This is a rare find for the collector - the Official Program of the Fourth Annual Festival Of Mountain And Plain that took place in Denver, Colorado in 1898. It is a softcover stapled booklet with 48 pages and with the exception of the first three pages and one in the middle that discusses the night parade of the Slaves of the Silver Serpent, has exceptional full color plates on each page with captions. It has a fabulous die cut cover in very Art Nouveau form.
The list of illustrations are:
America The Cliff Dwellers, The Court of Montezuma, The Santa Maria, Landing of Columbus, Landing of Cortez, The Louisiana Purchase, Raising the Flag at New Orleans, The Olympia, Wreck of the Merrimack, The Gloucester, The Puritan, The Brooklyn, Toral and Shafter Discussing Surrender, The Surrender at Santiago, The Gem of the Ocean, The Oregon, Peace, Prosperity, Colorado, Gold, Hawaii, uba Entering the Circle of American Republics, Ceres, The Grand Stand, Title Car, Russia, Egypt, England, Persia, Mexico, Italy, Scotland, Japan, Ireland, India, France, Norway and Sweden, Africa, Holland, Greece, Siam, Arabia, Germany
The Festival of Mountain and Plain was an annual celebration of pioneer days in the Old West held in early October in Denver from 1895 to 1899, and in 1901 with a final attempt at revival in 1912. Organized by The Mountain and Plain Festival Association, the event featured a parade and rodeo. It continued until at least 1902. It was a regional celebration and drew pioneers from throughout the West, many of whom had participated in the events celebrated.
William Byers, founder of the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado's first newspaper, was one of its promoters and directors. He originated many of its features: the bal champedre (outdoor ball), a great public masquerade ball held on Broadway; and the four great parades: first, a pageant of western history; second, a masked parade; and, on the third day "a military and social parade, ending with a sham battle at City Park, and in the evening the parade of the slaves of the silver serpent.
Overall condition is good, with a little cover wear and spine wear, but the booklet is strong and intact, with minor edge wear and an extremely ornate cover that really catches the eye. There is some foxing throughout - most is light. There is a light water stain on the first 12 pages near the bottom, which gets lighter with each page, almost until you can't see it, but we like to note condition throughly. The pages are free of tears and there is no writing on them. Overall, this is a beautiful old program from an event that only took place for a short time, so these are very difficult to find. Please see the photos and don't hesitate to contact us with questions.
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