St. Louis: Woodward & Tiernan, 1899. pp, plus large folding map. Original pictorial wrappers, embossed in gilt. Rear hinge starting, light wear to wraps. Light dampstaining at fore-edge of final two leaves. About very good. Item #226
An attractive and quite scarce promotional for farming lands in the Ozarks along the line of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad, apparently published to commemorate the gold medal awarded to Laclede County Missouri Fruit at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898. The text is a lengthy and effusive encomium to the fecundity of land in the Ozarks and the fruits produced there, including a county-by-county account of planting and production in Missouri and Arkansas, ordered as if one were passing through and taking in the view from a Frisco observation car. The whole is extensively illustrated with photographic reproductions and the final two pages contain a map showing Frisco railroad lands available in Phelps and Pulaski Counties in southwestern Missouri. The large folding map at the rear shows the reach of the St. Louis & San Francisco branches from St. Louis to Oklahoma City; Paris, Texas; and Ellsworth, Kansas. OCLC locates eight copies.