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Pingenot Auction, Lot 297


297. STEELE, James W. The Sons of the Border. Sketches of the Life and People of the Far Frontier. Topeka: Commonwealth Printing Co., 1873. 260 pp. 8vo, original terracotta gilt pictorial cloth. Near fine copy. Contemporary ownership inscription: "Ephraim Williams, U.S. Army, 1873" (Williams, a 1st lieutenant with the 5th Infantry, was breveted captain for "coolness, gallantry, and good conduct in action with Cheyenne Indians near Pawnee Fork, Kansas, September 23, 1867"—Heitman I, p. 1040).
         First edition. Dary, Kanzana 162. Eberstadt 115:920: "A splendid group of character sketches gleaned from personal observations on the southwestern frontier"; Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 456-57. Graff 3961: "Contains six stories omitted from the second edition (Frontier Army Sketches). Steele also wrote under the pseudonym Deane Monahan." Howes S922. Kansas Imprints Inventory 1170. Sabin 91122. Wright II 2353. With a copy of the second edition, retitled Frontier Sketches (Chicago: Jansen, McClurg & Company, 1883), 12mo, original dark brown pictorial cloth decorated in gold and black (endpaper mended and hinges reinforced).