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    William Ludlow. Report of a Reconnaissance of the Black Hills of Dakota Made in the Summer of 1874. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1875). First edition. 4to. 121 pp. Three large folding maps (one hand colored). Many geological profile diagrams. One black and white plate of fossils. Brown cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to spine. Corners bumped. Some frying to spine at head and foot. Hinges cracked, but holding. Overall, a very good copy.

    This expedition was placed under the command of Lieut. Col. G. A. Custer, and managed to provide more information on the region then the hitherto "vague and sometimes highly-colored reports from Indians and stray frontiersmen," as the report summarizes. The previous owner, J. G. Warren, wrote his name in the book (dated Dec. 1881) on the front free endpaper, and again, on the title page. Lieutenant Warren, Corps of Engineers, had traveled the region almost twenty years previously during a series of expeditions that had resulted in the standard map before that of Ludlow's. In this copy, two sentences have been neatly crossed out with an ink pen (by Warren?) where Ludlow casts some doubts on the veracity of the measurements of Warren's map.

    Dustin 173. Howes L558.

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