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Pingenot Auction, Lot 396

396. [MILITARY HISTORY: MEDICAL]. Lot of 9 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

ASHBURN, Percy M. A History of the Medical Department of the United States Army. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1929. Illustrations. Former owner’s bookplate. Original cloth. Fine with a fine d.j.
         First edition. Venzon 677: "Contends statutes and appropriations caused the lack of supplies and personnel within the Department. Problems caused by Quartermaster’s mishandling of medical supplies. Believes typhoid epidemic was rooted in ignorance of etiology. Covers treatment of wounded, praises Red Cross volunteers and applauds findings of Dodge Commission."

BYRNE, Bernard J. A Frontier Army Surgeon: Life in Colorado in the Eighties. New York: Exposition Press, [1962]. Illustrations with drawings. Cloth. Fine copy in a near fine d.j.
         Revised edition. Howes B-1078. Not in Graff. Pingenot: Frontier experiences of a pioneer surgeon in Colorado and New Mexico in the 1880’s as told to his wife. He performed an autopsy on "the last white man to be shot with an arrow" and sent the rib with the arrowhead embedded in it to the Army Medical Museum in Washington. Includes a brief section on General Custer. The first edition, published in an edition of only 130 copies, is virtually unprocurable.

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, colophon page, folding 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. Author’s copy, presented by the publisher.
         First edition, limited edition (#2 of 250 numbered copies signed by the author). 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.

KOBER, George M. Reminiscences of George Martin Kober, M.D., LL.D. Washington: Georgetown University, 1930. Illustrations. Original red cloth with title in gilt on spine and front cover. Fine copy.
         First edition. Volume one was the only issue published. Howes K231: "Includes his western experiences as an army surgeon." Not in Graff, Smith, or Soliday. Pingenot: His biography contains a section on the Modoc and Bannock Indian wars and also includes the pursuit and capture of Chief Joseph and the Nez Percés. The biographical sketches of medical officers on the frontier are illuminating as are his descriptions of army posts in the West. Numerous Texas forts are described. Also included is a report of a cholera epidemic among the troops en route from New York to San Francisco. A very valuable work.

LAUFE, Abe (editor). An Army Doctor’s Wife on the Frontier: Letters from Alaska and the Far West. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1962. Frontispiece, portraits. Tall 8vo, original cloth in a slightly chipped but very good d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Letters of Emily FitzGerald, an assistant surgeon at the U.S. Military Academy, who was ordered to Sitka, Alaska. She was one of the first white women to live in Alaska less than a decade after its purchase by the U.S. from Russia. Later, the FitzGeralds were transferred to Fort Lapwai in present-day Idaho, where they faced an Indian uprising. Her letters provide a valuable contribution giving firsthand information about methods of travel, the hardships on the northern frontier, and a woman’s viewpoint of existence in a western fort.

McKAY, R[obert] H. Little Pills, an Army Story: Being Some Experiences of a United States Army Medical Officer on the Frontier...Half a Century Ago. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Headlight, 1918. 3 plates. Very fine in the original khaki cloth, title in black on cover.
         First edition. Graff 2618: "Detailed pictures of life at Army posts in New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, etc., after the Civil War." Howes M122. Rader 2305. Rittenhouse 389: "Personal memoirs of an Army doctor in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado, 1869-76. He describes a stage trip from the end of the railroad at Sheridan, Kans., 400 miles to Santa Fe....Good description of fellow officers as types." Pingenot: McKay entered service in 1869 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where General Sheridan was commanding the Department of the Missouri. His narrative covers a period of six years on the plains among soldiers, pioneers, and Indians.

PARKER, William Thornton. Annals of Old Fort Cummings, New Mexico 1867-8. Fort Davis: Frontier Book Company, 1968. Illustrations, facsimile. Cloth. Issued without d.j. Fine.
Reprint of Howes P93.

TOUSEY, Thomas G. Military History of Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks. Richmond: The Dietz Press, 1939. xvi, 447 pp., frontispiece, illustrations, charts. Tall 8vo, original maize linen cloth. Autographed by Colonel Tousey on the front free endpaper.
         First edition.

UNITED STATES. WAR DEPARTMENT. (Surgeon General’s Office). A Report on the Hygiene of the United States Army, with Descriptions of Military Posts. Circular No. 8. Washington: Surgeon-General’s Office, 1875. [60], 567 pp., folding map, 12 plans. 4to, Rebound in blue library buckram, very good.
         Graff 4443. Howes B450.

(9 vols.)
($400-700)