New York: Forest and Stream Publishing, 1905.
First Edition. 244 pp, with Introduction by Hilma S. Sieber, six full-page b/w plates by Russell and two photographic portraits. Inscribed on the front free endpaper "W.T. Hamilton, Columbus, Mont, Xmas 1907. Born Dec 6th 1822." Red cloth boards worn at edges and corners, a few pages with finger smudges; good to very good overall. Ink stamp of the Meeteetse News Stand in Meeteetse, Wyoming on front pastedown. Memoir of William Thomas Hamilton (1822-1908), who became an Indian fighter in the 1850s and traveled extensively in California, the Northwest, and the Plains. In 1858 he set up a trading post in what became Missoula, Montana and, while trading, held various jobs as county sheriff, Indian agent, and army scout. Graff (1759) comments that Hamilton was renowned as a skilled sign-talker and that he "tells some mighty fine stories." See also Yost 24; Howes H-139; Rader 1755. Uncommon signed.