To that end, a very fine book to collect would be the 1835 A Tour on the Prairies, written by Irving Washington and published by Carey, Lea and Blanchard of Philadelphia, and usually collected in a volume entitled The Crayon Miscellany. This charming work tells the tale of the ‘prairie territories’ many decades before the area was incorporated into the Union, and before even the idea of it being a solid, discrete state identity had been entertained. In these early days, ‘the prairies’ large tracts of land given over almost solely to the indigenous American people. As such, a true first of this work in attractive brown cloth would be worth anywhere from five hundred to a thousand US dollars.
Another classic text of this state, and one that leads us to a very different time period would of course by George Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, first published in 1939, and telling the tale of two migrant workers in the economic downturn that changed the history of a continent. An American and world classic novel, a true first edition can be worth anywhere in the region of twenty, thirty, or more thousands of US dollars – more, if it is signed or otherwise can tie specific provenance to the reclusive author himself. The rarest edition available might be the limited edition presentation edition, where only ten were ever made, and were printed and bound and sold at a banqueting gala, with the proceeds going to migrant support charities. Each volume of these ten would be highly sought after, and if found at auction could easily be worth a cool fifty thousand dollars or more!
Folsom, Joseph P. Constitution and Laws of the Choctaw Nation. Wm. P. Lyon and Son, New York (1869). Together with the Treaties of 1855, 1865, and 1866
Rock, Marion Tuttle. Illustrated History of Oklahoma.. C. B. Hamilton and Son, Topeka (1890). Its occupation by Spain and France, its sale to the United States, its opening to settlement in 1889 and the meeting of the first territorial legislature. Illustrated with many wood engravings of landscape, architecture, and portraiture.
Dyer, Mrs D. B. Fort Reno Or Picturesque. G. W. Dillingham, New York (1896). Cheyenne And Arrapahoe Army Life, Before The Opening Of Oklahoma.
Callison, John J. Bill Jones of Paradise Valley, Oklahoma. M.A. Donohue and Company, Chicago (1914). His Life and Adventures for Over Forty Years in the Great Southwest. He Was A Pioneer in the Days of the Buffalo, the Wild Indian, the Oklahoma Boomer, and the Cowboy and the Outlaw;
Thoburn, Joseph Bradfield. A Standard History of Oklahoma. The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York (1916). An Authentic Narrative of its Development from the Date of the First European Exploration Down to the Present TIme, Including Accounts of the Indian Tribes, both Civilized and Wild, of the Cattle Range, of the Land Openings and the Achievements of the most Recent Period. 5 volume set.
Benedict, John D. A History of Muskogee and Northeaster Oklahoma.. S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago (1922). Including the Counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig and Ottawa. Three volumes.
Stansbery, Lon R. The Passing of 3D Ranch. Geo. W. Henry Printing Company, Tulsa (1930). Illustrated with photos.
Dale, Edward Everett. The Range Cattle Industry. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman (1930). Includes frontispiece and illustrations.
Mathews, John Joseph. Wah'Kon-Tah. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman (1932). Includes black and white frontispiece of Major Laban J.Miles
Foreman, Grant. The Five Civilized Tribes. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman (1934). John R. Swanton - Contributor; Inlcudes a frontispiece, 11 inserted plates and a folding map.
Ridings, Sam P. The Chisholm Trail. Co-Operative Publishing Company, Guthrie (1936). A history of the world's greatest cattle trail, together with a description of the persons, a narrative of the events, and the reminiscences associated with the same; 52 illustrations and a Fold-out map.
Wardell, Morris L. Political History of the Cherokee Nation. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman (1938). Includes a photo frontispiece, illustrations and maps including a foldout map of the Cherokee Nation.
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. Viking Press, New York (1939). Dust jacket illustrated by Elmer Hader
Rodgers, Richard; Hammerstein, Oscar. Oklahoma. Random House, New York (1943). Based on Lynn Riggs' play, Green Grow the Lilacs.
Riggs, Lynn. Green Grow The Lilacs. Limited Editions Club, Norman (1954). Stamped with the title drawn by Will Ransom and with a drawing by Thomas Hart Benton; One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the artist. Illustrated by Thomas Hart Benton.
Clark, Larry. Tulsa. Grove Press, New York (2000). Limited signed edition of 250 copies; Illustrated in black and white.