Item #323904 A Western Trip. Carl E. Schmidt.

A Western Trip.

[Detroit: [Herold Press] for private circulation only, [1904].

First edition. 12 mounted full-page color photographs (photochromes by the Detroit Publishing Company from negatives) by William Henry Jackson and 18 smaller mounted black and white photographs in text. 91 pp. 1 vols. 8vo 8-3/4 x 6-1/4 inches (22.5 x 16 cm). Publisher's brown calf, upper cover pictorially blocked in gilt with a Western design, silk endpapers. Spine worn, endpapers chipped and torn Streeter sale, lot 4123, vol. VII, p. 2864 (1969); Howes S-170; Eberstadt 133:975 "extremely difficult to come by."; Taylor, Traveling thru Wonderland pp. 40-41. Not in Bruns, Heller, Litchfield, Phillips, Wetzel. Item #323904

This lavishly produced record of a sporting trip to Yellowstone takes the form of the diary of Detroit industrialist a "tannery magnate" Carl Schmidt, and includes a section on fishing. Chapter 9, pp. 63-72, is entitled "A Fishing Trip."

The color pictures are photochrome prints after photographs by William Henry Jackson who, as the official photographer of the Hayden Survey in the 1870s, took the first photographs of Yellowstone. The photochrome process was invented in Switzerland, and the American rights were purchased by the Detroit Publishing Company around 1895. Jackson served as a director of the newly-created Photochrome Company subsidiary, and praised the photochrome process in his memoirs as a "process hardly improved today." The black and white photographs are by members of the party.
An outstanding sporting and Western rarity

A second edition was published the same year, though with the in-text illustrations as half-tone images as opposed to the original mounted photographs, as here.

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