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43. BOYD, Mrs. Orsemus Bronson [Frances Anne
Mullen Boyd]. Cavalry Life in Tent and Field. New
York: J. Selwin Tait & Sons, 1894. 376 pp.,
photographic frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original
gilt-lettered blue pictorial cloth. Some edge wear and
moderate foxing (latter confined to first two signatures),
overall very good. Presentation inscribed by the author on
the front free endpaper: "O.E.H./ from/ F.A.B./ Dec. 25,
1896." Very scarce.
First edition. Graff 374. Howes B674. Rader 437. Pingenot: One of the best accounts of army life at frontier forts from a womans viewpoint. Her life as the wife of a cavalry officer spanned almost twenty years, from 1867 to 1885, at posts in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Her descriptions of Santa Fe, Fort Bayard, New Mexico, and Fort Clark near the Texas border are rich in detail and imagery.