Lincoln: The University Publishing Company, 1921. 8vo. xi, [i], 302 pp. Frontispiece portrait of the author, numerous full-page and text illustrations. Original publisher’s clot. FIRST EDITION. Blue cloth, title and author on front and spine in gilt lettering. Gilt illustrations on front and spine. Signed by the author. Item #16897
First edition. “The author was one of the first ranchers in Nebraska. An Englishman, Bratt came to America in 1864 at the age of 17. In the late 1860’s he worked as a bullwhacker supplying Ft. Kearney and other army posts. He started his cattle business in 1870, and most of his narrative is devoted to the development of the ranching industry on the central plains” (Adams). “Bratt’s story is a minor classic because of the raw but credible frontier adventures of a young English emigrant” (Mattes).