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Pingenot Auction, Lot 323

323. ZOGBAUM, Rufus F. Horse, Foot, and Dragoons: Sketches of Army Life at Home and Abroad. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1888. 176 pp., tipped-in half-tone frontispiece on India proof paper, numerous other full-page and partial-page engraved illustrations by the author-artist. Royal 8vo, original dark blue gilt-pictorial cloth with military motifs, t.e.g. Minor shelf wear to extremities, a few inconsequential spots to binding, otherwise very fine and bright, with an extra copy of the India proof paper frontispiece laid in (this extra plate was issued with the book and is usually lacking). Pingenot described this copy as "rare in choice collector’s condition."
         First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Zogbaum) 95. Taft, Artists & Illustrators of the Old West, p. 183: "[Zogbaum] not only made many sketches on [his] trips, but he wrote frequently of his experiences so that we have a fuller record of his life in the West than we do of many of the artists and illustrators." Many of illustrations by Zogbaum will be found in Harper’s, but the present work, which reprints some of those articles and illustrations, contains some text and iconography not in Harper’s. Pingenot: Zogbaum was an illustrator who specialized in military and naval illustrations. He visited Montana, Indian Territory, and other Western locations for research purposes. Although the work includes sketches of army life in France, Great Britain, and Germany, the largest section deals with Army life in the American West. Zogbaum’s account of the hardships and excitement of being on the march with a cavalry column is second to none.