“Some experiences of an old cowboy in the Indian Territory”

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501. PUCKETT, J[ames] L[ouis] & Ellen Puckett.History of Oklahoma and Indian Territory and Homeseekekers’ [sic] Guide by J.L. and Ellen Puckett. Vinita, Ohlahoma [sic]: Chieftain Publishing Company, 1906. [1-7] 8-149 [3] pp., 8 full-page illustrations from photographs (included in pagination), full-page photographic text illustrations. 8vo (22 x 14.7 cm), original goldenrod pictorial wrappers with photographic illustrations (portraits of “Thunder Bull, a Cheyenne Chief” and “Good Bear in Winter Quarters” on front and back wrappers respectively), stapled as issued. Wraps spotted, lightly chipped, and stained (heavier on lower wrap), last ten pages and some fore edges lightly stained and chipped at upper blank corners.

     First edition. Adams, Guns 1775. Adams, Herd 1844: “Some experiences of an old cowboy in the Indian Territory.” Braislin 1516: “The first history of Oklahoma” [note: this claim has been made for some other titles]. Eberstadt 107:319. Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907, p. 53. Graff 3399. Howes P645. Streeter Sale 607:

Wright Howes from whom I bought this in February, 1944, had this note: “The author, for twenty-five years a resident (marrying three Indian girls), includes his cow-boy experiences, an autobiography of O.A. Woodman, who (as a white captive, was raised by the Comanches and later became a famous scout and marshal), and much similar material. Beginning on p. 30 there is a long extract from a captivity among the Apaches written by Herman Lehmann under the title Indianology, printed by Johnson Brothers’ Printing Company, San Antonio, 1899. From p. [118] to end is Puckett’s own story of his life in Oklahoma from 1881 when as a boy of eighteen he went to Cherokee City.”—TWS.

James Lewis Puckett (1863-1938) recollects his twenty-five years as a cowboy and squaw man. Good content on Indian captives, outlaws, range days, the Dick Glass Gang, Comanche Chief Quanah Parker (son of famous Texas captive Cynthia Ann Parker; see Parker herein), Custer at Washita, an account of a Cheyenne witness to the Washita Fight, early scouts and settlers, etc.  


Sold. Hammer: $100.00; Price Realized: $122.50.

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