First edition. 8vo. Original deluxe leather binding, titles stamped in gold gilt on the front cover and spine, all edges gilt, colored front and rear marbled endpapers, 461 pp., preface, frontispiece (portrait), plates, plus eight illustrations by C.M. Russell. Vaughn left Illinois in 1864 for the gold fields of Idaho. Later that year he moved to the gold fields of Montana. He relates his experiences and some early history of the state. It describes the first decade of the author's stay there, beginning right after the Civil War and continuing up to the Nez Perce War of 1877. Much on cattle, Indian fighting, buffalo hunting, Custer and the Little Big Horn, pioneers, ranching, the Nez Perce War, the Ghost Dance, etc. Former owner's neat bookplate on the front pastedown sheet, a few minor rubs to the spine, else a fine, bright copy of a scarce book and one that is basic for the early history of Montana. An exceptional copy and seldom found in this splendid condition.
Inventory Number: 44975