A scarce first edition, first 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 along bottom edge of cloth, slight lean to text block. Brown endpapers, solid text block. Previous ownership notation on title page. The first edition, first state of Boots and Saddles, with no mention of map or frontispiece on title page. Interestingly this copy includes a frontispiece portrait of Custer, but with no map. The second state includes a frontispiece portrait and map of the Dakota Territories. (Howes C980). A unique mixed state of Boots and Saddles.
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.