Lot 465 of 517:
Montana Mining Claim Receipt  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$12
Estimate:
$10 - $100

Title:
Printed Mining Claim Receipt, Completed in Manuscript and Recorded in the Madison County Recorder's Office

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Place:
Virginia City, Mt.

Publisher:
Montana Post Print

Date:
[1864]

Description:

7½ x 3¼ inches, single sheet.

A very early example of Montana printing, and a record of early mining in the region.  The present printed receipt is signed in manuscript by R.W. Hagaman, Recorder of Madison County, and dated in early 1865.  An engraved image of an Indian is in the left margin, and the type is fairly unadorned.

According to McMurtrie, the first printing press in Montana is believed to be that brought by Francis M. Thompson to Bannack in the spring of 1863.  This press was followed a year later by the arrival at Virginia City of "more consequential printing equipment."  This Virginia City press was run by Marion M. Manner, and printed the Montana PostT and the present mining receipts.  This same press produced the first printed book in Montana, the mining Laws of Fairweather District, in 1864.  


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Condition:
Small hole and staining in upper margin; very good.

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Item number:
294160a
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