THE BANDITTI OF THE PLAINS or the CATTLEMEN'S INVASION OF WYOMING IN 1892. Asa Shinn Mercer.

THE BANDITTI OF THE PLAINS or the CATTLEMEN'S INVASION OF WYOMING IN 1892

Sheridan: I. G. McPherren, 1930. First Thus. Soft cover. Collectible Very Good. Item #2105070

The very scarce reprint of the "Exceedingly rare" book published in 1892. Pictorial wraps. 166pp. Includes the one paragraph preface written by Mercer in 1894. Adams (Adams 150 #103) says the original edition was the object of a libel suit by Wyoming cattlemen. The author "objected to the highhanded manner in which the large owners were importing paid killers to exterminate other citizens of the region." They tried to destroy every copy the came across. They "also burned the author's print shop and ordered him to leave Wyoming." Both Adams and Howes (M523) give the early printing history (original in 1894, then 1923 under a different title, then this 1930, and finally the Grabhorn in 1935. A former owner has written some notes in ink on the title page, "I was in _____ (?) Or. 1886-1890 - cow and sheep country. I know something about these things. Little (?) Sid Huston was hanged on (?) the bridge at Prineville over just such a muss - Ch. A." (owner also wrote "Andrews 1937"). That A. R. Bowman Museum in Prineville relates what Andrews comments on. Upper corner of text block is bumped. Still a vg copy. Scarce.

Price: $225.00

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