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Pingenot Auction, Lot 81

81. CRAWFORD, Lewis F. Rekindling Camp Fires. The Exploits of Ben Arnold (Connor)...An Authentic Narrative of Sixty Years in the Old West as Indian Fighter, Gold Miner, Cowboy, Hunter and Army Scout. Bismarck: Capital Book Co., 1926. 324 pp., frontispiece, portrait, map, plate. 8vo, original three-quarter morocco over cloth, gilt lettered spine, t.e.g. A lovely copy in publisher’s board slipcase.
        First edition, limited edition (#14 of 100 copies, signed by the author). Adams, Guns 509; Herd 607. Dobie, p. 101: "[Arnold] was squaw man, scout, trapper, soldier, deserter, prospector, and actor in other occupations as well as cowboy. He had a fierce sense of justice that extended to Indians. His outlook was wider than...the average ranch hand." Graff 912. Howes C872. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 95. Luther 40: "the experiences Crook’s messenger, Ben Arnold (Connor)...[who] carried the news of Custer’s defeat to Crook." Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 17. Rader 959. Smith 2100. Crawford was the father of late Western Americana bookseller Ken Crawford.