[Easton, Pa.]: Easton Free Press, . 34pp., printed in two columns. Seven mounted albumen photographs on six leaves, two full-page engraved plates, and in-text woodcut vignettes. Small quarto. Original half morocco and marbled boards, gilt morocco label on front board. Light shelfwear, a bit rubbed at extremities, bookplate on front pastedown. Some minor soiling to text leaves. Very good plus. With the bookplate of F.P. Williamson. Item #WRCAM53919
Fascinating account of a hunting trip in the Midwest beyond the Mississippi, including incidents of quail shooting and an account of the Great Pigeon Roost of southwestern Missouri, dispersed by a snowstorm a week before Boutcher reached the area. "Full of hunting adventures, but likewise historically important for the excellent observations on life in the back-country at this period. Curiously enough the remnants of the Modocs were encountered and there is an account of Shacknasty Jim, Scarface Charlie, and Captain Jack's still- moaning mourners" - Eberstadt. Boutcher was an associate editor of the EASTON FREE PRESS, and the letters were published in the newspaper from December 1874 to January 1875. This copy bears the bookplate of F.P. Williamson, a noted collector of American sporting books from the 1950s to the turn of the 21st century. Rare, with only one copy appearing at auction since the Streeter sale, where Ken Nebenzahl purchased it for $575 in 1969. OCLC lists four locations (Yale, NYPL, Newberry, University of Missouri at St. Louis). STREETER SALE 4099. PHILIPS, SPORTING BOOKS, pp.53 & 278. HOWES N212, "b" (without mention of photos and not knowing author). OCLC 27855517.