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Rare Mining Book: Whitney, Joel Parker; Colorado, in the United States of America : schedule of ores contributed by sundry persons to the Paris Universal Exposition of 1867.... London,1867.

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Rare Mining Book: Whitney, Joel Parker; Colorado, in the United States of America : schedule of ores contributed by sundry persons to the Paris Universal Exposition of 1867.... London,1867.

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Whitney, Joel Parker; Colorado, in the United States of America : schedule of ores contributed by sundry persons to the Paris Universal Exposition of 1867 : with some information about the region and its resources, by J.P. Whitney. London : Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, 1867.

 Quarto, pp. gray title cover in black and red, two folded colored maps, title page, 61.

The work is complete and in a half calf binding with marbled boards, marbled end sheets and text block edge and gilt titles. The boards are scuffed titles, gilt titles scuffed. The hinges have been re-enforced, text lightly toned at margins. Diamond shaped book plate on inside cover. In very good condition.

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J. P. Whitney (1835-1913) was a self made millionaire and played a major role in the development of Colorado, New Mexico and California. His early years were devoted to the development of the western railroads, the silver mining regions of Colorado and ranches, mines and railroads in New Mexico which were part of his New Mexico Land & Cattle Company. While many identify Whitney as a major player in California’s gold mines, he left his hunt for the gold early and prospered as a merchant, often importing mining equipment from the East Coast to San Francisco for sale to Northern California miners. In the 1860’s and throughout the last part of the 19th century he made his financial fortune dealing in Colorado gold and silver mines, California real estate and New Mexico ranches.  

Whitney invested heavily in Colorado gold and silver mining and in so doing became quite wealthy and well known in Colorado. Whitney became involved in the 1867 World Exhibition in Paris purely by chance. Mine owners wanted a display of Colorado ore samples at the exhibition feeling it would generate more investors. Three commissioners were appointed by the Territorial Legislature but no funds were appropriated by the government and the public did not have the means to provide funds to ship the ore specimens and and to put up the exhibit. Whitney shipped his own ore collection and got himself appointed as the sole commissioner to represent Colorado. Not only was he the sole commissioner for Colorado but displayed his own ore specimens thus generating interest in mining properties he had invested in. Whitney designed and placed the display in a prominent location with the intention of inducing interest in Colorado's mining industry. His display had the desired effect and won the first Gold Medal for the exposition. 
Whitney paid for the printing of 5,000 copies of his booklet entitled Colorado, Schedule Of Ores in each of the languages: English, French and German, and these were distributed mainly to influential or wealthy people in government and business.

A select few copies of his work apparently have a plate showing the ore display. All of the copies we found listed in OCLC or World Catalogue list only the two folded maps. 

The first 24 pages of the work are a systematic schedule of the displayed ore specimens describing the ore, the mine it is from and the assay. The remaining part of the book is a description of Colorado, its geology and mineral deposits.

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