New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953. 1st. Hardcover. First edition. 8vo. viii, 613pp, pp. Black & white map. SIGNED by the author. Orange cloth covered boards; blind stamped illustration to front board; gilt titles and illustration to the spine; original dust jacket illustrated by George Salter. Minor bumping to lower front corner else fine in near fine dustjacket (minor wear to extremities; short closed tear, chip & creasing to upper rear cover & rear spine head); a nice copy. Item #16784
"From the American past Elliott Arnold has dug one of its most colorful episodes, the fall of the then Mexican province of New Mexico to a United States army. The province was groaning under the tyrannical and perverted rule of a fantastic personality, Don Manuel Armijo, cruel, lecherous, evil, married to a woman who was at once grossly ugly and sexual insatiable." - dust jacket flap.