First edition, second state of Boots and Saddles by Elizabeth B. Custer.
Octavo, 312pp. Brown cloth, title in gilt on spine, decorative illustrations stamped on front panel. Wear to cloth at tips of spine, shelf wear along bottom edge of boards. Brown endpapers, bookplate previously removed, solid text block. The first edition, second state of Boots and Saddles, with a map of the Dakota Territories and frontispiece. (Howes C980)
After President Ulysses S. Grant publicly blamed General Custer for the disaster at Little Big Horn, Elizabeth Custer, the General’s wife, took on the role of his public defender. Beginning with her book, Boots and Saddles in 1885, she would go on to publish three books about the life of her martyred husband. This work is the first book of the trilogy written by Mrs. Custer.