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Pingenot Auction, Lot 84

84. CUSTER, Elizabeth A. Tenting on the Plains; or General Custer in Kansas and Texas. New York: Charles L. Webster Co., 1889. xvi, 702 pp., engraved plates, map. Large 8vo, original gilt pictorial cloth. Minor shelf wear to spinal extremities and lower edge, a bright, beautiful copy.
        First edition. Dary, Kanzana 235. Dustin 77. Luther, High Spots of Custer 5: "The writings of Elizabeth Custer are well worth reading for their picture of frontier army life and for tracing Custer’s career on the western plains. Mrs. Custer was a charming and talented woman who idolized her husband." Myres, Following the Drum, p. 7. Rader 1009. Raines, p. 60: "An interesting account of army life on the Indian border." Pingenot: Although written by Custer’s widow to defend her husband’s honor, she succeeds more in giving a wonderful picture of life in Western army posts from a woman’s point of view. Included are several chapters on her stay in Austin and commentary on the state of lawlessness in Texas at that time.