LITTLE BIGHORNTHE EARL ALONZO BRININSTOOL COLLECTION.
1. Typed manuscript with printed title page, being a copy of an official record in the Judge Advocate General's Office, entitled "Proceedings of A Court of Inquiry in the Case of Major Marcus A. Reno (Seventh U.S. Cavalry) Concerning His Conduct at the Battle of Little Big Horn River June 25-26, 1876," 597 pp, folio, 1933, some holograph corrections, notes, and underlining, illustrated with 2 portrait photographs of Reno, a folding color battle field map and a copy in negative of the Maguire map with holograph annotations, manuscript note of W.A. Graham (Colonel, J.A.G.D.) testifying to the circumstances of the manuscript being copied. Half morocco, titles and Brininstool ownership name stamped in gilt to spine, Brininstool bookplates.
2. Graham, W.A. The Official record of a Court of Inquiry ... upon the request of Major Marcus A. Reno ... to investigate his conduct at the battle of the Little Big Horn. Pacific Palisades: W.A. Graham, 1951. 2 volumes bound in 1. Folio. Front hinge starting at title. Cloth, slipcase. No 116 of 125 copies made by direct liquid duplication.
3. Typed manuscript with printed title page, being copies of original letters, entitled "The Famous Benteen-Golding Letters. Being a series of letters written by Capt. F.W. Benteen, 7th U.S. Cavalry to Theo. W. Goldin, Trooper 7th Cavalry," 134 pp, 4to, some holograph annotations and underlining, illustrated with 2 mounted silver print portraits of Benteen and Goldin, with signed "explanation" by Brininstool. Half morocco, titles and ownership name of Brininstool stamped in gilt to upper cover.
4. 7 volumes from the Library of E.A. Brininstool, 1879-1934, 8vo to 4to, with Brininstone bookplates and ownership marks, annotations, etc, including signed and presentation copies, in addition to 5 or 6 photographs by or related to Brininstool and his research, complete list available upon request.
5. 19 volumes from the library of John R. Goodwin, most related to Custer and the Reno trial, and including 8 titles by Brininstone, 1887-1972, 8vo to 4to, complete list available upon request.
LITTLE BIGHORN COLLECTION FROM THE LIBRARY OF SCHOLAR E.A. BRININSTOOL. Beginning his career as a journalist for several Los Angeles papers, Brininstool (1870-1957) became one of the most prolific writers on the Battle of Little Bighorn, publishing dozens of articles and several volumes on the subject from 1919 until his death in 1957. The present collection includes several items related to the trial of Major Marcus A. Reno, whose conduct at Little Bighorn was the subject of controversy immediately following the battle and persisting into the twentieth century. Major Reno requested an official inquiry to clear his name, and the records of those proceedings (which did ultimately vindicate Reno) remained unpublished for more than seventy years, until W.A. Graham, a retired colonel who oversaw the records at the J.A.G.D. and who also wrote extensively on Little Bighorn, produced his edition in 1951 (#2 above). Two decades earlier, in 1933, Graham had allowed Brininstool to make a copy of the inquiry transcripts (#1 above), from the original. The letters of Benteen and Goldin, two participants in the battle, form another important primary source in the Reno controversy, and the present lot includes Brininstool's personal transcript of those letters (#3 above), the originals of which were sold to a collector with Brininstool as agent. These materials, along with others in the present lot, were essential sources for Brininstool in his writings on Little Bighorn, collected in the volumes Troopers with Custer (1952), Major M.A. Reno Vindicated (1936), and The Custer Fight. Capt. F.W. Benteen's Story (1940).
These items from Brininstool's library were subsequently acquired by lawyer and Custer historian John R. Goodwin, whose own collection of Little Bighorn materials are also offered in the present lot, comprising items #2 and #5, above.