21 June 2005
DAWSON, Thomas F. (1853-1923) and Frederick V. SKIFF (1851-1921). The Ute War: A History of the White River Massacre and the Privations and Hardships of the Captive White Women among the Hostiles on Grand River. Denver: Tribune Publishing House, 1879.
8o (216 x 137 mm). Numerous wood-engraved text illustrations. Original pale-green printed wrappers (skilfully rebacked, light soiling); blue cloth folding case. Provenance: Frank T. Siebert (his sale Sotheby's New York, 28 October 1999, lot 998).
FIRST EDITION, A GREAT COLORADO RARITY: "THE FAMOUS ACCOUNT OF WESTERN CAPTIVITY" (Thomas W. Streeter). This is the primary account of the events which led up to the removal of the Ute Indians from their lands west of the 107th meridian. By the late 1870s, most of the Indians of Colorado had been removed, with the exception of the Utes, who retained certain portions of their lands through the treaties of 1868 and 1873. White land hunger remained high and in 1879 conflict broke out at the White River Agency where, under the direction of Agent Nathan Meeker, tension had been especially high. After Meeker ordered the plowing of the Indians' race track, a number of Utes left their reservations. Troops were ordered from Wyoming and were ambushed en route, the agency was attacked, Meeker and eleven men were killed, and five women were abducted, including Meeker's wife and child. In 1880 a new treaty ceded most of the Ute lands, and most members of the tribes were sent to desolate regions of Utah. Ayer Supplement 42; Denver Public Library Nothing is Long Ago 65; Eberstadt 134:210; Flake 2732; Graff 1028; Howes D-61 ("c," "after Hollister...the rarest Colorado imprint"); Jones 1601; Streeter IV:2194; Vaughan 86; Wilcox p. 37.
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