BUTLER, William Francis; BADEN-POWELL, R. (intro.)., Red Cloud. A Tale of the Great Canadian Prairie. With a foreward by General Sir R. Baden-Powell and a Memoir of the Author., The Musson Book Company, Ltd., 0
SKU: 034538 Categories: Children's Literature, Fiction, First Edition, Military History Tags: Ashanti, boy scouts, boy's literature, British Army, Canada, Commonwealth, Exploration, First Nation, Home rule, Ireland, Irish, Literature, Military History, Native Americans, nineteenth century, north America, prairie, Toronto, William Francis Butler, Wolseley
[c. 1910], 8vo., publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering, brown dust jacket (unclipped) with black and red lettering and small black vignette of maple leaf, pp. xii, 332, with 8 b/w plates of illustrations by George Lambert. Shelfwear, rubbing to binding extremities, pages very slightly browned, dust jacket slightly chipped and worn at edges, mild staining to dust jacket spine; otherwise an excellent copy. Extremely rare Toronto edition of Butler’s ‘tale of the Canadian prairie’, the only edition published in Canada; undated, but probably shortly postdating Butler’s death in 1910. Usually published with the title ‘Red Cloud: the Solitary Sioux’, which appears as the heading of the first page of the text. Lieutenant General Sir William Francis Butler GCB, PC (Ire) (1838-1910) was an Irish 19th-century British Army officer, writer, and adventurer. He entered the army as an ensign of the 69th Foot at Fermoy Barracks in 1858, becoming captain in 1872 and major in 1874. He took part with distinction in the Red River expedition of 1870-71 and the Ashanti operations of 1873-74 in Canada under Wolseley and received the Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1874. It is from his experience of Canada that this book stems.