Chicago: J.M.B. Jones Stationery and Printing Co., 1883. 32pp., plus ten engraved plates and a large folding map. In German. Original pictorial wrappers printed in orange, black, and white. Contemporary tissue guard dust jacket. Minor dust-soiling to wrappers, moderate edge wear. Occasional very minor foxing, minor tearing to margin of map near mounting area. Ink stamp on front wrapper and title page from C.A. Voigt of Leipzig, an agent of Norddeutschen Lloyd, a German shipping company. Very good. Item #3059
A rare promotional pamphlet encouraging German immigration to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, sponsored by the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company. The work was printed in Chicago per the title page, but the front wrapper indicates publication in New York, both dated 1883. The text of the work relates some of the history of the region, and touts the advantages of the water, climate, soil, timber, fisheries, and ranching, along with information on available real estate, land laws, taxation, routes and prices to get to the region, and advice for immigrants. In addition to the promotional text, the work includes ten engraved plates touting the advantages of the Pacific Northwest, including views of the Northern Pacific building in Portland, Puget Sound, Astoria, school buildings in Portland, street scenes in Portland and Seattle, Spokane Falls, buildings in Walla Walla, and more.
The folding map tipped in at rear measures 27.75 x 19 inches. It is titled "Map of Oregon and Washington Territory, Issued by the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, 1883." The color-printed map, produced by Rand, McNally & Company, traces the routes of the two companies who produced the present work - the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, and also shows steamship lines from northern Washington to San Francisco.
A slightly different version of this pamphlet was produced a year earlier, with OCLC reporting just three copies of that edition, at Washington State, Yale, and Princeton. No copies of this 1883 edition are reported in OCLC.