McALEENAN, Joseph A.
Leaves from a Wyoming Diary
New York: Privately Printed for the author and his friends [by H.S. Nichols], 1924. Quarto. (11 x 8 1/2 inches). Frontispiece of The Bronco. Duplicated typescript, printed on rectos only. 51, [1, imprint]pp by Special Photographic Process by H.S. Nichols. Inscribed to George H. Chatfield.
Publisher's green cloth, beveled boards, upper cover titled in gilt.
Provenance: Edward Sands Litchfield (bookplate)
A fine copy of a very rare privately-printed work recording an expedition into Wyoming: one of only 30 copies inscribed by the author.
McAleenan was a noted New York diamond dealer and avid sportsman. After several of his fishing and hunting expeditions, he privately printed books about the trips for the participants; all are rare and desirable. The present work was published following an expedition in the Big Wind River country of Wyoming and includes a lengthy recollection of a story told to McAleenan by a Cree Indian of a battle between a pack of wild dogs and seven grizzlies in a canyon in Big Wind River country in Wyoming. It also includes poetry by his friend Joe Magill, and other contributions. "There is nothing particularly remarkable or exceptional about these stories and poems, but such as they are they will serve I trust ... as a memento of the trip had the privilege of making with as happy, as considerate, as cheerful and enlivening companions as were those of the old days, who rode, hunted and camped with me over mountain and desert trails. These old time memories of Wyoming are very dear and precious to me, because they revive recollections of the trails and bring back stories of men and happenings that can never fade from my mind as long as life lasts" (Foreword). This example inscribed by McAleenan to George H. Chatfield, and with later noted provenance to the fine sporting library of Edward Sands Litchfield.
Howes M10 (misdated to 1914); not in Phillips or Heller.