Excellent condition collectible book. Printing flaw does not allow an exact date in the book. (see pictures). A few pages have come loose and very few have minor damage. 7.75" by 5.75" by 1.625" 600 pages. Original, nicely bound and decorated book published just after the massacre of Native Americans at the "battle" of Wounded Knee. It appears to be at least to a degree a somewhat one sided, not wholly, (see section on causes of the 1862 "Dakotah War" which discusses the perfidy of White traders, the seizing of land, governmental failures to live up to treaty obligations, Native American hunger prior to attacks, etc.) sensational-leaning account of warfare and relations between various Native American tribes and White settlers from the early 17th century to time of publication. Considerable emphasis on warfare, attacks, scalping, murders, rape, torture, etc., one example depicted on front board. Front board embossed in gold, black and maroon, two-tone illustrations of chiefs, many other b&w illustrations throughout of battles, notable persons, locales. Commentary on ideas of "civilizing of the savages," some reasonably humane if over simplified, much commentary on Native customs, culture, and of course much comment on military issues. Marbled page ends. This is a very rare book, lightly worn but still impressive, a fascinating glimpse into the tragic events and times it deals with and in which it was published.
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