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From the rarely seen 1878-79 Illustrated Edition...

Imagine: it’s the 1870’s.  You’re an American who can now travel across the country on the new railroad. Horace Greeley says “Go West, young man."
 But how do you know where to go? Crofutt's New Overland Tourist, of course! This fully illustrated guidebook -- complete with maps, vintage advertisements, and much more -- provided an unequaled look at America's majestic West and the train to get there. These guides were well used, making pristine original editions rare, and expensive.

Bound in blue, smooth-grain leather, this Easton Press Edition bears an intricate cover design reminiscent of the Golden Age of commercial bookbinding. Vintage foldout engravings and more are preserved on archival-quality, acid-neutral paper that is Smyth-sewn into the binding. The spines feature an ornate, multi-compartment design in 22kt gold with raised hubs. A matching, velvet-lined slipcase, gilded page ends, marbled endpapers and a satin ribbon marker complete the look. 

Printed and bound in the USA.  5 1/4" x 7 1/2", 290pp
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This 1878-79 edition "describes more than three times the extent of country of any book heretofore published, and is profusely illustrated by nearly 100 beautiful engravings..."  

Its introduction reads, "We have taken the traveler with us -- in a chatty way -- on the longest trip ever attempted by any author in any guide book in the world."  This trip included 5,493 miles by rail, 792 miles by steamer, over 1,000 miles by stage coach. The travelers were at 9,339 feet above and 266 feet below sea level.  Crofutt's is the original guidebook that many would try to imitate for years to come.

The vintage guidebook to America's West published for the early travelers of the Transcontinental Railroad…

The completion of the transcontinental “Pacific” railroad greatly opened up America's vast Western territories. But travel into the largely unsettled frontier remained extremely difficult, and for the growing numbers of eager but anxious settlers, businessmen, immigrants, and tourists wishing to make the trip West, a reliable railway and travel guide was indispensable.

The ultimate 'bible' for the Western traveler (and would-be traveler) was the encyclopedic and richly illustrated, Crofutt's New Overland Tourist and Pacific Coast Guide. One of the most famous railroad travel guides ever, Crofutt's is today prized as an evocative record of America's fascination with the West and the railroad.

A fascinating document of American and railroad history.

Crofutt's provided the complex but essential logistical information needed by every traveler into and across the West, including time tables, station and agent lists, and policy guidelines for the Union Pacific and Central & Southern Pacific Railroads, their many branches and connections, and for crucial stagecoach, river and ship lines.

But Crofutt's was much more than time-tables – it was a comprehensive portrait of the West. With descriptions of over 1,200 cities, towns, way stations, U.S. Army forts and outposts, mining camps, lakes, mountains, rivers, and hot springs, the volume was a treasure of crucial advice on where to find accommodation and provisions, what sites to see, economic opportunities, where to hunt and fish, and much more.

And Crofutt's was not only comprehensive and accurate, it was richly illustrated with maps, including a large folding map, and scores of detailed wood that brought the West to life.

Featuring the original text, illustrations, layout and graphic design, and even full pages of period advertisements, the Easton Press Collector Edition CROFUTT'S NEW OVERLAND TOURIST is an exceptional artifact and portrait of the American West.

The great frontier guide recreated as a leather-bound Collector Edition.

Because the Crofutt's guides were used, and used heavily, pristine original editions are rare – and very expensive. CROFUTT'S NEW OVERLAND TOURIST recreates the classic railway travel guide as a magnificent Easton Press Collector Edition.

The binding is premium leather and features accents of 22kt gold and raised “hubs" to strengthen the book's spine. Handsome faux marbled endpapers, gilded page-ends, and heavy duty binding boards further enhance the volume's beauty and strength.

The vintage text and illustrations are reproduced on beautiful acid-neutral archival-quality paper that will not turn brittle and crumble with age. The pages are not merely glued into the binding (as is common with today’s ordinary books) but Smyth-sewn with sturdy, pliable thread.

And each Collector Edition volume comes in a custom-crafted gold-stamped slipcase in which to store and display this beautiful historic re-creation.

The Collector Edition of CROFUTT'S NEW OVERLAND TOURIST will make an unforgettable one-of-a-kind gift for anyone interested in travel, railroads, and the settlement of the American West.

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