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Unique association copy. Octavo (20 cm), pp. [ii], iii-x, 1-355. Fourth edition, revised and enlarged. Green cloth boards with gilt titling. Frontispiece, 31 black and white illustrative plates laid-in, 35 x 24 cm folded map tipped-in, appendix and index. Minor bumping and edge wear. No jacket.This copy was apparently owned by General J. Franklin Bell as his signature along with "U.S. Army, July 1904" is hand-written in ink on the front free endpaper. General Bell was originally a member of the 7th Cavalry (though on personal leave during the Wounded Knee Massacre), earned a Medal of Honor in the Philippines in 1899, and became Chief of the Army General Staff in 1904. (Wikipedia and Facing the Frontier: The Missions, Soldiers and Civilians of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas). A close comparison of the inscription in this book with other examples of Bell's signature and handwriting led to the conclusion of his previous ownership. According to Gordon B. Dodds in Hiram Martin Chittenden: His Public Career, Bell helped Chittenden out of a legal jam of mysterious origin (p. 146) and Chittenden's promotion to Brigadeer General, days before illness forced his retirement, was assisted by Bell. (p. 153).During Chittenden's tenure as a Captain with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Yellowstone, he was responsible for numerous construction and improvement projects, most notably the famous Roosevelt Arch at the park's north entrance.
Title: The Yellowstone National Park Historical and Descriptive
Publisher: Cincinnati, Robert Clarke Co.: 1904
Book Condition: Very good
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 26195