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Pingenot Auction, Lot 61

61. CARRINGTON, Margaret. Ab-Sa-Ra-Ka Home of the Crows: Being the Experience of an Officer’s Wife on the Plains.... Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1868. 284 pp., illustrations, folding map. 8vo, original cloth, blind fillet borders on sides, title in gilt on backstrip. A very fine copy.
        First edition. Field 244: "The most valuable portion of the book is that in which she gives the personal narrations of some restored captives, scarcely to be deemed happy in surviving the awful massacres of their families. They were all married women, who, having witnessed the slaughter of their husbands and children, were reserved by the savages for a worse fate. It is now well know, that although the Algonquin and Iroquois tribes never violated their female captives, the Indians of the Plains almost as invariably subject them to the most horrible personal outrages." Graff 596: "An excellent personal account fortified by invaluable additional material from the author’s husband, Colonel Henry B. Carrington." Howes C175. Jones 1504. Field 244. Malone, p. 2. Myres, Following the Drum, p. 6: "An extensive description of the flora, fauna, and native peoples of the northern plains along with an eye-witness account of the events leading up to and following the Fetterman ‘massacre’ at Fort Phil Kearny, 1866. Carrington expressed sympathy for the Indians involved in the affair." Smith 1536. One of the best army wife accounts of the West.