the picturesque and historic regions of Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and New York; and still, with our faithful and indispensable ally, we shall reach the granite hills of New England. Here we shall behold a combination of some of the finest scenery and entertaining characters that can be found in any part of the world. The live Yankee is as much a special product pf America as the Southern planter or the pushing Westerner, and the majesty and beauty of his native scenery add an indescribable charm to his home and surroundings.
It is the purpose of OUR OWN COUNTRY to photograph every nook and corner of our native land, and to preserve them in all the freshness and beauty of real life and nature unadorned. The changes will be many and abrupt; the scenes kaleidoscopic and awe inspiring; the legends bright and instructive, and the very best that the nation possesses in the lovely and the picturesque will be brought into bold relief. REMEMBER FOLKS, THIS IS AN 1894 FIRST EDITION.THIS BOOK IS 123 YEARS OLD! Please be sure to add me to your List of Favorite Sellers.
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