Inscribed, dated and signed by author on half title page.Octavo (23 cm), pp. [xv], 301. Light brown cloth with gilt titling, pictorial jacket .Unknown edition: stated first with no additional printings, but varies slightly from other known firsts. Jacket is matte rather than glossy and is cut a little short; map of "The Melville County" is tipped in at free front endpaper, rather than comprising the endpaper itself. Includes two black and white photo sections, and small packet of publicity material produced by the publisher. Jacket has rubbing, wear along edges and folds. Spine very slightly cocked. Introduction by Dean Krakel of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, who writes of this rancher from Montana's Crazy Mountains, "Spike carries the presence of the West better than anyone I have ever met." Dust jacket present.