Illustrated by Charles M. Russell
182. STEEDMAN, Charles J. Bucking the Sagebrush or the Oregon Trail in the Seventies...Illustrated by Charles M. Russell. New York & London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons & The Knickerbocker Press, 1904. ix [1 blank], 270 pp., 12 plates (9 by Russell, including color frontispiece), line engravings in text by Russell, folded map: Sketch Map Showing the Route Taken from Scott’s Bridge, Oregon to Laramie, Wyoming. 8vo, original beige pictorial buckram stamped and lettered in green and brown (the cover illustration is a version of Russell’s vignette on p. 152, “Trail Drivers Watching Herd”), t.e.g. Spine lettering flecked and mild wear and dust-soiling to binding, interior and plates excellent.
First edition. Adams , Herd 2153: “Scarce.” Campbell , My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 85. Dobie, p. 120: “Charming; much of nature.” Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 13. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 21 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”); p. 70 (“High Spots of Western Illustrating” #34); p. 191 (“Russell Rarities” #46): “Now increasingly rare to obtain.” Flake 8383a. Graff 3957. Howes S916. McCracken, 101, p. 45. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 25. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 85. Reese, Six Score 103: “Most of this book is devoted to a narrative of a cattle drive from Oregon to Wyoming in 1878. Well-written and interesting. Certainly one of the earliest drives of this magnitude from Oregon east, a little-recognized cattle trail.” Smith 9832. Yost & Renner, Russell I:19.
The author concludes of his experiences as related in this work: “Some persons contend that life of this kind is healthy. My opinion is that it takes the constitution of a jackass to pull a man through, and if he survives, you can’t kill him with axe. I had the constitution, and so far have survived the axe. Since I gave up the business, about nine years ago, I find that the asphalt of a large city to range on, with Delmonico’s or Sherry’s for watering places, and any hotel on Fifth Avenue for a camping-ground suits me” (p. 269). ($300-600)
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