Tales of the Trail [Charles Lummis' copy]. Colonel Henry INMAN, Charles Fletcher LUMMIS.
Tales of the Trail [Charles Lummis' copy]

Tales of the Trail [Charles Lummis' copy]

Topeka: Crane & Company, 1898. First Thus. Cloth. 8vo. Publisher's decorated cloth with gilt on spine and cover. Numerous text illustrations throughout. 280 pp.
This copy was owned by journalist and Indian rights activist Charles Fletcher Lummis and bears his bookplate inside front cover and signature on front free endpaper. Pasted on front free endpaper is a (quite critical) newspaper review of this book from The Nation. Title page has 2 small tears on top edge and an additional Lummis signature. Very minor edge wear. An excellent copy, near fine.
This is a scarce first edition of Col. Inman's (1837-1899) influential memoir, previously owned by Charles Lummis (1859-1928). Inman wrote several memoirs of his time serving in the Indian campaigns (particularly his time serving under Gen. Custer) and the Civil War. He was also an associate of Buffalo Bill, who co-authored several of Inman's books. Lummis was a very influential activist and journalist, serving as editor of the Los Angeles Times until a stroke paralyzed him. An excellent copy with fascinating provenance.
A previous edition was printed as Stories of the Old Santa Fe Trail, which did not include pictures. This is the first edition of the illustrated and retitled edition. Not to be confused with Inman's more common The Old Santa Fe Trail. (Howes I58; Wikipedia). Near fine. Item #1622

Price: $130.00