Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1889. Item #459
8vo. 235 x 150 mm., [9 ¼ x 5 ¾ inches]. , pp. 367-548, . One folding map of North America and 21 half-tone plates. Original wrapper, missing lower wrapper, final 2 leaves with expert paper repairs; with faults a good copy.
Offprint from the Smithsonian’s Annual Report for 1889. The text and illustrations of Hornaday’s work demonstrate the devastating loss of the Bison population in the American West. Hornaday chronicles the diminution of the herds that had reached 1 million strong before the onslaught of which left mere hundreds at the time of this publication.
Hornaday has illustrated his report with numerous images of the American west, bison herds, Indian hunting, and the decimation of the species by American hunters. The color-coded map locates where the surviving herds that roam the western states and territories.