COLORADO SCARCITIES CATALOG

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“HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT COLORADO SCARCITIES”

SEPTEMBER 2019

 

 

COLORADO BUSINESS DIRECTORY and ANNUAL REGISTER for 1875

1)      Blake, J. A., Publisher.   COLORADO BUSINESS DIRECTORY and ANNUAL REGISTER for 1875.  Denver, Colorado.  J. A. Blake, Publisher.  COLORADO TERRITORY.  Published March 1875.  Original gold-imprinted, burgundy-cloth covers with original burgundy-cloth spine.  Dimensions: 4-3/4 inches by 7-1/4 inches; 244 pages, including regional advertisements.  Press of Woodward, Tiernan & Hale, St. Louis.  First Annual Volume of the COLORADO BUSINESS DIRECTORY.  Index of towns in the Colorado Territory.  Index of advertisements.  Historical text.  Territorial government.  County officers.  Industrial associations.  Secret societies and educational.  Gazetteer of Towns.  Very good condition: original covers somewhat discolored; gold printing still bright; covers exhibit sun-lightening and some staining.  Interior pages are very good plus to near fine: bright and clean.

            OCLC: 3 to 4 original hard copies listed; most other listings are internet accessible.  No Wynar number; however, Denver Public Library does have an original copy.

Price: $4,500.00

 

COLORADO BUSINESS DIRECTORY and ANNUAL REGISTER for 1876.

2)      Blake, J. A., Publisher.  COLORADO BUSINESS DIRECTORY and ANNUAL REGISTER for 1876.  Containing a Classified List of All the Business and Professional Men, Officers, Societies, Schools, Churches, etc., in All the Cities and Towns of Colorado, together with Post Office, Express and Telegraph, Railroad and Stage Offices.  Denver, Colorado.  J. A. Blake, Publisher.  COLORADO TERRITORY.  Published January 1876.  Original black-printed green paper on boards with original black-cloth spine; hardbound edition.  Dimensions: 5 inches by 7-3/4 inches; 250 pages, including regional advertisements.  Jno. McKittrick & Co., Lithographers, Printers and Stationers, St. Louis, Missouri.  Second Annual Volume of the COLORADO BUSINESS DIRECTORY.  Index of towns in the Colorado Territory.  Index of advertisements.  Historical text.  Territorial government.  County officers.  Industrial associations.  Secret societies and educational.  Gazetteer of Towns.  Good plus to very good condition: original green paper on board covers show wear and dampness-wrinkling, especially the back cover, although both are still quite presentable; black cloth spine is strong but shows chipping at both head and toe.  Interior pages are very good; however, from Page 199 until end evidence of chewing visible on lower right-hand corners.  Still, no information lost.

            OCLC: 2 original hard copies listed; other listings are electronic or internet accessible.  No Wynar number; however, Denver Public Library does have an original hardbound copy.

Price: $3,750.00

 

COLORADO STATE BUSINESS DIRECTORY, 1879

3)      Blake, J. A., Publishers.  COLORADO STATE BUSINESS DIRECTORY, with Colorado Mining Directory and Colorado Live Stock Directory Departments.  1879.  Containing a Classified List of all the Business and Professional Men, Officers, Societies, Schools, Churches, etc.  Lists of Mining Companies, Mills, Smelting and Other Works, Cattle and Wool Growers, Shippers, etc., and a Complete Directory of all the Cities, Towns, and Mining Camps of Colorado, Together with Postoffices, Express, Telegraph, Railroad Offices, etc.  FIFTH ANNUAL VOLUME.  Denver, Colorado: J. A. Blake, Publishers, 1879.  Dimensions: 5-1/2 inches by 7-3/4 inches.  Original printed green paper over boards; black cloth binding.  296 pages, including advertisements.  Very good to very good plus condition: some light chipping to corners; several splits at hinges in black-cloth spine; internal pages clean, bright, fresh.

            Wynar #5450.  E-copies listed on OCLC.

Price: $2,200.00

 

 

GILPIN COUNTY DIRECTORY, 1897

4)      Colorado Directory Company, Publisher.  GILPIN COUNTY DIRECTORY, 1897 (Colorado).  Including Central City, Black Hawk, Nevadaville, Russell Gulch, Apex, and Perigo.  Original black-printed tan paper on boards with squared, burgundy leather spine.  Dimensions: 6-1/8 inches by 9-1/2 inches; 110 pages, including advertisements.  Very good to very good plus condition: covers are in very good plus to near fine condition with little damage or soiling; leather spine has been chipped at head and toe, and also stabilized; interior pages are bright, clean and fresh.  This directory was published during another rebirth of the gold mining industry in Gilpin County, Colorado.

            Colorado’s economy was devastated by the 1893 demonetization of silver.  Interest in gold mining took first position, especially after the discovery of the Cripple Creek deposits.  The influx of interest in Colorado’s new mining district inspired new gold mining technology and investment throughout the state.  This 1897 directory is representative of the 1890s rebirth of Colorado gold mining.

            Wynar 991.  Two OCLC listings.

 
 

THE COLORADO BRAND BOOK, 1906

 

5)      Cowie, James.  THE COLORADO BRAND BOOK.  The Revised Colorado Brand Book, containing all stock brands filed in the office of the Secretary of State from April 6, 1899 to April 30, 1906.  Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year of 1906, by James Cowie, Secretary of State for the United States of America.  Original black-printed brow-cloth covers and spine.  Dimensions: 4-1/2 inches by 7-3/4 inches; 510 pages, plus 115-page index.  Reproduced from typewritten and hand-written copy by the Columbia Planograph Co., Evening Star-Annex, Washington D.C.  Covers in near fine condition.  Internal pages in fine condition: bright, clean, fresh.  No writing on interior pages by previous owners.  Tight spine.

            This volume is not listed in Wynar; however, 1 is listed in the Denver Public Library on OCLC.  Two others are also listed on OCLC; however, these libraries do not have an original copy, rather an e-copy (online source).

 

MINING RECORD HANDBOOK, 1905 – 1908

 

6)      Daily Mining Record.  HANDBOOK FOR MINING INVESTORS.  Denver, Colorado: The Reinhart Publishing Company, 1905 – 1908 (series).  Published Quarterly by The Daily Mining Record, Denver, Colorado.  Quarterly issued published 1905 – 1908 bound into one very thick volume.  Quarterly issues for: October 1905 (200 pages), January 1906 (168 pages), April 1906 (166 pages), July 1906 (247 pages), October 1906 (175 pages), January 1907 (180 pages), April 1907 (174 pages), July 1907 (188 pages), October 1907 (201 pages), January 1908 (202 pages), April 1908 (213 pages), and October 1908 (278 pages with index).  Total of 2,392 page in faux-leather burgundy binding with gold print; marbled paper on boards for covers.  All issues have front wraps; however, back wraps are not present.  Binding is very strong; covers are clean and bright.  Internal pages are clean and bright; however, paper thin, yet useable for research.  Overall condition: very good plus.

            Each quarterly issue covers developments at mining properties throughout the American West, including Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, etc.  These reports were considered significant developments for the specific mining companies at the time.  Significant to investors and those interested in developing mining properties.  “Containing reports prepared by the Information Department of The Daily Mining Record during the three months preceding the date of {each} issue, and also its list of insipid mining and oil stocks which are not entitled to public confidence.”

            This volume is NOT the Daily Mining Record newspaper; rather, issues are similar to an enlarged mining stock broker handbook.  No specific Wynar listings; however, there is one listing for hardcopy editions of the Daily Mining Record newspaper and many for online resources.

Price: $4,500.00

 
 

 

MINING DIRECTORY OF SAN MIGUEL, OURAY, SAN JUAN and LA PLATA COUNTIES (Colorado), 1899

 

7)      Hart, H. Charles, manager.  MINING DIRECTORY OF SAN MIGUEL, OURAY, SAN JUAN and LA PLATA COUNTIES (Colorado).  Principal Towns and Mining Camps are Telluride, San Miguel, Vance Junction, Pandora, Ouray, Ridgway, Silverton, Durango, Saw Pit, Hesperus, La Plata, Animas City, Red Mountain, Ironton, Eureka, Gladstone, Needleton, Mancos, Wilson Mountain and Ophir.  January 1899.  County Directory Company, Publishers, Denver, Colorado.  Original illustrated and printed paper on boards; gold-imprinted burgundy leather spine.  Dimensions: 6-1/2 inches by 9-1/4 inches; 170 pages.  Hardbound.  Index to advertisers.  Very good plus condition: covers show scuffing, corners and edges exhibit wear; gold-imprinting strong and bright, with chipping to head and toe of spine and cracking beginning in gutter; binding tight; interior pages bright and clean.

            Contents:  San Miguel County, Description, Mines, Mills; San Miguel; Saw Pit; Telluride, County Seat; What Telluride Has; Telluride Officials; Telluride Societies; Wilson; San Juan County, New Mexico; La Plata County, Description, Mines, Mills; Duango, County Seat; What Durango Has; Durango Officials; Durango Lodges; Animas City; Hesperus; La Plata; Ouray County, Description, Mines, Mills; Ouray, County Seat; What Ouray Has; San Juan County, Colorado, Description, Mines, Mills; What Silverton Has; City Officials; Lodges; Silverton; Hints to Prospectors; Ores and Minerals of Colorado; Composition of Minerals; Mining Laws; Sundry Tables, etc. 

       Wynar #3768.   One original copy held at the Denver Public Library.  All other listings in OCLC are online resources.  This appears to be the only edition of this publication.

[Item numbers 5, 6 and 8 together offer an almost unparalleled San Juan Mountains, Colorado research trove.]

 

 

DURANGO – SILVERTON CITY DIRECTORY, 1903 (Colorado).  (La Plata and San Juan counties, Colorado)

 

8)      Kelley, John C.; Killam, G. A.  DURANGO – SILVERTON CITY DIRECTORY, 1903 (Colorado).  (La Plata and San Juan counties, Colorado)  Published by the Durango-Silverton Directory Publishing Company.  Durango Herald Print: December, 1902.  Original printed tan-cloth covers and spine; printed spine.  Dimensions: 6-1/2 inches by 9-1/4 inches; 180 pages, including advertisements.  Volume condition: very good plus to near fine; boards and spine bright and clean, except for several small water spots on front cover; interior pages are bright, clean, fresh; solid spine interior and out; pencil markings here and there in margins.  Porter Fuel Company listed – one of the early mining companies that helped form and develop Durango.  Gustavus H. Stoiber listed in Silverton with residence at 767 Reese Street.  Stoiber owned a sampling works, the Bank of Silverton, and the Iowa Gold Mining and Milling Company in the Silver Lake region above Silverton.  Excellent and scarce research resource for southwestern Colorado.

             Not listed in Wynar.  In fact, there are no listings for this directory; none in the Denver Public Library, Center for Southwestern Studies (Ft. Lewis College); none in OCLC.  Exceedingly scarce

 

[Item numbers 5, 6 and 8 together offer an almost unparalleled San Juan Mountains, Colorado research trove.]

 

 

THE COLORADO BLUE BOOK FOR 1891

 

9)      Kroenke, F. W.  THE COLORADO BLUE BOOK FOR 1891.  Published by the Aurora of the Western World Publishing Co.: Denver, Colorado, 1891.  Original black-printed blue wrappers.  Dimensions: 6 inches by 9-1/4 inches; 160 pages with index.  “The Colorado Blue Book for 1891 is the first publication of the kind in our Centennial State … Blue Books are issued, biannually, in most states of the Union, and are eagerly read by people who desire accurate information about the States, concerned ….”  Illustrated with engravings of businessmen, politicians, business buildings, mines, and towns.  Articles on specific Coloradoans, Colorado businesses and Colorado assets.

            Very good plus to near fine condition: square-bound paper spine conservation reinforced; front cover as light, thin age-stain horizontally across middle from one edge to the other and a light ½ inch damp-stain on top edge, otherwise covers are clean and bright; internal pages are clean, bright and fresh.

            Wynar 136.  Gilpin’s Cosmopolitan Railroad Map of Behring Strait on Page 59.  Six OCLC listings.

Price: $500.00

 

 

 FIRST ANNUAL DIRECTORY OF CUSTER COUNTY, COLORADO, Including the Towns of Silver Cliff, Rosita, Querida, Dora, Ula, Silver Park, and Galena, 1880

 

10)   McFadden, W. E., editor; Montgomery, W. S., manager.  FIRST ANNUAL DIRECTORY OF CUSTER COUNTY, COLORADO, Including the Towns of Silver Cliff, Rosita, Querida, Dora, Ula, Silver Park, and Galena.  1880.  Original printed boards; tan cloth spine.  Dimensions: 4-5/8 inches by 7 inches; 96 pages.  Published by The Prospect News and Job Printing Company.  W. S. Montgomery, manager.  Editor at the Office of the Custer County Directory: W. E. McFadden, December 1880.  Original printed gray paper on boards; brown-cloth spine.  This is a true scarcity published on the Hardscrabble Mining District of Colorado.  Local advertisements displayed throughout.  Directory lists significant names, such as E. C. Bassick (Page 62) Bassick Mine, John Phillips (Page 82) Elk Mountain Pilot, Carl Wulsten (Page 91) mining engineer, and many others.  Custer County is located in the lower south-central part of Colorado, between Pueblo and Durango.  Some silver fortunes were made in this mining district; however, the most productive discover was gold and that was made by Edmund Bassick.  Others, such as Richard Irwin and John Phillips prospected near Rosita, and then moved on to the Gunnison Country of Colorado.

No Wynar listing.  There is an original hardcopy in the Western History Collection of the Denver Public Library; however, there appears to be no others.  The one listing in OCLC, at Kansas State, does not appear to be in that institution.  But there is an original edition here, at Colorado Artifactual.  This appears to be the only edition of this early Colorado publication.

 

 

F. A. McKINNEY’S SAN JUAN BASIN DIRECTORY, 1915. 

 

11)   McKinney, F. A., Publisher.  F. A. McKINNEY’S SAN JUAN BASIN DIRECTORY, 1915.  Including Complete City Directories of Durango and Silverton and all the Towns and Post offices in La Plata County, Montezuma County, San Juan County, Colorado and San Juan County, New Mexico, including the names of the ranchers who get their mail at these post offices.  The City Directories of Durango and Silverton include Complete Alphabetical Lists of Business Firms and Private Citizens; Miscellaneous Directory of City and County Officials; Churches, Public Schools, Secret Societies, Street and Avenue Guide, Etc., Etc.  Also Complete Classified Business Directory of the Four Counties.  General Office: 12 East First Street, La Junta, Colorado; 1833 Champa Street, Denver, Colo.; and, 225 Fifth Avenue, New York City.  Copyright, 1914.

            Original black-and-red printed grey cloth covers and binding.  Dimensions: 6-1/2 inches by 9-1/4 inches; 253 pages, including General Index and Index to Advertisements.  Condition of volume: generally, very good to very good plus; however, back cover has suffered some damp-staining which has impacted the internal board; gutters reinforced; internal pages general clean and bright, yet there is some noticeable “waviness” to 15 or so of the back pages.

            Wynar #566 (?), listed as 1911-1912; however, no specific Wynar listing for 1915.  No OCLC listings.  The Denver Public Library’s Western Genealogy Department Catalog does NOT have this volume listed.

[Item numbers 5, 6 and 8 together offer an almost unparalleled San Juan Mountains, Colorado research trove.]

 

 

COLORADO ILLUSTRATED BUSINESS DIRECTORY, Third Year, 1889

 

12)   Tyson & Brady, editors.  COLORADO ILLUSTRATED BUSINESS DIRECTORY, Third Year, 1889.  Denver: American Directory Company, January, 1889.  Original gold-imprinted brown-cloth covers and spine.  Dimensions: 6-1/2 inches by 9-1/2 inches; 368 pages.  General Index, plus Index to Advertisers.  Plus, inserted advertisements.  Engraved illustrations include Colorado businessmen, business buildings, mines and bird’s-eye-views of Colorado towns.  A different type of Colorado promotional, almost a hybrid between Crofutt’s Gripsack Guide and the typical state business directory; except, this volume covers all of Colorado and not just the towns along the line of a single railroad. 

            Condition: brown-cloth covers are general bright and clean, however the corners are rubbed, as well as the toe and head of spine; back cover has suffered serious discoloration due to water damage; internal pages are generally clean and bright, yet there is some light staining on the last 6 pages, diminishing as one proceeds from back cover and into contents.  Spine is strong and tight.

            No Wynar number.  Two actual OCLC listings; the rest are internet access or e-copies.

Price: $3,500.00

 

HISTORY OF THE CITY OF DENVER,

From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, by J. E. Wharton.  Denver, Colorado: Byers & Dailey, Printers, News Office.

1866

(Original first edition)

 
 

13)   Wharton, Junius E.; Wilhelm, David O.  HISTORY OF THE CITY OF DENVER, From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, by J. E. Wharton.  To Which Is Added a Full and Complete Business Directory of the City, by D. O. Wilhelm.  Denver, Colorado: Byers & Dailey, Printers, News Office.  1866.  COLORADO TERRITORY.  Original printed green paper on boards; spine re-cased in modern burgundy cloth.  Dimensions: 4-5/8 inches by 7-3/4 inches; 184 pages.  History and inhabitants directory with numerous local advertisements.  Missing one front and back end-paper.  [NOTE: this is the original 1866 Denver City directory, not the 1909 reprint.]  Condition: original covers scuffed and soiled, however, all printing legible; interior pages generally clean and bright, printed on heavy-bond paper, however, there are pencil markings here and there, correcting or amending listings.  Spine is strong and tight.

            Wynar 884.  Several original 1866 copies listed on OCLC; numerous microform or 1909 listings.

Price: $4,500.00

 

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