PIKE, [JAMES] The Scout and Ranger: being the personal adventures of Corporal Pike of the Fourth Ohio Cavalry.
Cincinnati and New York: J. R. Hawley & Co., 1865. First edition. Contemporary half gilt-tooled morocco over marbled boards, the spine in five compartments separated by four raised gilt-stamped bands, gilt lettered in one. 8 x 5 1/4 inches (20.3 x 13 cm); [i]-x, 19-394 pp.; frontispiece, 24 plates. Generally worn and rubbed, upper joint starting, plates toned, scattered foxing.
One of fewer than 100 surviving copies of this book, the balance destroyed in the fire at Pike's Opera House in Cincinnati. The surviving copies were subjected to a great deal of heat, and the majority of which had to be rebound, as here. "This is the narrative of an intrepid Ohio soldier, and illustrates a phase of army life that is as sensational and dangerous as it is useful and necessary. The reliability of the author's statements and service is certified to by the officers under whose orders he acted" (Ryan). "This is a remarkable narrative, surprisingly true in its main discussions" (Coulter). Basic Texas Books 162; Coulter 372; Graff 3286; Howes P369; Ryan 562; Sabin 62818.
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