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PRINTED MINING CLAIM RECEIPT, COMPLETED IN MANUSCRIPT AND RECORDED IN THE MADISON COUNTY RECORDER'S OFFICE].

Montana Mining]:

Published by [Virginia City, Mt.]: Montana Post Print, []., 1864
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7 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches. Slight wear. Very good. A very early piece of Montana printing, and a record of mining in the region. 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 POST and the present mining receipts. This same press produced the first printed book in Montana, the mining LAWS OF FAIRWEATHER DISTRICT, in 1864. The printed receipt here is signed in manuscript by Robert Hill, Recorder of Madison County, and dated in early 1865. On the verso is a manuscript note from the claimant, Francis R. Bill, transferring the claim to another party on March 2, 1865. An engraved image of an Indian is in the left margin, and "Territory of Montana" is printed in large, elaborate type across the top. McMURTRIE (MONTANA), p.10. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 31276

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Title: PRINTED MINING CLAIM RECEIPT, COMPLETED IN ...

Publisher: [Virginia City, Mt.]: Montana Post Print, [].

Publication Date: 1864

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