Muggins the Cow Horse
16. CAMP, Charles L. Muggins the Cow Horse. [Denver: Welch-Haffner Printing Co., 1928]. 110 pp., photographic text illustrations, borders of photographic sequences on almost every page. 8vo, original stiff rose wrappers with printed and decorated paper label on upper cover, stapled (as issued). Very fine. This book is difficult to find, especially in fine collector’s condition like this copy.
First edition. Adams, Herd 401: “Scarce.... The story of an unusual cow horse.” McCracken, 101, p. 22: “A rare piece of Wyomingana, this book tells the tale of Muggins, a cow horse that lived and worked in Wyoming. It also gives insight into the cattle business in Wyoming in the early years of this century and into that breed of horse known as the cow pony.” The photographic borders, the techniques of which are discussed on pp. 13-14, are actually stills from films.
The legendary Muggins, who lived to the ripe old age of thirty-eight years and whose head was formerly preserved by the Wyoming State Museum, was said to be the finest cutting horse ever, able to cut out a steer from a herd without the guidance of a cowboy. Another legend about Muggins is that murderous cowboy detective Tom Horn is thought to have been the first to ride Muggins. ($150-300)
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