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    Chief Geronimo: A Very Rare Signed Copy of Geronimo's Autobiography Geronimo's Story of His Life Taken Down and Edited by S.M. Barrett, Superintendent of Education, Lawton, Oklahoma. (New York: Duffield & Company, 1906). First edition. Boldly signed by the Apache Chief on the front fly-leaf, together with signatures by Christian Naiche, the nominal chief of the Chiricahua Apaches, and Asa Dahklugie, Geronimo's personal interpreter (all three Apache signers are featured in photographs in the book). Octavo (7.5" x 5"). Xxvii, 216 pp. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Geronimo, and with other portraits of Geronimo and photos of prominent Apache leaders and their family members. Publisher's brown cloth, stamped in blind and lettered in off-white on the front cover and spine. Lettering on spine somewhat rubbed off, light wear and rubbing to binding edges, rear hinge just starting but sound, front hinge repaired and slightly over-opened after the front free endpaper. Endpapers lightly browned from previous materials having been laid in. Sheets are clean and bright. Altogether, an excellent copy in very good condition. A genuine rarity, there are very few known examples of this autobiography signed by Geronimo. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell case, book-back with four raised bands and lettered and ruled in gilt. Laid into a pocket on the inside of the clamshell is a letter of provenance from noted Custer historian David H. Miller on his letterhead: "January 3, 1991, This is to certify that this book, Geronimo's Story of his Life, edited by S.M. Barrett and published in 1906 by Duffield & Company in New York City, was obtained, according to family history, by my late uncle Wilbur Ray Humphreys, who passed it along to me several decades ago. Well aware of my life-long interest in American Indians, he told me that while en route to the Univers



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