Wednesday, May 7, 2008

1888 Theodore Roosevelt stories / Frederic Remington illustrations

Available is a two Volume Octavo Set of the Century Magazine including works by Theodore Roosevelt: "Ranch Life in the Far West" (33 Illustrated by Frederic Remington); "Frontier Types" (10 Illustrations by Frederic Remington); "Sherrif's Work on a Ranch" (11 Illustrations by Frederic Remington); and "The Ranchman's Rifle on Crag and Prairie" (10 Illustrations by Frederic Remington). Presented in matching RED leather volumes - very rare to come by!

Book Description:
New York: The Century Co; two volumes. Vol 35 (new series Vol 13) November 1887 - April 1888, 972 pages with index in front. Vol 36 (new series Vol 14) May - October 1888, 960 pages with index in front. Both bound in quarter red leather with red boards, four raised spine bands as well as gilt spine lettering, 8vo (9-3/4" tall x 6-1/2" wide). All edges speckled. The set presented here is in good condition, with conditions noted: some noticeable wear to the leather on both volumes, especially on corners, head and tail of spines and bumped / rubbed corners. The binding is very tight on each volume, with no off-setting of the engravings. Literally hundreds of illustrations, both named and un-named, including those by Remington (listed above), Joseph Pennell, George Gibson, including many others. Nice illustrated frontispiece of George Washington within Vol 35.

These two volumes also contain writings by Mark Twain ("Meisterschaft:In Three Acts"), Henry James ("Robert Louis Stevenson", "The Liar - In Two Parts"), Walt Whitman, John Burroughs ("Matthew Arnold's Criticism", "The Heart of the Southern Catskills") and General John C. Fremont, including numerous other authors. These volumes are difficult to keep together due to multiple authors and numerous collectors looking for the same books.

Roosevelt built a cattle ranch he named Elk Horn thirty five miles north of the boomtown, Medora, North Dakota. On the banks of the "Little Missouri," Roosevelt learned to ride, rope, and hunt. Roosevelt rebuilt his life after his wife and mother's deaths, and began writing about frontier life for Eastern magazines (SEE ABOVE LISTINGS!). As a deputy sheriff, Roosevelt hunted down three outlaws who stole his river boat and were escaping north with it up the Little Missouri River. Capturing them, he decided against hanging them and sending his foreman back by boat, he took the thieves back overland for trial in Dickinson, guarding them forty hours without sleep and reading Tolstoy to keep himself awake. When he ran out of his own books, he read a dime store western one of the thieves was carrying.

After the uniquely severe U.S. winter of 1886-1887 wiped out his herd of cattle and his $60,000 investment (together with those of his competitors), he returned to the East, where in 1885, he had built Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, New York. It would be his home and estate until his death. Roosevelt ran as the Republican candidate for mayor of New York City in 1886 as "The Cowboy of the Dakotas." He came in third. (Taken from Wikipedia).

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