178. SPRING, Agnes W[right]. The Cheyenne and Black Hills Stage and Express Routes. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1949. 418 pp., text illustrations (some full page, including frontispiece), folding map. 8vo, original gilt-lettered red cloth, t.e.g. Mint condition, signed by author and in publisher’s original plain brown dust wrapper.
First edition. American Trails Series 6. Adams, Guns 2084: “One of the best books written about the Black Hills and the outlaws of that region, revealing much scholarly research by an able historian. The chapters on the road agents and other outlaws deal with Dunc Blackburn, Reddy McKemie, Joel Collins, Sam Bass, Bill Heffridge, and many others.” Clark & Brunet 237. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 131: “Sound research with ample documentation; good illustrations and an excellent bibliography; all these plus considerable background material are combined to make this one of the finest books on the Hills.” Malone, Wyomingana, pp. 53-54: “History not only of the stage line from Cheyenne to Deadwood, but also of Cheyenne, Indian wars, freighting, the special ‘treasure’ coaches for carrying gold, and the many attacks on their load.” ($100-200)
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