Title: Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of ...
Publisher: Courier Company n.y., Buffalo
Small 4to. Color pictorial wrapper (rear only present). 64pp, (8pp ads). Numerous illustrations, advertisements. Very good. Faint wear only. Tight, clean, quite nice 9th edition of this souvenir booklet, largely a well-illustrated biography of Cody. This copy sadly lacks the color pictorial front wrapper, though the rear wrapper is present and delightful: Ad for Sen Sen Gum, depicting a buffalo hunt along the top and, bizarrely enough, a couple of Rough Riders (one looking conspicuously like Teddy Roosevelt) at lower left in a gun battle with Chinese peasants at lower right. The title page that follows, though, is pictorial and attractive. The local program with which this would have been issued is present and in very good condition: "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World Official Programme," 7" X 9", 4pp, issued in Santa Barbara, California, on September 22 (printed in San Francisco by The Francis-Valentine Co.), and though no year indicated history tells us that Buffalo Bill first appeared in Santa Barbara on this date in 1902. 7,000 persons -- more than the population of this city -- stampeded the event. The program features the usual mix of advertisements with the show events, which started with the "Star-Spangled Banner" and concluded with a "Salute, by the entire company." In between were the famous "Grand Review," a "Race of Races," "U.S. Artillery Drill," "Illustrating a Prairie Emigrant Train Crossing the Plains," "Pony Express," "A Group of Mexicans," "The Battle of San Juan Hill," "A Group of Riffian Arab Horsemen" and much more, such as "Cowboy Fun," "Veterans from the Sixth U.S. Cavalry," "Attack on the Deadwood Mail-Coach by Indians," "Racing by Indian Boys on Bareback Horses," "Buffalo Hunt," "Attack on Settlers' Cabin," etc. Something to entertain and offend just about everyone, with every Wild West and racial stereotype and slur on parade. Bookseller Inventory # 40443
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