[Colorado:] The Homes of Our Favorite Poets.
High culture in the high Rockies: Colorado advertising booklet with 12 chromolithographic plates
Advertising booklet for Pueblo, Colorado dry goods merchants Wilson & Barnard. While the booklet touts the Wilson and Barnard’s new building and their store’s amenities, its appeal as a keepsake rests wholly upon its 12 chromolithographic plates depicting the homes of celebrated American and British poets.
Each plate leaf shows the author’s home, a facsimile of his autograph, and selected verses of poetry. The American poets are Emerson, Longfellow, O.W. Holmes, Hawthorne, Whittier, and W.C. Bryant. The British poets are: Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Tennyson, Byron, Shakespeare, and Thomas Moore.
The dry goods store of Wilson & Barnard was located on Santa Fe Avenue in Pueblo. There they built a new store with modern amenities. Substituting for a proper title page is a leaf of advertising copy which precedes the chromolithographic plates:
Their new building, 44 x 120 feet, is three stories high, with a basement, and is without a doubt one of the finest Dry Goods Buildings in the West. It is fitted up with every modern convenience, including steam heat, passenger elevator, etc. A well of light, 9 x 16 feet in the center, will insure an abundance of light in every part of the store. A Ladies’ Waiting Room with Lavitory [sic] and Closet connected, where all are welcome whether they come to buy goods or not, is an attractive feature of their store. (f)
The back cover shows the front elevation of the store with its plate glass display windows. On the inside back cover is a directory of the two-story mercantile establishment.
A beautiful chromolithographic literary keepsake, emblematic of the civilizing of the American West; high culture in the high Rockies.
Description: [Colorado:] The Homes of Our Favorite Poets.
[America. c.1880s].  text leaf and  leaves of chromolithographic plates. Booklet. Approx. 4¾ x 6½ inches. Embossed and gilt card stock upper cover and printed card stock lower cover; cord-tied. Printed on rectos only. Some creasing at “joint” of upper cover; very good.
Eight copies under various accession numbers in OCLC.