Thick Octavo, x, 648pp. Publishers original green cloth, embossed illustrations, title in gilt on spine and cover, illustrated front panel with image of Custer in decorative gilt. Light rubbing to bottom cloth edge. Frontispiece portrait of Custer, tissue covered. 16 illustrated plates and maps. Issued without dust jacket. The first edition was also issued in brown cloth, but no priority is established. An exceptional copy, with bright illustrations and decorative gilt.
Comments: A Complete Life of Gen. George A. Custer was published a few months after his defeat at Little Big Horn and includes a chapter on the battle. According to the Tal Luther (Custer High Spots), “…in addition to being the first [biography of Custer], this work is important as it served to stir up public controversy over the battle and the possible dereliction of Custer’s ranking subordinates.”