The great divide: travels in the upper yellowstone in the summer of 1874: DUNRAVEN, Earl of [...

The great divide: travels in the upper yellowstone in the summer of 1874

DUNRAVEN, Earl of [WYNDHAM-QUIN, Windham Thomas]

Published by Chatto and Windus, London, 1876
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With half-title, frontispiece plus 14 full-plate engravings, 2 folding maps (rip on one map and repairs on the other), dedication, and list of illustrations. Later white marble covers backed in cloth, modern endpapers; repairs to maps, otherwise a very nice copy. First edition. A celebration of the American west, written a few years after the establishment of Yellowstone as a national park in 1872. Dunraven praises the United States for their national parks, exclaiming that "privilege of viewing the marvels of nature . . . for ever be free to all nations and all people" (p. xi). In this personal account, he views the area's natural wonders and observes local culture. This includes a chapter dedicated to his interactions with the Crow (also called Apsáalooke or Absaraka) tribe and even playful meditations on the life of a squirrel. Despite his joy at returning to "civilization," this tourist relished the wilds of western America. Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (1841-1926), was an Irish politician and famed yachtsman. Joining the army after Oxford, he went on to serve as war correspondent for the Daily Telegraph during the Franco Prussian War. He was the only person present at both the crowning of the Prussian King as German emperor and the peace treaty signing during World War I (ODNB). Dunraven enjoyed visiting the United States, where he "was introduced by General Sheridan to Buffalo Bill (William Cody) and Texas Jack," hunted buffalo, and bought a ranch in Colorado. The great divide was written after his first visit to America and shows this Englishman's love of the Wild West. Bookseller Inventory # 15172

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Title: The great divide: travels in the upper ...

Publisher: Chatto and Windus, London

Publication Date: 1876


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