For a number of years much of my life was spent either in the wilderness or on the borders of the settled country if, indeed, "settled" is a term that can rightly be applied to the vast, scantily peopled regions where cattle-ranching is the only regular industry. During this time I hunted much, among the mountains and on the plains, both as a ...
For a number of years much of my life was spent either in the wilderness or on the borders of the settled country if, indeed, "settled" is a term that can rightly be applied to the vast, scantily peopled regions where cattle-ranching is the only regular industry. During this time I hunted much, among the mountains and on the plains, both as a pastime and to procure hides, meat, and robes for use on the ranch; and it was my good luck to kill all the various kinds of large game that can properly be considered to belong to temperate North America. In hunting, the finding and killing of the game is after all but a part of the whole. The free, self-reliant, adventurous life, with its rugged and stalwart democracy; the wild surroundings, the grand beauty of the scenery, the chance to study the ways and habits of the woodland creatures all these unite to give to the career of the wilderness hunter its peculiar charm. The chase is among the best of all national pastimes; it cultivates that vigorous manliness for the lack of which in a nation, as in an individual, the possession of no other qualities can possibly atone. No one, but he who has partaken thereof, can understand the keen delight of hunting in lonely lands. For him is the joy of the horse well ridden and the rifle well held; for him the long days of toil and hardship, resolutely endured, and crowned at the end with triumph. In after years there shall come forever to his mind the memory of endless prairies shimmering in the bright sun; of vast snow-clad wastes lying desolate under gray skies; of the melancholy marshes; of the rush of mighty rivers; of the breath of the ever-green forest in summer; of the crooning of ice-armored pines at the touch of the winds of winter; of cataracts roaring between hoar mountain masses; of all the innumerable sights and sounds of the wilderness; of its immensity and mystery; and of the silences that brood in its still depths. Theodore Roosevelt Sagamore Hill June, 1894
Fair. 1906 Statesman Edition published by The Review of Reviews Co., red cloth ocve worn, interior good, pages are tight and unmarked, first signature slightly loose, edgewear, 2" tear to cloth along spine ocver.
Fine, Leather Bound, Accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints to ensure the highest quality binding. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine.; The Firearms Classics Library; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Fine. 2 volumes. 8 illustrations with lettered tissue guards. Rubricated title page, 8vo, handsomely rebound in 3/4 black morocco and marbled boards with a decoratively gilt spine, t.e.g. New York: Scribner, 1906. A fine set.
About Fine. Original brown cloth with a portrait and signature of Roosevelt printed in brown on the front cover; iv, 296 pages; illustrated with a frontispiece photograph of Roosevelt standing before a giant redwood. The Homeward Bound Edition, a condensed version of the original book that first appeared in 1893. This copy is SIGNED by the author on the front free endpaper: "with the good wishes of/Theodore Roosevelt/Feb 25th 1913." Below that in an unknown hand is written "won at N.Y. State Shoot/Buffalo, June 11, 1913" with the winner's signature. Tipped to the rear pastedown is the official list of prizes for the competition with this book listed. After the first World War, the government began sponsoring shooting competitions around the country with free ammunition provided and prizes given as incentives. The goal was to ensure that as many men as possible would be proficient in handling guns to prepare for future wars.
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