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The First Book on Descriptive Mineralogy of the Black Hills with An Important Map

Detailed map of the Black Hills region of western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming, between the North Fork and the South Fork of the Cheyenne River, published by Samuel Scott of Custer, South Dakota and printed by E.P. Noll & Co. of Philadelphia.

The map focuses on the topographical details of the region, showing mountains, elevations, rivers, coal mining regions, towns, roads and railroad lines. Major cities include Belle Fourche, Deadwood, Sturgis, Rapid City, Custer, Newcastle, Buffalo Gap, Hot Springs, etc.

The book title is Rocks, Minerals and of the Resources of the Golden Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.  The work has been referred to as "the first book on descriptive mineralogy of the Black Hills. Today it is highly sought after as a Black Hills mining relic" (Loomis).

In describing this work, Rumsey notes:

Forty page description of mineral resources and appendix. Very well done map, large scale, without color, and folded into dark burgundy card board covers 19 x11 with "Rocks, Minerals, And Other Resources Of The Golden Black Hills Of South Dakota And Wyoming" printed in silver.

L. Leonard Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails , 229; Thomas A. Loomis, Dakota Matrix Minerals vol.10, no.3.