Sheridan, Wyoming: Herbert Coffeen, 1916. 8vo. [iv], 101,  pp., including all the advertisements. FIRST EDITION. Numerous illustrations in the text, many of which are photographic. Original printed wrappers with advertisements on the inside, stapled as issued; minor staining, overall an excellent copy. Item #17108
First printing of the most sought-after and scarce issue of this local Wyoming journal. The contents are all related to Custer (1839-1876), whose fortieth anniversary memorial was upcoming in June of 1916. Articles include a commentary of Custer’s last order of the Civil War, Captain Yates’ capture of Rain-in-the-Face, an article on Custer’s last battle by Gen. E.S. Godfrey (1843-1932; General Godfrey was the recipient of the Medal of Honor for leadership during the Indian Wars), comments on the human interest in Custer, and other stories and reminiscences. There are included a number of photographic illustrations of people and places.
The teepee book was dedicated to local history with articles and literary works focusing on Native Americans and pioneers. The first of 24 monthly issues was printed in January, 1915 and ran through December, 1916. This particular issue, the Custer battle number, was reprinted in 1926. Coffeen (1869-1916), son of a Wyoming congressman, moved to Sheridan, Wyoming in 1884 where he was instrumental in development of the area. He owned the Teepee store there, and was a collector of Native American material, especially Navajo blankets, as well as western art.