Great Falls, Montana: W.T. Ridgley Printing Company, n.d., 1899 Oblong folio. With twelve black and white sketches on thick card stock, each preceded by a hand-cut page (with deckle edges) with descriptive text, consisting of the title of the drawing, a brief excerpted piece of poetry relative to the subject and a descriptive paragraph about the drawing in fine calligraphy type face and design. Publisher's original buckskin colored linen over boards, with gilt lettering and decoration on the front board, including a Native American in profile and a flower. An apparent Third Edition (in which the substitute of Blazing the Trail instead of Initiated which was a companion piece to The Initiation of the Tenderfoot). The artist signed and dated the book 'Chas. M. Russell 1899' and added a pen and ink sketch of a buffalo skull lying in grass with an owl perched on one horn of the skull. Size of the pen and ink H 4" W 9". Provenance: The artist; Given to the owner's grandfather who was a Physician to the artist; acquired by descent from the above.
Titles Include: The Indian of the Plains as He Was; Blazing the Trail; Nature's Cattle; Painting the Town; Holding Up the Oberland Stage; The Trail Boss; The Christmas Dinner; The Shell Game; The Initiation of the Tenderfoot; The Last of the Buffalo; The Range Rider's Conquest; The Last of His Race.
Note: This has been reviewed by Mr. Karl Yost, Paul A Rossi, Art Consultant, Former Director of the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art and Mr. Robert F Morgan, Former Curator of the Montana Historical Society.(Research material and former appraisals will accompany this work)