Cache La Poudre in Fringed Smoked Buckskin
144. MYRICK, Herbert. Cache la Poudre: The Romance of a Tenderfoot in the Days of Custer. New York & Chicago: Orange Judd Company; London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1905. 202 pp., numerous text illustrations (some full page and/or colored, many tipped in) from paintings by Schreyvogel, Deming, and Fangel and photographs. 4to, original fringed smoked buckskin with illustration and lettered in brown, colored pictorial endpapers. Light outer wear and title and limitation leaf at front browned (due to offsetting from tipped-in frontispiece), otherwise fine, partially unopened.
First edition, limited edition (stated as 500 copies, but the present copy is numbered #533). Adams, Herd 1596: “Rare.” Dustin 476. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Deming 77), (Schreyvogel 84). Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 50 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #36): “Now scarce and expensive.” Howes M935. McCracken, 101, p. 39: “The narrative is historical fiction but the author includes an addendum on the history of the Poudre valley. Cache la Poudre has one of the more unusual bindings in the collection.” Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 22. Rosenstock 1164.
A unique production—handsomely illustrated fiction with documentary photographs of cowboy life and actual characters of the old West—in a very unusual binding. “Fiction and fact to portray real life and action during the formative period of one of the most interesting sections of the West. The universal language of brush, pencil and camera to illustrate, rather than many words to describe, those exciting times. Supplementary portraits of persons, and paragraphs of incidents, to throw sidelights upon the feelings, motives and deeds of the men and women of that creative era. In a word, the drama of life in the new West!” (Author’s foreword).
The heroine is a strong-willed ranchwoman who saves her tenderfoot sweetheart from a mob of lynchers. She eventually marries him, and they settle on her ranch. The setting ranges from New York City to Colorado and the Battle of Little Big Horn. ($250-500)
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