- Publisher: Golden Valley Press; 3rd edition edition (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971805318
- ISBN-13: 978-0971805316
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exploring with Custer: The 1874 Black Hills Expedition Paperback – 2002
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That might be construed as pretty dry stuff, but about everybody with an interest in landscape should find the photos in this book fascinating. A photographer, William H. Illingworth, accompanied Custer and took several dozen photographs of the Black Hills. With amazing diligence, the modern day authors of this book tracked down the exact locations from where Illingworth took his photos and took photos from the same place. They publish the two photos, one from 1874 and the other from the present day, on facing pages. Thus, you have a time machine of sorts -- comparing what Illingworth saw in 1874 with what exists now.
It is gratifying that so much of the Black Hills hasn't changed much since Custer, although interestingly there are a lot more trees now than there were then. Moreover, the photos are beautiful in themselves.
You might not want to read this book from cover to cover unless you are really, really interested in Custer, but you will enjoy comparing the old photos and the new photos and the aesthetics of both.
Should you never leave your home, or ever travel to this region, you will still gain a truly entertaining and educational experience as to the what, when, where, why, how, and who, of this country and that expedition from this extremely well laid out volume. Now if you desire a 19th century high plains military shoot 'um up tale of the Old West, this book would not be what you are looking for.
There is an intense amount of detailed facts packed into this book should you require a one-title-finds-much research tome for your project. Also, the photography, both 19th and 21century, therein makes owning this book a must, if nothing else. The quality and craftsmanship of this album is first-rate, and are penny-for-pound a real dollar value, bar-none. Both Grafe and Horsted do this topic true justice, and mine being autographed makes it 'tall' among the tomes from which I continue my ongoing studies of "Custerology". No personal, or professional, library on the topic of Custer is near complete without this volume within. I also found the authors most cordial to communicate with as I labored to obtain additional information on this book set, and I think you will too, if you require or desire it. Do investigate this book, as you will be most pleased that you did. Good hunting!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting look at the Custer expedition. With photographs and locations new and oldPublished 2 months ago by Watchking
I bought this for my brother for Christmas. He loves the book. Finds the photos very interesting and helpful for his research.Published 6 months ago by mercermavin
a most excellent book...if you are visiting the Black Hills or have any interest at all in Custer and his career, this is a book worth considering... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ken K.
Having grown up in the Black Hills made the book Exploring with Custer a very hard book to put down. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Mike Rasmussen
We have bought a few of Paul Horsted's books, now. The only problem we have is that when we buy them for gifts, we spend time "reviewing" them first- then it's hard to... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Erin Preys
Exploring With Custer goes beyond explaining and describing the events of Custer's 1874 expedition into the Black Hills. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by John McCarthy