New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, (1956). Limited Edition. 1 of 50. Paintings, some color. Leather. Octavo. , vii-x, 302 pages. Fine. Copy #26 of 50 copies printed and bound in Arizona cowhide specially for the limited edition subscribers of Arizona Silhouettes.
Chamberlain's memoir details his personal adventures in Mexico and the American Southwest before, during, and after the Mexican War. It is the primary source for Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece, Blood Meridian. Chamberlain apparently wrote this memoir between the years 1855 and 1861, when he again joined the army during the Civil War. The content here reveals a half hero, half scoundrel lad who gloried in a fray and had an eye for a pretty girl. The unpublished manuscript was discovered in a Connecticut antiques shop in the 1940s. A condensed version appeared in Life Magazine the summer prior this book debut. Illustrated with 55 paintings by Chamberlain, including 16 pages in color.