- Librairie: B & L Rootenberg (Stati Uniti)
- ILAB-LILA Member
- Année de parution: 1875
- Éditeur: R. Clarke & Co., Printers
- Thèmes: ,Americana, dakota territory, custer, The West, travel & exploration, cincinnati, american imprints, 19th century
- Poids de l'envoi: 750 g
- Lieu d'édition: Cincinnati
FIRST EDITION Bound into half straight-grained morocco and patterned cloth. Notation on the flyleaf reads: "Robert Clarke's personal copy in (personal) publisher's binding." In excellent condition. First edition of this scarce and important pamphlet on the viability of the "Great American Desert." General Hazen had written a long and very unflattering letter about the "worthless" nature of the Dakota Territory, largely because of insufficient rainfall. The letter, published in the New York Tribune of February 27, 1874, concludes with a summary of how very little there was to offer from this land. He draws on his long military experience in the Dakota Territory to attack the Northern Pacific Railroad, asserting that "'the vast sum of money which was spent . . . to build a railroad across an arid desert was as if thrown into the sea." He also includes rebuttals to his critics such as John O. Sargent and General Custer, as well as other friends of the Railroad, who had published reports on the arability of the Dakota lands. Indeed, Custer specifically disputed Hazen's claims in a nine-column article in the Minneapolis Tribuen. Hazen's pronouncements about wintering cattle on the plains and other difficulties to be expected in settling the West proved to be wrong.