New York: Harper & Brothers, 1885. First edition. Hardcover. Small 8vo. 312 pp. Bound in tan buckram cloth lettered in gilt and stamped with gilt and black decorations on the front board and the spine. The front board is lettered in gilt with a trumpet and a sunrise stamped in gilt on the front board. This is a variant issue which includes a frontispiece of George Armstrong Custer and the map of portions of Montana and Dakota. The title page reads: "With Portrait and a Map". A majority of the references cite the variant with both the portrait and map as the later issue. Elizabeth Custer strove to create a heroic perception for George Armstrong Custer after his failure at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Graff 959, 960. Graham 74. Howes C980. Luther 13. Rader 1010. A lovely copy of the first of Elizabeth Custer's three books that describes her and her husband's lives during the military campaigns against the Sioux and their allies. Near Fine. Item #00008031
A Near Fine book with a contemporary owner's inscription on the front pastedown (and a note on the front endpaper) along with a few hints of rubbing to the extremities.