[Denver. 1894]. 139pp., including illustrations and a map, preceded by a single page with information for ordering copies of the book and seven blank leaves. Contemporary wrappers comprised of coated white printer's waste paper (see below). Rear wrapper soiled and neatly repaired. Final few leaves with some minor marginal staining and a few short repaired tears. Very good. Untrimmed and largely unopened. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. An attractive, tall copy of this landmark work on cattle raising and vigilante justice in late nineteenth century Wyoming. "One of the most famous range books" - Reese. Asa Shinn Mercer came to Wyoming from Seattle, where he had been president of the University of Washington. He was hired by powerful cattlemen to edit the NORTHWESTERN LIVESTOCK JOURNAL, the official organ of the Wyoming Stock Growers' Association. The members of the WSGA were growing increasingly angry at the actions of small stock growers, who were violating laws regarding grazing and mavericks, and eventually brought in hired guns to confront the smaller stockmen. Mercer grew to take the side of the independent interests, and published this scathing expose of the Wyoming Stock Growers' Association and its actions in the Johnson County War of 1892. Mercer's print shop was burned and he was ordered to leave the state, and it is believed that many copies were destroyed by members of the Stock Growers' Association and their sympathizers. Ramon Adams, a stickler for accuracy in historical works on the cattle trade and western outlaws, did his part to add to the mythology of Mercer's book, writing (in THE RAMPAGING HERD) that "this book has a tempestuous history. Although purporting to have been copyrighted in 1894, this book was never published, but printed. Immediately after it made its appearance in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the entire issue was impounded by a local court in the course of a libel suit and ordered to be destroyed. While the edition was in custody of the court, a number of copies were stolen and smuggled to Denver, which city lay outside the court's jurisdiction. It is claimed that the books were unbound at the time and later bound in Denver." Reese doubts that so many copies were destroyed, and believes (based on the assertion of Mercer's children) that the book was printed in Denver, not Cheyenne. With regard to the binding of the book, Reese writes that "there are two binding states, black pebbled cloth and glossy white wrappers. [Fred] Rosenstock believes the latter to be the first state, but I do not think any priority of issue can be established. Indeed, copies have been seen with the glossy wrappers bound inside the black pebbled cloth, and given the nature of the book, it is probable all were done simultaneously." This copy is bound in contemporary coated white printer's waste paper from a copy of THE BOOK OF THE CAMPAIGN OF EDUCATION, printed in Denver in 1894. A handsome copy of an important book in the history of western cattle-raising and the open range, frontier justice, and the struggle of small ranchers against moneyed interests. ADAMS, HERD 1474, "exceedingly rare." ADAMS, SIX-GUNS 1478. SIX SCORE 79. HOWES M522, "b." GRAFF 2750. STREETER SALE 2385. DOBIE, p. 111. SMITH, PACIFIC NORTHWEST AMERICANA 6735. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: THE BANDITTI OF THE PLAINS OR THE ...
Binding: Original wraps
Book Condition: Very good
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, 1954. Paperback. Eighteen pages show UNDERLINING AND MARGIN LINES IN INK Else, Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of moderate use: slight spine lean; light wear to extremities; the price has been neatly blocked out at the upper corner of the front panel; mild rubbing and faint soiling to wrapper covers; numerous pages have been dog-eared in the text. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A sturdy reading copy only. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.5 x 4.75 x 0.75 inches). l, 198 pages. Foreward by William H. Kittrell. Illustrated with Twelve Duotone Portrait Drawings, Maps, and Prints. Language: English. Weight: 10.4 ounces. The Western Frontier Library Series. First Edition Thus (1954); Seventh Printing (1975). University Press Paperback. First Edition Thus (1954); Seventh Printing (1975). Seller Inventory # 50796
Book Description Univ. Of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1968. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-. The Western Frontier Library. 197pp. 6th printing. Illustrated. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 067089
Book Description Univ. Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1959. Later printing. l, 197 pp. Illus. with b/w drawings. Part of The Western Frontier Library series. First published in 1894. Basic work on the Johnson County war. A very good+ copy with offsetting on end-papers, light foxing to fore edge, in a very good dust jacket with small dampstain to lower corner of rear panel. Marbled paper covered boards, paper label on spine with gilt title and rules. Seller Inventory # 39480
Book Description Geoge Fields,, San Francisco:, 1935. Howes, USiana, m-522 Near fine. Illustrated chapter headings by Arvilla Parker. 136 pages. Beige cloth over boards with paper label on spine. Grabhorn Press Edition. This is a reprint of the 1894 1st edition. Seller Inventory # 2146