Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World
Price: 275.00 USD
New York: "Buffalo Bill's" Wild West Company, 1896. Language on color lithographic cover states "Historical Sketches and Program," a fit description for the 64 page 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inch magazine-format souvenir. Small paper loss at top of front cover on spine edge. Rear cover, with a color map indicating European destinations in which the show was presented, is abraded with paper loss, possibly the result of being pasted into an album. Two pages have a vertical fold, as issued, with no loss of text. Page 1 indicates the traveling show is playing "Greater New York, 1896." The program itself is listed on pages 2 and 3. It begins with the "Star Spangled Banner" Overture and a Grand Review introducing the cast. The various acts begin with Miss Annie Oakley, followed by various exhibitions: A Horse Race, Pony Express, an "Emigrant Train" attacked by Indians who are repulsed by Buffalo Bill. International horsemanship then follows: Arabian, Cossack, Mexican, followed by a performance by Johnnie Baker "Celebrated Marksman," plus an exhibition of "Cow-Boy Fun" involving horses, including "buckers." A "Military Musical Drill" involving international military personnel precedes an "Attack on the Deadwood Mail Coach by Indians," thwarted by the celebrated B. Bill. There follows bareback riding by Indian Boys, Sharpshooting, a Buffalo Hunt, and rounding out the show, an Attack on Settlers' Cabins (repulsed, to be sure). A Salute featuring the cast wraps things up. The bulk of the program is comprised of text and illustrations relating to the featured players, the various Native American tribes, western history, European cities where the show was presented, etc. A great bargain at ten cents. An attractive and engaging presentation; contents in good condition overall, with cover issues noted.