Seven Early Twentieth Century Books on the Southwest and West


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  • Subject: Southwest
  • Item # C2750o
  • Date Published: 1916-1922
  • Size: 7 volumes
  • Price: $625.00

The Page Company, Boston, Massachusetts book publishers issued a series of books on American travel in the early 1900s to promote “See America First.”  World War I in Europe was a good excuse to promote American travel.  The railroad companies were strong supporters of travel.

“See America First” was a commercial venture but with a national interest.  Many affluent Americans had spent considerable money traveling Europe so it was prudent for rail companies to keep them spending, but keep the funds at home.  The projected destinations were in the undeveloped West.  The idea was to excite travelers to leave the security of the East and South and see the wild and wonderful West.

The Page Company of Boston published a number of beautiful hardcover books with beautiful highly decorated leather covers, books with 400 to 500 pages written by knowledgeable writers.

The following books which we are offering for sale, are among those published:

New Mexico, The Land of the Delight Makers by George Wharton James.  First edition, 1920. Third printing July 1929. Hardback, 469 pages, 48 illustrations, map.  Very good condition.

California, Romantic & Beautiful by George Wharton James.  First edition 1914. Sixth printing, August 1921.  Hardback, 432 pages, 69 illustrations, map.  Very good condition.

Utah, The Land of Blossoming Valleys by George Wharton James. First edition 1922. First Impression April 1922.  Hardback, 371 pages, 56 illustrations, map. Very good condition.

Texas, The Marvelous: The State of the Six Flags by Nevin O. Winter. First edition 1916. First printing June 1916.  Hardback, 343 pages, 52 illustrations, map.  Very good condition.

Arizona, The Wonderland by George Wharton James. First edition 1917. Second printing March 1918.  Hardback, 478 pages, 53 illustrations, map.  Very good condition.

Colorado, the Queen Jewel of the Rockies by Mae Lacy Baggs.  First edition, 1918, first printing January 1918.  Hardback, 380 pages, 53 illustrations, map.  Very good condition.

Alaska, Our Beautiful Northland of Opportunity by Agnes Rush Burr. First edition 1919, second printing January 1920.  Hardback, 428 pages, 54 illustrations, map.  Very good condition.

  • Subject: Southwest
  • Item # C2750o
  • Date Published: 1916-1922
  • Size: 7 volumes
  • Price: $625.00

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