The Century Co. 1888 New York, 1st edn, FIRST STATE 186pp, 94 illus by Frederick Remington, frontis. A very good plus copy. Cloth clean, gilt stamping bright, no shelf ware. THIS IS THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION FIRST STATE which had different decorative stamping then later versions. IN ADDTION this copy has a DUST JACKET. The jacket is very good, wear along corners and edges, pieces missing along corners, and the spine is about 50% complete. Front and back panels of the jacket in remarkable shape, flaps complete. Books in dust jackets before WW I are almost impossible to find! We have not ever offered this book in a JACKET in 30 plus years of book dealing and know of no other copies offered in the last 10 years. Item #003855
Roosevelt roaming the West for bighorn, goat and his favorite the Rocky Mountain elk, also contains ranch life adventures. This is the only major Roosevelt hunting book that was NOT issued in a limited edition upon publication. Strange as it may seem this has made first editions even scarcer than the other Roosevelt firsts, no doubt because of the very small printing run of this first edition. This is the first large book project illustrated by Remington who would become almost as famous as the author in due course. The book is loosely based on the experiences of TR who had bought a ranch in the Dakota Badlands in the 1880s where he spent much of his time ranching and equally as much hunting. Besides that there an exciting section of a long pursuit of 3 cattle rustlers who are eventually brought to trial. A nice large, oversize book with elaborate gilt stamping on spine and front cover.