The Colored Cadet at West Point, First Edition

FLIPPER, Henry Ossian (1856-1940). The Colored Cadet at West Point: Autobiography of Henry Ossian Flipper, U.S.A, First Graduate of Color from the U.S. Military Academy. New York: Homer Lee & Co., 1878.

8vo (135 x 190 mm). Tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece and additional portrait of Flipper in uniform with facsimile signature. Publisher’s burgundy cloth (several colors known, no priority given) with gilt blindstamped titles and illustration (near fine copy). 

FIRST EDITION. Born into slavery, Henry Ossian Flipper was the fifth black cadet to attend the United States Military Academy. But due to the rejection and discrimination by their white peers, the others dropped out. Flipper was able to persevere and became the first person of color to graduate from West Point. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant assigned to the 10th Cavalry Regiment, becoming the first black officer to command regular troops in the US Army. OCLC lists one copy. Scarce.


Near fine. Minor edge wear, especially to corners. Spine lightly sunned with some chipping to spine caps. Small stains to cover. Pages evenly toned. Protected with mylar.

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