New York; (1960): Published By University Publishes for the Historical Society of Montana. Charles M. Russell. Small Quarto. Item #025081
. 235p. With list of Montana Stock Growers Association Conventions and Officers, 1885-1960. One of the essential works on Montana Range Books by one whose family and personal work was intimately involved with the association. Robert Athearn notes it is a fine book dealing with the entire history of the West from the fur trade to the great ranches after 1885. He further observes that though it shows a conservative complaint against the New Deal and having to deal with Federal and State Bureaucrats, he nevertheless shows that the rancher on his own has genuine environmental concerns that do not coincide with mining and allied interests. The author also was famous for the song: "Don't Fence Me In" sung by Bing Crosby. The beautiful art work (note the rich colored endpapers) is that of Charles M. Russell. Bound in brown paper covered boards backed in pictorial beige linen, lettered and decorated in green and black, boards stamped with brands in blind colorful pictorial endpapers. A very nice copy in lightly rubbed unclipped pictorial dust jacket with some chipping or wear to spine ends.