Item #312715 The Log of the Four Dudes. By One of Them. Ralph Fletcher Seymour.
The Log of the Four Dudes. By One of Them

With Rod & Gun in Wyoming

The Log of the Four Dudes. By One of Them.

N.p. [Chicago?]: Privately printed, 1921.

First edition. Title printed within thick and thin rule border; vignette device at end. [4], 92, [2] pp. 1 vols. 4to (12-3/8 x 9-1/2 inches). With Rod & Gun in Wyoming. Paper covered boards with printed paper label on upper cover. Skilfully rebacked with original spine label laid down. Some light wear to extremities. Very good plus Not in Phillips, Heller, or Biscotti; nor in Malone's Wyomingiana, nor in the Eberstadt, Decker, Soliday, or Graff catalogues. OCLC 11229887 (2 copies: Northern Illinois U., U. Wyoming). Item #312715

Rare, privately-printed account of a month-long fishing and hunting expedition through Wyoming in the early fall of 1920. The text relates the experiences of two couples, Ralph and Myra, and Philip and Caroline on a hunting and fishing expedition, particularly in pursuit of elk and sheep. Their guides are identified as Ned Frost ("the sine qua non of the whole excursion") and Carl Hammett. In the foreword the unnamed author offers useful advice for making such a trip successful and comfortable, recommending clothing, footwear, and camping material: "There are many sleeping outfits that are fairly satisfactory, but of those who have come under my observation, the best combination is an air mattress (with bellows to blow it up) and on top of it an eider down 'Arctic Sleeping Bag' with a Hudson Bay blanket inside to wrap closely around you. With this outfit you can 'sleep warm' and comfortably, no matter what the temperature may be - and 'sleeping warm' is one of the secrets of a successful hunting trip." The text consists of daily entries, from their September 20 departure by train from Chicago to their return a month later, with outstanding descriptions of the scenery and natural wonders of Wyoming, the results of their hunting and fishing adventures, and how each of the four city-dwellers performed in the wild. A few of the entries are written by the women who participated.
In the September 30 entry, Ralph describes the scenery at their lunch stop: "Behind us were the Big Horns - 175 miles away but looking infinitely nearer in that wonderfully clear air: in front of us were the Tetons and to their right, some 65 miles distant Ned pointed out to us a peak, a landmark in the Yellowstone-Thorofare country, at the foot of which Burnham missed his elk so many times five years ago. A vast country of mountain and valley; of forest and barren wastes; of gentle slopes and of box canyons whose rocky sides descended sheer for hundreds of feet until they ended at the bottom in a jumble of rocks and browken bowlders [sic]."
OCLC suggests that this work was printed by the noted Chicago author, printer, and publisher, Ralph Fletcher Seymour, and likely written by him as well. Not in Malone's WYOMINGIANA, nor in the Eberstadt, Decker, Soliday, or Graff catalogues. OCLC lists only two copies, at the Univ. of Wyoming and Northern Illinois University, and we are unable to find any other copies appearing in the market.

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