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25. COBURN, Wallace D. Rhymes from a Round-Up Camp. Los Angeles : Gem Publishing Company, 1925. [v]-xvii [1 blank], [2], 137 [1 blank] pp., frontispiece plate and text illustrations by Charles M. Russell (some full-page), brands on endpapers. 12mo, original embossed gilt pictorial brown cloth over flexible boards, t.e.g. Front hinge open (but holding), otherwise very fine. Author’s presentation copy: “Dear Earl, Just a little token in memory of many of the precious hours passed together spitting in the camp-fire and swapping yarns, and living over again a life never seen in any part of this world except Western North America and which can never be seen again unless the Great Spirit can forget mavericking, forgive long rope cowmen, and has a good grass range and good horses—Here’s praying that there is such a camp ground however ‘old scout’ and that you and I may point a trail-herd in that direction. Yours sincerely in bad weather as well as good. Wallace D. Coburn September 1, 1927 .” With his hand-drawn brand (Circle C).

     Fourth edition, “new edition, revised and enlarged,” with Russell’s tribute to Coburn (not in prior editions), in the “art” binding (boards simulating a bunkhouse door). The illustrations are the same as those in the English edition that came out in 1903. Yost & Renner, Russell I:8e.  The original edition was published in 1899 (Cf. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 188 (“Russell Rarities 4”); Graff 77; Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 16; Yost & Renner, Russell I:8).

     Taylor & Maar, The American Cowboy, p. 72:  “The book was an immediate success.” This edition contains a tribute to Coburn by Russell that did not appear in previous issues, in which Russell writes: “Horseman of the plains, mighty hunter, ranchman, cowpuncher, scholar, wit, practician and poet, he rounds out his career as a Westerner by being the only White Chief of the Assinaboine Sioux, his tribal name being Peta-kooa-honga, which means Cowboy Chief.... For all his prowess as horseman and hunter, he is gifted of the tenderness of a woman, the generosity of a prince, and the soul of an artist. With him friendship is almost a religion, and for all the wild vicissitudes of his adventurous life, he has always clung to the tender influences of literature and art, of home and the humanity. We have been friends, he and I, for many years, friends as only men can be who love the same life, who have camped together like true comrades and who are aware of one another’s fidelity, loyalty and courage without the need of a spoken word. Wallace D. Coburn was born in Helena, Montana, of Scotch-Irish parentage in 1876; almost from childhood he spent his summer vacations on the round-up, and for years he lived neighbor to the Assinaboine Sioux of whose nation he is the titular chieftain.”  ($250-500)

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