The Virginian. A Horseman of the Plains
Owen Wister, 1902
WISTER, Owen (1860-1938). The Virginian. A Horseman of the Plains. New York: Macmillan, 1902.

First edition of an iconic cowboy tale, in original dust jacket. "Although a novel, this book probably created more impressions of what a cowboy was like—even among cowboys—than any other work, fact or fiction. Its popularity is attested to by sales of over two million copies" (Reese). Graff 4725; Merle Johnson, High Spots p.81; Reese, Six Score 116.

Octavo. Half-title, 6 pp. ads at end. Illustrated plates by Arthur I. Keller. Original tan cloth stamped in red, black and gilt, dust jacket (chipped at spine panel ends and corners, a few closed tears); custom box. Provenance: Sarah Watson (inscription on flyleaf dated 1902, Boston).
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