150. RANKIN, M. Wilson. Reminiscences of Frontier Days Including an Authentic Account of the Thornburg and Meeker Massacre. By M. Wilson Rankin (From His Private Diary) This narrative is Respectfully Dedicated to the Pioneers of Northwestern Colorado and of the Snake River Valley in Southwestern Wyoming. Denver: Photo-Lithographed by Smith-Brooks, . , 140 pp. (from typescript), frontispiece, photograph and pen-and-ink text illustrations (the latter by J. C. Smith). 4to, original brown gilt-lettered cloth. Except for minor shelf wear, fine.
First edition. Adams, Guns 1798: “Scarce.... This privately printed book has very crude illustrations. It contains an account of the hanging of Big Nose George Parrott.” Adams, Herd 1862: “Much material on cattle and cowboys.” Eberstadt 115:1024f: “An interesting narrative containing much material nowhere else to be found, from the time of the discovery of gold and first mining at Hahn’s Peak, the earliest settlements in the Snake River Valley, the beginnings of Grand and Routt Counties, through the Meeker, Thornburg and Chivington Massacres, to the period of the pioneer settlement of North Park.” Howes R63. Streeter Sale 2260. Smith 8495. Wilcox, p. 93. Wynar 371. ($150-300)
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