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Pingenot Auction, Lot 96

96. DYER, Mrs. D. B. "Fort Reno" or Picturesque "Cheyenne and Arrapahoe Army Life," Before the Opening of "Oklahoma." New York: G. W. Dillingham, 1896. 216 pp., frontispiece, 10 photographic plates. 12mo, original dark blue cloth, stamped in black and gilt. Minor shelf rubbing, otherwise fine. The Josey copy with their bookplate.
        First edition. Eberstadt 114:601: "One of the few authoritative narratives of army-post life in Indian Territory and among the Indians in the early days. The author was the wife of the first mayor of Oklahoma City. Her book, printed in a small edition is a desideratum." Graff 1191: "The author’s husband...resented certain allusions to his conduct and succeeded in destroying many copies." Graff 1191. Howes D619. Rader 1250. Pingenot: The experiences of an Indian agent’s wife. Mrs. Dyer’s husband, Colonel Dyer, the first mayor of Oklahoma City, so resented his wife’s allusions to his conduct in her book that he divorced her and succeeded in having most of the books destroyed; thus creating a rarity. Mrs. Dyer was the daughter of Dr. N. R. Casey of Illinois.($150-300)