8vo., (7 ½ x 5 ¼ inches). Original publisher’s blue cloth with gilt lettering to front board and spine, preserved in custom slipcase (very light shelf-wear).
Provenance: Presentation label to recto of front free endpaper; contemporary manuscript inscription to recto of first blank dated April 1891.
First edition, with the initial blank leaf. “Contains material about the Mormons in Illinois, the Lovejoy murder, the War Department, and the Civil War, as well as the Mexican War” (Graff 1017). “Davis was a volunteer, serving first as an aide-de-camp to General Shields; entered Mexico in 1846 with Wool’s army; later participated in the invasion of Vera Cruz and conquest of Mexico City” (Pingenot).