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Pingenot Auction, Lot 221

221. MILES, Nelson A. Personal Recollections and Observations of General Nelson A. Miles...Copiously Illustrated with Graphic Pictures by Frederic Remington and Other Eminent Artists. Chicago: Werner Co., 1896. [6] 590 pp., frontispiece portrait, numerous plates and text illustrations (engraved and photographic). 4to, original brown pictorial cloth stamped in gold, black and silver. Spinal extremities and edges lightly worn, front hinge cracked, a few signatures loose, contemporary ownership inscription. Very clean and bright, inside and out.
         First edition, first issue (title as "General" under portrait). Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Remington) 849. Graff 2789. Harvard Guide to American History, p. 414. Howes M595. Luther, High Spots of Custer 129: "Fairly strongly pro-Custer...useful in presenting the views of a successful Indian fighter on some of the controversial points." Munk (Alliott), p. 152. Nevins, Civil War Books I, p. 130. Prucha, Indian-White Relations 4637. Saunders 3051. Smith 6791. Pingenot: Miles (1839-1925) saw action all over the West as well as during the Civil War. He was with the 9th Cavalry in Texas at Fort Clark in 1873; the Red River War against the Kiowa, Comanche, and Southern Cheyenne Indians, Nez Perce, Sioux, Geronimo Campaign, Ghost Dance, Wounded Knee, etc. Miles was vain, pompous, and dogmatic. Theodore Roosevelt called him a ‘brave peacock’ (Lamar, p. 731). He had few defeats but was self-advancing and sometimes controversial. Some of the illustrations are of scenes in Texas.