St. Joseph, Mo. Combe Printing Company, 1894. First edition. Near fine. Hardcover. Item #21690 .
Thick 8vo. xii,13-545pp. Blue pictorial cloth blocked in black, brown and gilt, with title and vignette on the spine, and the title and an artist rendering of the scout on horseback on the upper board. Illustrated with full page plates. Nearly invisibly rebacked retaining the original backstrip. Indeed it is difficult to see the reback in other than raking light, but the endpapers are clearly newer, and sympathetic to the original. Light rubbing to the cloth at the edges and corners, the textblock is toned with age. With 67 of 68 plates, lacking the plate of Cloud's Peak introducing chapter XI.
According to a bookseller's description of another copy on the front pastedown, very nearly the entire edition was lost in a flood, quoting Huntington No. 231.
While a mail carrier in Montana, Frank Grouard was captured by the Sioux, During the six years he was with them he learned their language and was familiar with Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. Grouard served as a scout for Gen. Crook during the Sioux Campaign of 1876. The author relates not only the personal experiences of Grouard but also his account of events such as the Battle of the Little Bighorn as told to Grouard by participants.
Howes D-183; Streeter V-3090, which repeats the flood destruction.