GOLD PROSPECTING IN THE BLACK HILLS

hw-mh-prospectors-front-page.jpghw-prospectors-indian-toilet052.jpg“STRUCK IT RICH.” SUPERB SKETCH OF TWO PROSPECTORS
EXAMINING A LIKELY PIECE OF GOLD ORE

Harper’s Weekly, New York
August 12, 1876

This super issue of the┬ápopular illustrated newspaper contains a full front page sketch (see scan) of two intrepid men with their backpacks and digging equipment examining a recent find. An accompanying article begins, “STRUCK IT RICH.” The prospector forms a characteristic feature of life in the mining regions of the far West. He is the real pioneer in the wilderness, the first element in the civilization of the West.” I think you’ll find the report utterly fascinating, as I did.

“AN INDIAN TOILET.” There is also a huge, full page illustration of an Indian Chief having his hair braided in his tepee by his squaw with his ceremonial clothes and artifacts around him. It’s simply mesmerizing and can be framed by itself. Other sketches include two large Thomas Nast political cartoons (highly prized in their own right), and a sketch of the yacht, “Mohawk,” which apparently sank off New York harbor. There are more antique prints and stories in this amazing original issue, but I’ll let you discover these for yourself.

20 pages, complete and in excellent condition. One of my favorite issues of Harper’s Weekly.

$185