Publication: Chisholm Bros, n d (ca 1885), Portland
First edition. Publisher's embossed binding, with a gilt title and vignette illustrations of a cowboy on horseback on the front cover. 5"x 6" with a foldout in accordion fashion with 22 illustrations on 12 pages. The sepia lithographed illustrations are realistic, and drawn from photographs, including depictions of "The Mess Wagon," "Branding on the Prairie," "Roping a Pony From the Herd," "Throwing a Steer," "Skinning a Beef," "Branding a Maverick," and more. The first pictorial book devoted to the life of the cowboy on the range. Possibly including a rare image of Billy the Kid which also appeared in Chittenden's Ranch Verses. Dykes, Billy the Kid 28: "rare." According to Dykes, Chittenden's Windy Billy may be a pseudonym for Billy the Kid and the photograph reproduced here strongly resembles the only known image of Billy the Kid. Affixed to the rear pastedown sheet is an interesting Denver and Rio Grande Railroad flyer promoting this is the only line passing through Salt Lake City enroute to or from San Francisco and the Pacific Coast, with a through train each way daily. Corners rubbed with interior views in fine condition.
Inventory Number: 48591