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Pingenot Auction, Lot 368

368. [CUSTER, GEORGE ARMSTRONG]. Lot of 9 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

BARNETT, Louise. Touched by Fire: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer. New York: Henry Holt, 1996. Illustrations. Cloth over boards. Near mint in d.j. Review clipping laid in.
         First edition. Pingenot: A vivid account of an American legend, a remarkable marriage, and the turbulence of our nation on the verge of its Centennial. Touched by Fire is an insightful biography that is also a nuanced portrait of Custer. Author Barnett demonstrates how the conflicting views of Custer, his character, and his defeat speak more to the "contradictory needs of the national psyche than to the contradictory realities of his life."

BRILL, Charles J. Conquest of the Southern Plains. Oklahoma City: Golden Saga Publishers, 1938. Frontispiece, illustrations. Pebble cloth with gilt title on spine. Fine.
         First edition. Dustin 306. Luther 19: "A vitriolic attack on Custer and the army war policy." Pingenot: Brill was not kind to Custer or any of his followers; states in part that he killed more women and children than warriors; never took a prisoner other than old men, squaws, and papooses; he never won a battle with the Indians; he was also a Democrat! The late John Carroll frothed at the mouth at the mere mention of this slanted attack work which is mostly concerned with the Battle of the Washita.

BYRNE, P. E. Soldiers of the Plains. New York: Minton, Balch & Company, 1926. Original cloth. Library label on front free endpaper. Very good.
         First edition. Pingenot: Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Custer disaster, this work tries to give the Indian his due by looking into the causes of the Indian wars revealing the lamentable history of our relations, a sordid tale of treaty-breaking and bad faith. Covers Crook’s battle with Crazy Horse, the Little Big Horn, Chief Joseph and the Nez Percés, etc.

DIPPIE, Brian W. and Hutton, Paul A. The Comic Book Custer: A Bibliography of Custeriana in Comic Books and Comic Strips. Publication Number 4 Brazos Corral of the Westerners, n.d. Wrappers. Signed by both authors & L. A. Maddox, Sheriff, Brazos Corral Westerners.
Limited edition (550 copies).

Entrenchment Trail. Custer Battlefield National Monument. Montana. [OSGPO, 1967]. Illustrated. Brochure.
         Guide to the national monument.

HEDREN, Paul. King on Custer: An Annotated Bibliography. Publication Number 2, Brazos Corral of the Westerners, n.d. Wrappers. Fine. Signed by author and L. A. Maddox, sheriff, Brazos Corral of the Westerners.

McCLERNAND, Edward J. On Time for Disaster: The Rescue of Custer’s Command. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1989. Photographs, illustrations, facsimiles, maps. Pictorial wrappers. Fine.
         Reprint. First Bison printing.

UTLEY, Robert M. Custer Battlefield National Monument, Montana. Washington: Office of Publications, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1969. Photographs, illustrations. Pictorial wrappers. Fine.
         First edition.

WELCH, James. Killing Custer. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1994. Frontispiece, illustrations, endpaper maps. Cloth. Mint in pictorial d.j. Norton news release for the book laid in.
         First edition.

(9 vols.)
($125-250)