New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, 1887. Second Edition. Hardcover. 16mo; pp; (iv), 254, (ii), ads; illustrated with eight inserted black and white plates and portraits; green cloth lettered in gilt, patterned endpapers, Title on the upper board is “Indian Fights Illustrated, 1887”;. A complete copy with all preliminaries, following leaves pages and plates in need of resewing; book block is separated at p112-113, else moderate edge wear; a Good or better copy. Item #18159
"Contains chapters on the Fetterman Massacre, Forsyth's Fight, the Grattan Massacre, and the Canby Massacre, etc." - Graff. Howes F399, "aa." Graff 1458. Rader 1503. Cowan, Howes F-399, this is the second issue in 1887 with the added plates, else the printings are the same. Was the second issue newly printed? Or was the second issue from a remainder of the original sheets with the plates being added? Howes states simply “reprinted”. This copy is a presentation copy from Col. Fry to a Mr. Polk, dated Nov. 7, 1897. The book is also signed by Howard Eaton, with a stamp that proclaims that this is from the library of Eaton’s Ranch in Wolf Wyoming. “Back in 1879, three brothers, Howard, Willis, and Alden Eaton established their horse and cattle ranch near Medora, North Dakota. Their friends from the East began to visit them almost immediately. Some of these early guests stayed for months at a time. Finally, one of the guests recognized the expense these extended visits entailed and prevailed upon the Eatons to charge for room and board, so “folks can stay as long as they like.” Thus, the family dude ranch business was born and an industry started. In 1904, to provide a more suitable and varied riding terrain for their ever growing number of guests, the Eatons “pulled up stakes” in North Dakota and moved toothe present ranch location on Wolf Creek near Sheridan Wyoming.