New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, for the limited edition subscribers of Arizona Silhouettes, (1956). Limited Edition, #352 of 450. Paintings, some color. Hardcover. Octavo. , vii-x, 302 pages. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Prior owner name on front free endpaper. A few minor rubs along jacket folds, other minor edge wear. A few short, closed edge tears.
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's memoir remains the only historical source for the existence of Judge Holden.
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 The unpublished manuscript was discovered in a Connecticut antiques shop in the 1940s.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.
This is copy #352 of the 450 copies printed and bound in red buckram for Arizona Silhouettes.