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Pingenot Auction, Lot 6

George Armes

6. ARMES, George A. Ups and Downs of an Army Officer. Washington, 1900. xix [1] 784 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait, numerous illustrations (some photographic). Large 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth stamped in silver. Minor shelf wear, generally fine and bright, much better condition than usually found.
        First edition. Eberstadt 115:95: "Adventures on the Colorado, Texas, and Kansas border from 1866 to 1881. Details the march from Fort Wallace to Fort Sedgwick; campaign against the Sioux; Indian campaigns on the Sabine; the great Buffalo Hunt of 1868; Fort Dodge in ’69, etc. Col. Armes spent some twenty-odd years fighting red men on his front and red tape to his rear. In both pursuits he was eminently successful. The quisquilious quibblings of the army bureaucracy are described with a minuteness and enthusiastic eclat quite in keeping with the tempo of the Colonel’s accounts of his forays against the savages further to the west. And rightly so—both were after his scalp." Graff 86. Howes A316. Nevins, Civil War Books I, p. 72. Rader 171. WLA, A Literary History of the West, p. 108: "Honors for the most unusual memoir certainly must go to George A. Armes, an officer who was court-martialed seven times....Ups and Downs gives the researcher an insight into a side of the army that is not usually exhibited." Includes Texas material from San Antonio, Abilene, Fort Stockton, Fort McKavett, Fort Concho, and other locations.