The Banditti of the Plains, Mercer, 1894

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The Banditti of the Plains, Mercer, 1894
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Mercer, A.S.; The Banditti of the Plains, or the Cattleman’s Invasion of Wyoming in 1892; no publisher shown. 139pp. Black boards 5.5 x 8.5”. Binding a bit loose, one fly page detached. No significant corner or spine wear. Housed in a custom slip case. This is one of the most important of the range war publications. Mercer was the editor of the Northwestern Livestock Grower, a Cheyenne publication, who took the side of the small ranchers/cattle men against the big boys. It was written during the “Johnson County War”, and is so well known that it has been reprinted numerous times. Asa Shinn Mercer had been hired to promote the cattle industry, but became disillusioned after he learned the inside scoop. He wrote insightful articles outwardly criticizing the cattlemen. In return, they severely suppressed this book and his paper, ultimately burning down his office. Mercer was one of the founding families of Seattle. He was the first professor and the first president of the University, and the only college graduate there in the mid 1860’s. In one of his most famous moves, he went East recruiting young women to come to Washington as teachers and in other business endeavors. They became famously known as “Mercer Girls.” This is an original copy. It discusses all aspects of the war, the trials, prisoners, troop involvement. Some sketches also included. Rare work.City: County: State: WYDate: