142. MUMEY, Nolie. Calamity Jane 1852-1903 A History of Her Life and Adventures in the West. Denver: Range Press, 1950. [v]-146 pp., text illustrations (mostly full page, including frontispiece), large folding map, 2 related pamphlets in pocket on back pastedown (facsimiles of 2 different printings of Life and Adventures of Calamity Jane). 8vo, original pink boards with white cloth backstrip, pictorial paper label on upper cover, spine lettered in gilt. Very fine in very fine glassine d.j., as issued.
First edition, limited edition (#79 of 200 copies signed by the author). Adams, Guns 1565. Adams, One-Fifty 107: “Rare.... The author seems to have made an honest effort to bring to light every facet of Jane’s character, and the book is well annotated. Because of the small edition, it was practically sold out before publication and immediately became a rare item.” Campbell, p. 94. Howes M888. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 119. Notable American Women, pp. 267-68: “The celebrated figure of Western legend poses a problem for biographers. Was she a frontier Florence Nightingale, Indian fighter, army scout, gold miner, pony express rider, bull-whacker, and stagecoach driver? Or a camp follower, prostitute, and alcoholic? ... There can be no doubt that Calamity Jane captured the public imagination, perhaps because in an age when most women were inhibited by genteel conventions, she seemed to move easily in a frontier environment, demanding and receiving equal rights in a man’s world.” ($100-300)
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