Absaraka (Ab-sa-ra-ka) Home of the Crows
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liii and 354 p. This is No. 48 in the Lakeside Classic series, which began in 1903. R.R. Donnelley published a reprint of a classic historical work each year, in a fine edition. The books were given as gifts to Donnelley employees and have never been available for sale except in the secondary market. In good condition, they are highly prized and a set of several them is a beautiful addition to a library. Each book contains a Publisher's Preface that gives background on the selection and publication of the book and on the status of the company, established in 1864 and now the world's largest commercial publisher. The complete title of this work is, "Being the Experience of an Officer's Wife on the Plains, and Marking the Vicissitudes of Peril and Pleasure during the Occupation of the New Route to Virginia, City, Montana, 1866-7, and the Indian Hostility thereto; with Outlines of the Natural Features and Resources of the Land, Tables of Distances, Maps, and Other Aids to the Traveler; Gathered from Observation and Other Reliable Sources;" it was first published in 1868. The noted historian Milo Quaife wrote historical introductions, footnotes, indexes, etc., for many of the classics. In this case he argues that "At the close of every war, triumphant America proceeds, with indecent haste and incredible folly, to destroy her armed forces. So it was in 1865 when the Grand Army of the Republic was so completely obliterated that a few thousand savages of the western Plains could challenge victoriously the armed might of the United States." Col. Henry B. Carrington led the troops and, despite their small numbers, they prevailed over the Indians. Quaife details the disarray and friction within the U.S. Army as enlistments expired and changes were made; between various levels and departments of government over Indian policies, especially who was or should be in charge; and rivalries and wars among the Indian tribes. He also gives background history of the U.S. subjugation of the Native Americans and acquisition of their lands with their valuable minerals and other resources and of the Indians hostility because of broken promises and the ensuing hunger and hardship. Dark red hard cover, gilt titles, top edges gilt, fold out map, fine portraits of Col. and Mrs. Carrington, with tissue covers protecting plates, notes, appendix, index, all fine. Original cellophane dust cover has chips and tears, is missing pieces on the spine, and has split into two pieces along the left edge of the spine. Bookseller Inventory # LC48MC
Title: Absaraka (Ab-sa-ra-ka) Home of the Crows
Publisher: Chicago: The Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Christmas, 1950
Publication Date: 1950
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Poor
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