Publication: Wayside Press, 1907, Los Angeles
First edition. 8vo. Pictorial cloth, 162 pp., frontispiece (portrait), illustrated, plates, portraits, 23.3 cm. The record of fifty years of an adventurous life in the Far West. Nat Love, the son of enslaved parents Sampson Love and a mother whose name is unknown, was born in June 1854, on Robert Love's plantation in Davidson County, Tennessee. In February 1869, Love left Tennessee and headed west. He found work as a cowboy, first on the Duval Ranch in the Texas panhandle, then on the Gallinger Ranch in southern Arizona. Love, a member of the Texas Cowboys, made his way overland to Wyoming, was captured and adopted by Yellow Dog Indians, made his escape by riding 100 miles bareback in 12 hours, fought and hunted through the Southwest, got into several "shooting scrapes" and in general lived the life of the Plains. In 1890, Love retired from cow-herding and worked on the railroads as a Pullman sleeping car porter. His last job was as security guard with the General Securities Company in Los Angeles, California, where he died in 1921. There seems to be some question about all his facts but this is only one of the few narratives of cowboy life by an African-American. A rare narrative of cowboy life and tales of slavery, the Civil War, Texas cattle, cowboys, buffalo stampedes, buffalo hunts, Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Yellowstone Kelly, and much more. All signatures have been hand-sewn with covers rubbed, internally clean and tight and in very good condition. A nice copy of an important and rare book.
Inventory Number: 50046