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Pingenot Auction, Lot 40

40. BOURKE, John G. An Apache Campaign in the Sierra Madre. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1886. vi, 112 + [16] pp., frontispiece, 12 engraved plates. 12mo, original brick-colored pictorial cloth with gilt title on spine. Minor shelfwear and rubbing to spinal extremities, else fine.
        First edition. Graff 365. Howes B652. "[Bourke was] one of the last in the tradition of humanist-scientific military officers who recorded the American West....[His] historical work is vivid, observant, and humorous, and his ethnological studies remain invaluable to modern scholars" (Lamar, p. 117). Munk (Alliott), p. 35. Rader 424. Pingenot: A vivid account of Crook’s expedition to the Sierra Madre in 1883 to subdue the Chiricahua Apaches who were terrorizing Arizona settlers. The author, an army officer of wide experience among the Indians of New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico, methodically recorded the customs of the Indians he observed. One of the scarcer Bourke titles.