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Pingenot Auction, Lot 360

360. [BLACK HISTORY IN THE WEST]. Lot of 8 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

AMOS, Preston. Above and Beyond in the West, Black Medal of Honor Winners, 1870-1890. Falls Church: Pioneer America Society Press, 1974. Illustrations. Wrappers.

FLIPPER, Henry O. Negro Frontiersman: The Western Memoirs of Henry O. Flipper, First Negro Graduate of West Point. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1963. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 8vo, original cloth. Fine in a very fine d.j. Autographed by Carl Hertzog, the typographer, on the verso of the title-page.
         First edition. Edited with an introduction by Theodore D. Harris. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 161: "Only 125 copies were bound in cloth." Pingenot: One of the few personal frontier accounts written by a Negro. Flipper was the first of his race to graduate from West Point. After serving with the Army at Forts Sill, Elliott, and Davis, he became a mining engineer in the Southwest and Mexico.

JOHNSON, Barry C. Flipper’s Dismissal: The Ruin of Lt. Henry O. Flipper, U.S.A., First Coloured Graduate of West Point. London: Privately Printed, [1980]. Original cloth. Near mint and without d.j. as issued.
         First edition, limited edition (150 numbered copies). Pingenot: The first scholarly account of the circumstances surrounding the military trial on the Texas frontier in 1881 which became, ninety years later, a minor cause celebre. The author quotes passages from the court-martial record in this thoroughly annotated work. Included too are the revisionist Congressional reviews of the mid-1970s vindicating Flipper along with the author’s conclusions. An important study and, by virtue of the small printing, destined to become rare.

KATZ, William Loren. The Black West: A Documentary and Pictorial History of the African American Role in the Westward Expansion of the United States. New York: Touchstone, 1987. Illustrations. Wrappers. Mint.

KINEVAN, Marcos. Frontier Cavalryman: Lt. John Bigelow with the Buffalo Soldiers in Texas. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1997. Photographic illustrations. Cloth. Mint in d.j..
         First edition. Pingenot: Based on Bigelow’s own writings of frontier army life in a black regiment at Fort Duncan and Fort Stockton in the 1870s.

LECKIE, William H. The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Negro Cavalry in the West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967. Illustrations, map. Original yellow cloth. Fine in a very good d.j.
First edition.

NANKIVELL, John H. History of the Twenty-fifth Regiment United States Infantry 1869-1926. Fort Collins: Old Army Press, [1972]. Illustrations, maps. 8vo, cloth, gilt. Very fine. Signed by the editor John M. Carroll.
         Reprint. A modern military rarity in the first edition. It preserves forgotten pages in American military history on Black soldiers, including "Chapter I. The Colored Soldier in the Service of the United States prior to 1866.

SCHUBERT, Frank N. Black Valor: Buffalo Soldiers and the Medal of Honor, 1870-1898. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 1997. Cloth. Mint in d.j.

(8 vols.)