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Pingenot Auction, Lot 390

390. [MILITARY BIOGRAPHY, Lot 1]. Lot of 18 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

ANDREWS, Avery Delano. John J. Pershing My Friend and Classmate, with Notes from My War Diary. The Military Service Publishing Company, 1939. 2 pp. Season’s Greetings card signed by Pershing. D.j.

ARNOLD, H. H. Global Mission: General of the Air Force. "Hap" Arnold, Commander-in-Chief of the Greatest Air Force the World Has Ever Seen.... New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949. D.j.
         First edition.

ATHEARN, Robert G. William Tecumseh Sherman and the Settlement of the West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1956]. Illustrations, map. Cloth. Fine copy in a good d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The eighteen year career of Sherman, following the Civil War, in which he was successively in command of the Military Division of the Missouri (comprising most of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountain areas) and General of the Army of the United States under President Grant. These were the years of savage raiding by Indians and with a handful of troops, Sherman was expected to "insure the tranquility" of the vast region under his command.

BARNETT, Louise. Touched by Fire: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer. New York: Henry Holt, 1996. Illustrations. Near mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A vivid account of an American legend, a remarkable marriage, and the turbulence of our nation on the verge of its Centennial, Touched by Fire is an insightful biography that is also a nuanced portrait of Custer. Author Barnett demonstrates how the conflicting views of Custer, his character, and his defeat speak more to the "contradictory needs of the national psyche than to the contradictory realities of his life."

BARROWS, Edward M. The Great Commodore: The Exploits of Matthew Calbraith Perry. New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1935. Frontispiece portrait, plates, endpaper maps. Original blue cloth, gilt title. Minor wear and spinal fading.
         First edition. Tutorow 3740. Pingenot: Matthew Perry (1794-1858) served in the War of 1812, helped destroy pirates in the West Indies, pioneered in establishing a course of instruction at Annapolis, promoted the use of steam warships, commanded the American squadron to Africa to help suppress the slave trade, and commanded the naval forces on the east coast of Mexico, 1846-47, sharing with General Scott credit for the capitulation of Vera Cruz. His most notable accomplishment was negotiating a treaty with Japan in 1854, a country then closed to the West, which granted American trading rights at Hakodate and Shimoda.

BARTLETT, David Vandewater Golden. The Life of Gen. Frank. Pierce, of New-Hampshire, the Democratic Candidate for President of the United States. Auburn & Buffalo: Derby & Miller, 1852. 300 pp., frontispiece portrait. Original embossed cloth, gilt pictorial spine. Some wear and foxing else very good.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided, 657. Tutorow 3741. Pingenot: After declining an offer to serve in Polk’s cabinet, Pierce enlisted as a private, but was appointed a brigadier general and joined Scott at Puebla. Chapter 7, covering the Mexican War period, contains considerable detail on his trip to Vera Cruz and how he led his troops. Many quotes from fellow officers and newspaper editorials all designed to make Pierce a great hero.

BISBEE, William Henry. Through Four American Wars: The Impressions and Experiences of Brigadier General William Henry Bisbee.... Boston: Meador,1931. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Minor rubbing to extremities else a good copy in original cloth. Autographed on the front free endpaper: "William H. Bisbee Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
         First edition. Graff 305. Pingenot: Though showing some external wear, this is still a sound copy of the life of an American soldier who enlisted in the Civil War, fought at Shiloh, Stone River, Kenesaw Mountain, and the siege of Atlanta; after the war served at Fort Kearney and fought against the Sioux and Arapahoe; and in the Spanish American War served in Cuba and the Philippines, retiring as a brigadier general in 1902.

BISBEE, William Henry. Through Four American Wars: The Impressions and Experiences of Brigadier General William Henry Bisbee.... Boston: Meador,1931. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Original cloth. Gilt on spine slightly faded, else fine.
         First edition. Graff 305.

BODE, E. A. A Dose of Frontier Soldiering: The Memoirs of Corp. E. A. Bode, Frontier Regular Infantry, 1877-1882. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994. Cloth. Mint copy in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Fine military memoirs by an enlisted frontier regular, with much on Indians of the Southwest, forts, cowboys, etc.

BOOTH, Ewing E. My Observations and Experiences in the United States Army. Los Angeles: Privately printed by author, [1944]. Frontispiece portrait, portraits. Original three-quarter black calf with gilt title on cover and spine.
         First edition.

BRIMLOW, George F. Cavalryman Out of the West: Life of General William Carey Brown. Caldwell: Caxton, 1944. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Cloth. Very good to fine in chipped d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Fine military biography of the forty-five year army career of General Brown, including his cadet days at West Point, the Bannock Indian War of 1878, the last campaign against the Sioux, his duty in Arizona, the Spanish American War, and the Pershing Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa.

CARLSON, Paul H. Pecos Bill. A Military Biography of William R. Shafter. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1989. D.j. Signed.

CARLSON, Paul H. William R. Shafter, Military Commander in the American West: A Dissertation in History. [Lubbock], 1973. Maroon boards, gilt title on spine. 4to typescript dissertation.

CARROLL, John M. The 7th U.S. Cavalry’s Own Colonel Tommy Tompkins: A Military Heritage and Tradition. Mattituck & Bryan: J. M. Carroll & Company, 1994. Photographic plates. Blue cloth with bronze-colored metal corners. Fine in pictorial d.j. Signed.
         First edition.

COMFORT, Will Levington. Trooper Tales: A Series of Sketches of the Real American Private Soldier. New York: Street & Smith, [1899]. Frontispiece, illustrations. Original pictorial cloth. Edges worn with some rubbing.
         First edition. Wright 1159 (listing five locations). Chapter titles include "New Recruit in the Black Cavalry," "The Silent Trooper," "Red Brennan of the Seventh," "Back to San Anton’," "The Story of a Cavalry Horse," "The Aberration of Private Brown," etc. Scarce.

CORBUSIER, William T. Verde to San Carlos: Recollections of a Famous Army Surgeon and His Observant Family on the Southwestern Frontier 1869-1886. Tucson: Dale Stuart King, [1969]. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations, map. Original blue suede cloth over gold boards (to simulate dress uniform of the nineteenth-century army), gilt title on spine and cover. Mint in publisher’s slipcase. Signed.
         First edition, limited edition (#2 of 250 copies). See Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography I:322-23. Pingenot: A fine military biography by the youngest son (1882-1973) of Col. W. H. Corbusier, a frontier army doctor. It is based on his father’s journal and it covers the period from 1869 to 1888. Corbusier served extensively in the West; was post surgeon at Camp Verde, Arizona, 1873-75, where he accompanied a reconnaissance and scout against hostile Apaches; later served at Pine Ridge Reservation, S.D., 1878-80; then to Fort Washakie, Wyoming, for work among the Shoshone and Banncock Indians. Duty in the east was followed by service at Forts Bowie and Grant, Arizona; Fort Hays, Kansas, and Fort Lewis, Colorado.

CRESAP, Bernard. Appomattox Commander: The Story of General E. O. C. Ord. New York: A. S. Barnes & Company, [1981]. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations, maps. Cloth. Very fine to mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: More than just a Civil War biography, Ord had a fascinating military career spanning the 45 years from his entry into West Point in 1855 to his retirement in 1880. He served in California during the Mexican War and fought Indians in Florida, Oregon, and Washington territories. As commander in Texas in the late 1870s, Ord skillfully confronted lawlessness and Indian marauders to bring stability to the Rio Grande frontier.

HAGEDORN, Hermann. Leonard Wood: A Biography. New York: Harper & Bros., 1931. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 2 vols., original cloth, gilt title. Some wear to spine ends. Internally fine. Very good overall.
         First edition.

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