Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sidford Hamp Series

This two volume series is another set that clearly shows the difference between kids in the early 1900's and now. I suspect that books about sheepman (wool growers) and ranching in the mountains of Colorado would not be big sellers (or even small sellers) today,

These books written by Sidford Hamp and published by W. A. Wilde were sturdily bound books typical of the publisher. Glossy illustrations by Emerson Chase are included.

The author wrote from experience. Hamp (1855-1919)was born in Liverpool, England. He emigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen and in 1872 traveled with the Hayden Geological Survey into the West. His experiences with western adventures were included in letters home as well as in a diary he kept. The diary cleared up mysteries about the first climbers of the Grand Tetons.

He later settled in Colorado Springs where he wrote a number of books. plays, short stories and operatic librettos. Other books also related to exploration and the West. The Treasure Of Mushroom Rock was about prospecting in the Rocky Mountains.

His papers are at the University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center

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