11. BRATT, John. Trails of Yesterday. Lincoln, Chicago, & Dallas: The University Publishing Company, 1921. xi [1 blank], 302 pp., frontispiece portrait (sepia photogravure of author), photographic plates, text illustrations (after pen and ink sketches). 8vo, original blue pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and red, t.e.g. Very fine, unopened, and bright, in original glassine d.j. It would be difficult to find a better copy. This book is not rare, but it is seldom found in condition like this one.
First edition. Adams, Herd 310: “Bratt was a well-known cattleman in the early days.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 9. Dobie, p. 97. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 12; Fifty Great Western Illustrators (de Yong 6); Western High Spots, p. 27 (“My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West”). Howes B725. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 16. One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 84: “Throughout Bratt’s narrative are insights into the ways of camp cooks, levee gangs and other hired hands.” Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 2049. Reese, Six Score 13: “The author was one of the first ranchers in Nebraska. An Englishman, Bratt came to America in 1864 at the age of 17. In the late 1860s he worked as a bullwhacker supplying Ft. Kearny and other army posts. He started his cattle business in 1870, and most of his narrative is devoted to the development of the ranching industry on the central plains.” ($200-400)
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