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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2006 Issue

The Wild West from Gene W. Baade

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Gene Baade's catalogues aren't fancy, but they are interesting.


By Michael Stillman

Gene W. Baade
has issued Catalogue 806 of Books On The West. With a very few exceptions, that's the American West, and most pertain to what we know as the "Old West." That can only mean cowboys and Indians, gunslingers, outlaws and lawmen, overland journeys, railroads, buffalo, mining camps and ghost towns, and some of the usual celebrities, such as Davy Crockett, Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, and George Armstrong Custer. There is both good reading and collecting available within the pages of this latest Baade catalogue. Here is a glimpse of a few of the 200+ items being offered for sale.

Item 50 is a classic Indian history, Massacres of the Mountains. A History of the Indian Wars of the Far West. Howes dubbed this title the "best single volume covering this subject." Tribes described include the Apache, Navaho, Pueblo, Spokane, Couer d'Alene, Nez Perce and Ute. While primarily covering wars of the far west, Little Big Horn does make it into the pages. This is an 1886 first edition, written by Jacob Dunn. Priced at $275.

Item 181 is a very different, though still interesting Indian piece. It is Sioux Indian Claims, a legal brief prepared in 1939 by attorney Ralph Hoyt Case on behalf the Sioux. An act adopted in 1928 allowed the Sioux to file claims for horses taken from them by the U.S. after the cessation of various hostilities. Some of these claims went as far back as 1863. Of course, losing horses was undoubtedly more meaningful in 1863 than in 1939. Nonetheless, the history provided in this legal brief should be interesting for those conducting research or just trying to better understand U.S.-Indian history. $175.

Item 34 is your requisite Davy Crockett book. It is Davy Crockett's Own Story as Written by Himself. However, it was not published by himself, as it was released in 1955, over a century after the frontiersman and former congressman died at the Alamo. The year 1955 was the height of the Davy Crockett craze. Fess Parker was appearing on screen as Davy, and Bill Hayes topped the musical charts with the "Ballad of Davy Crockett." Crockett may not have been the clean-cut Hollywood type portrayed by Disney, but he was nonetheless a remarkable man, unsophisticated Tennessee hick in the Halls of Congress, defender of the downtrodden Indians, Texas hero at the Alamo. $10.

For those looking for a word with more "A's" than Alaska, item 4 is A Treasury of Alaskana. Ethel Becker's book about the land of the midnight sun was published in 1969 in Seattle, the sunny south compared to its subject. Item 4. $25. Item 21 sounds downright painful: 92 Days in the Saddle. Mike Butler's 1975 book is about modern cowboys in Wyoming and North Dakota. $13.50.

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