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Pingenot Auction, Lot 118

118. FRY, James B. Army Sacrifices; or, Briefs from Official Pigeon-Holes. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1879. 254 [2] ads pp. 12mo, original red cloth, decorated in gilt and black. Front endpaper scuffed where bookplate removed, otherwise an outstanding copy.
        First edition and the true first issue without the illustrations that were later added. Cowan, p. 227. Decker, Forty-four 152: "A very elusive little book with probably the best and most accurate appraisal of the Indian fights and fighters on the American frontier." Graff 1458. Howes F399. Pingenot: Contains chapters on the Fetterman Massacre, Forsyth’s Fight, the Grattan Massacre, the Canby Massacre (Modoc War), Gunnison’s Massacre, the Penitentes, a voyage to Oregon in 1848, etc.