Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World, 1893

Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. Historical sketches and programme. Chicago, Blakely Printing Co., 1893. Ca. 24 x 18,5 cm. 64 pp. Stapled in original colourful lithographed wrappers. Many illustrations in the text. The back wrapper with two tears, a small piece of the lower left hand corner and a larger piece (ca. 5 x 7 cm) of the upper right hand corner missing, front wrapper detached and the outer edges damaged with several small tears, page 9/10, finally, with a closed tear. Overall still in good condition.

 

First edition of a programme of Buffalo Bill's illustrious circus-like Wild West show, in striking lithographed wrappers. "In his best years as a showman, Cody had few rivals" (Graff).

 

In 1883 William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917), soldier and showman, founded Buffalo Bill's Wild West. With the show he toured annually in the US and Europe. It featured cowboys, Indians, sharpshooters, famous riders and even a band. In 1893 Buffalo Bill changed the title to Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World.

 

According to the present programme, the show opened with an overture and featured performers from all over the world, including a Cossack, a Mexican, an Arab and an Indian. One of the headliners was sharpshooter Miss Annie Oakley, an international star who even performed for Queen Victoria. The show further featured a re-enacted of the capture of the Deadwood Mail Coach by the Indians, and an Indian attack on a settler's cabin. But obviously the star of the show was Buffalo Bill "in his unique Feats of Sharpshooting".

 

The programme features biographies of Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley and historical information relating to the American West and the several acts of the show ("historical sketches").

 

The Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana 784.

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