Through the Yellowstone Park on Horseback
New York: O. Judd & Co., 1886.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 250 pp + publisher's ads (6 pp), with illustrations, folding map in rear pocket. Original green cloth with lettering in gilt on front board and spine. Some light scuffing to the boards, rubbing at corners, light dampstain at gutter, but still a sound and attractive copy, with a fine map (18" x 23", titled "Map of the Yellowstone Park"). Penciled ownership signature and address on front flyleaf. Wingate visited the park with his wife and daughter in June, 1885. They were "sagebrushers" - the name given by the official park concessioners (hotels, camps,, tours, transport) to people who chose to travel independently, bringing their own food and tents and using guides they hired themselves (if any). Wingate hired horses, a wagon, and a camp crew in Bozeman, and the narrative includes description of the novel (to these Easterners) sights and scenes along the route to the park. In addition to his lively account of the family's experiences, Wingate used the book to fill a perceived lack of reliable information about the Park by including a variety of practical details for fellow travelers (routes and distances, necessary supplies, etc.). The book also contains considerable hunting content.