TENTING ON THE PLAINS or General Custer in Kansas and Texas

(New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1889).

FIRST EDITION OF MRS. CUSTER'S BIOGRAPHICAL WORK ON HER HUSBAND, GENERAL GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER AS PRINTED FOR THE SERIES ON THE CIVIL WAR GENERALS. This edition is uniform with the MEMOIRS OF U. S. GRANT, MEMOIRS OF SHERMAN, MEMOIRS OF SHERIDAN, and several others.
After his death, Custer achieved the lasting fame that he had sought on the battlefield. The public saw him as a tragic military hero and exemplary gentleman who sacrificed his life for his country. Custer's wife, Elizabeth, who had accompanied him in many of his frontier expeditions, did much to advance this view with the publication of this and several other books about her late husband.
"Mrs. Custer has broken open and lavishly exposed her memories of military life with her husband in Texas and Kansas during the two years immediately following Lee's surrender... we are taken directly into her home, and share her daily hopes and fears..." Nation, 46: 455. Item #30275

First edition as part of Webster's "Shoulder Strap" series of books on the Union Civil War Generals, and being the second printing overall. Portrait engraving of General Custer on frontispiece with facsimile manuscript inscription, numerous black and white plates, including some by Frederic Remington, maps and black and white illustrations within the text. 8vo, publisher’s original "Shoulder Strap" green cloth, the upper cover with flags and decoration in gilt, red, blue, and white, the spine gilt lettered and epaulette two star epaulette in gilt and black, floral pattern endpapers. xxiii, 702. A handsome copy of one of the most difficult to find of Webster's 'Shoulder Strap" books, the green cloth nice and dark with no fading, the upper cover decoration with the colours only very lightly rubbed but with the gilt still bright, some light general age or mellowing but much less than one usually encounters, the hinges strong and tight, a good sign for this heavy book, the text completely free of any spotting or foxing.

Price: $650.00