Easton, Pa. Free Press, [ 1876]. 39pp., printed in two columns. Three mounted albumen prints of working dogs, with printed captions. Small quarto. Original three-quarter green roan and marbled boards, gilt label on front cover. Minor rubbing, bookplate on front pastedown. Title slightly soiled with minor offsetting. Very good. Item #WRCAM53920
A presentation copy of this rare, privately printed account of Boutcher's second sporting trip, and one that is as equally scarce as his first. Boutcher and company returned to the Plains the year following their first excursion, and extended their expedition into Colorado. Their main prey was quail, but they also hunted for grouse, buffalo, and antelope. The text also includes descriptions of the towns of Joplin, Missouri, Denver, and Chetopah, Kansas, and also discusses local games laws, railroads, and the agricultural potential of Colorado. With a silk presentation ribbon from C.S. Boutcher laid in. 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. Not in Phillips (but see Phillips pp.53 and 278 for Boutcher's account of his 1874 hunting trip). Only one copy has appeared at auction since Ken Nebenzahl purchased the Streeter copy for $225 in 1969. OCLC locates six copies, at the Denver Public Library, Newberry Library, Univ. of Missouri at St. Louis, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Yale, and New York Historical Society Library. STREETER SALE 4100. HOWES S792, "aa." OCLC 19947354, 476399884.