New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1883. First Edition. Large paper copy. Small 4to. 22, (3), 6-437 pp (many pages uncut). 4 single page maps; one fold-out Profile of the N.P.R.R. from St. Paul and Lake Superior to Puget Sound; large folding color map of N.P.R.R's branches and allied lines at rear. "The forty-eight plates called for by Howes are not present in this (Graff's) copy; perhaps they w ere not issued with the advance copies." - Graff 3817. Publisher's full black morocco with gilt monogram on front cover, gilt ruling & lettering. Minor wear to extremities; short closed tear tp pg 169; else a near fine copy. Item #18794
Eugene Virgil Smalley (1841-1899) entered the employment of the Northern Pacific railroad in 1882, and in 1884 established the " Northwest," an illustrated magazine, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a frequent contributor to periodicals, mainly on subjects relating to the resources and development of the region. One of a few large paper copies, possibly in a presentation binding, of this thorough and illustrated history of the early explorations and development of the Northern Pacific Railroad. This copy lacks the 48 plates called for by Howes, but these are equally absent in the Graff copy "perhaps they [i.e., the plates] were not issued with the advance copies". Graff 3817; Howes S561.