[GEFFS, Irving (b. 1860)]. The First Eight Months of Oklahoma City. By Bunky. Oklahoma City: McMaster Printing Company, 1890.

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[GEFFS, Irving (b. 1860)]. The First Eight Months of Oklahoma City. By Bunky. Oklahoma City: McMaster Printing Company, 1890.

8o (214 x 145 mm). Original yellow printed wrappers (some pale dampstaining at head of front wrapper, few repairs); brown quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: Henry Hindeman (signature at head of upper wrapper).

THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST WORK OF ANY SIZE PUBLISHED IN OKLAHOMA CITY. Published anonymously, this work is credited to Irving Geffs, who in the 1890 Oklahoma Territory Directory was listed as the city editor of the Evening Gazette. Oklahoma City was founded in April 1889 and settlers very quickly built up the city after the former Indian territory was opened up by the U.S. government. The Oklahoma Land Rush, with armed riders surging into the newly opened lands, is one of the defining events in western settlement. William Willard Howard in Harper's Weekly called it at the time, "one of the most bizarre and chaotic episodes of town founding in world history" (vol. 33, 18 May 1889). The best lots in Oklahoma City, like the valuable locations in Guthrie, were seized by the deputy United States marshals. The actual home-seekers were compelled to take what was left. Geff's history of the first eight months opens with a description of the Land Rush and goes on to provide settlers' accounts of their experiences, biographical sketches of some of the residents, and descriptions of the government and social structures. No copies are recorded in American Book Prices Current since at least 1975. Graff 1534; Howes G-93 ("b").
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