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A Complete Life Of Gen. George A. Custer. FREDERICK WHITTAKER

A Complete Life Of Gen. George A. Custer.


Publication: Sheldon & Company, 1876, New York

First edition. 8vo. Original decorated cloth, black ink and gilt stamping on front cover and spine, x, 648 pp., steel-engraved frontispiece [portrait], preliminary remarks, 16 plates and maps, illustrated. The first biography of Custer, published a few months after his defeat at Little Big Horn, and with a chapter on that battle. Of the portrait of Gen. Custer used as the frontispiece Mrs. Custer said, "I cannot say how pleased I am with the steel plate engraving you sent me. It grows upon me, and I think it gives the General's intellectual look better than any portrait I have." Luther Custer High Spot 1 says, "... in addition to being the first [[biography of Custer], is important as it served to stir up public controversy over the battle and the possible dereliction of Custer's ranking subordinates, Major Marcus A. Reno and Captain Frederick W. Benteen." Former owner' inked name and small name embossed on the front free fly leaf, lightly foxed at the first four pages, covers lightly rubbed, with light wear to the spine ends and corners else a very good, tight copy.

Inventory Number: 47218