Through the Yellowstone Park on Horseback. George W. Wingate.

Through the Yellowstone Park on Horseback

New York: O. Judd Co. 1886. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition. 8vo. vi, 250, [6 pp advertisements] pp. Large folding map in rear pocket, titled "Map of the Yellowstone National Park, Compiled from different official explorations and our personal survey, 1882" by Carl J. Halls & A. Rydstrom, Civil Engineers. Illustrated plates; in text illustrations. Dark green cloth with gilt lettering to front cover & spine; decorative endpapers. Minor wear to extremities else a fine, bright copy; the nicest copy we've seen. Map is in fine condition (tiny splits at corners of folds). Item #18170

"An account of a trip on horseback by the author, his wife and daughter, for the benefit of the health of the latter." - Bradford 5941. This work contains chapters on the railroad journey to Yellowstone, camp life, Mammoth Hot Springs, Green River & Obsidian Cliffs, the Morris Basin, Gibbon Canon and Falls, the Great Geysers, the Great Canon, etc., as well as chapters on the "former inhabitants of the park." There is in addition a long chapter on the game found at Yellowstone (buffalo, elk, bears, deer, wolves, beavers, etc.). Some of the illustrations are signed W. M. Cary or W.M.C., perhaps William de la Montagne Cary (1840-1922). Hamilton (Early American Book Illustrators, I, p. 88) comments on Cary: " Cary went West in 1861 and was one of the first to paint western scenes and incidents of Indian life directly from what he himself had observed. While best known for his paintings, his wood engravings, most of which appeared in Harper's Weekly and The Aldine, are of real value in their depiction of frontier and Indian life. Very little of his work appeared as book illustrations. His son, Clinton Cary, has told the writer that in later years their New York home was near that of the Roosevelts and young Teddy Roosevelt would often come over to listen to the elder Cary's tales of Western life. It is possible that Roosevelt 's love for the West began in this way." George Wingate (1840-1928) wrote the first American book on rifle marksmanship and was a co-founder of the National Rifle Association, of which he was President for twenty-five years. (Eberstadt 107-393g).

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