Sport among the Rockies. The Record of a Fishing and Hunting Trip in North-Western Montana. By the Scribe
signedfirst edition48 mounted albumen photographs on captioned card mounts. ,134pp., printed in double columns. 1 vols. Small oblong 4to (9 x 6
by [Francis, Charles Spencer]
Troy, N.Y.: Troy Daily Times Job Printing Establishment, 1889. First edition, one of only 15 copies for private distribution. 48 mounted albumen photographs on captioned card mounts. ,134pp., printed in double columns. 1 vols. Small oblong 4to (9 x 6-5/8 inches). Contemporary half brown crushed morocco and green cloth, rebacked retaining the original spine, patterned endpapers, t.e.g. Housed in a brown chemise and morocco-backed slipcase. First edition, one of only 15 copies for private distribution. 48 mounted albumen photographs on captioned card mounts. ,134pp., printed in double columns. 1 vols. Small oblong 4to (9 x 6-5/8 inches). Presentation copy of an American sporting and Western American photographically-illustrated rarity. A series of twenty-five delightful letters written by Francis, the owner of the Troy Daily Times, describing "the experience of a little party of trojans, who inspired by a common fondness for hunting and fishing, determined to journey to the great Northwest in search of game, fish, and adventure" (Preface). The author and three unnamed friends started for the Northwest in August, 1888, for a glorified hunting and fishing trip in the mountains and lakes of Montana. The narrative describes the settlements and settlers encountered, including the Indians, principally Blackfeet. The narrative was first printed serially in the Troy Daily Times and subsequently printed in this very small edition, illustrated with original photographs, for presentation. The remarkable photographs represent a vivid and important photographic record of Montana at the time. Included are photographs of towns, ranches, Indian agencies, Indians (including Cree, Blackfoot, and Piegan), portraits, landscapes, camp scenes, and other fine views. "The photographs are by the author himself and constitute an immensely important record of the Far Northwest, its towns, ranches, Indians, agencies, etc. The narrative is one of surpassing interest, describing the outfitting at Great Falls; the Baker Massacre; Trapper Bill Weaver; Piegan Indians; the Big Horn; Starvation Camp; western horses and Indian ponies; horse thieves; Blackfoot Agency; life among the Indians; cattle ranges and ranches; Great Falls, its mushroom growth, future, etc. The volume is a veritable 'book of the plains' -- a home-made production in make-up and appearance, and one of the most sought of all books relating to Montana (Eberstadt). This example a presentation copy, inscribed and signed by the author on a front blank: "Mr. John Boetcher, with the compliments of Charles S. Francis. Troy, Aug. 15, 1889." A great Montana rarity, and one of the finest of 19th-century photographically illustrated books of the West. Streeter sale 7:4110; Howes F311; Eberstadt 136:445; Litchfield 58; Litchfield sale (Sotheby's 29 Nov. 2001), lot 53; Waking Dream, 124. Provenance: John Boetcher (author's presentation inscription)
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