[TUCKER, William M.]. His Imperial Highness the Grand Duke Alexis in the United States of America during the Winter of 1871-72. For Private Distribution. Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1872. 1st ed. ,221,[1, index]pp. Original mounted albumen photograph portrait of Alexis as frontis. Orig. full brown morocco ruled in gilt, ruled spine bands, compartments gilt, marbled endpapers, A.e.g. A near fine copy. HOWES A-126, "aa": "Hunting expedition on the plains and large-scale destruction of the vanishing buffalo." Graff 35. Heller 1:394. Streeter Sale VII:4098. One of 212 copies printed for private distribution. "Tucker had been given the `Ordre de St. Stanislaus de 2d Classe.'. Pages 152-178 contain a description of the `great buffalo hunt' the Grand Duke was treated to, with Buffalo Bill as his guide and General Custer, General Phil Sheridan and Sioux Chief Spotted Tail as his hosts"-Streeter. One of the rarest of all books of Custeriana, printed for private distribution. Tucker apparently wrote this book to be presented to his friends and the officials and citizens who entertained the Russian Grand Duke on his tour. The Grand Duke arrived in New York late in 1871 and visited Washington, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Boston, and Cambridge, Canada and back via Niagara Falls into Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Nebraska. From Omaha by train and from North Platte by "ambulance" with Gen. Sheridan as host, he was off buffalo hunting, camping on Red Willow Creek, 40 miles south of Fort McPherson. Riding with the Grand Duke was the guide, the "genial and daring Buffalo Bill," Custer, and Chief Spotted Tail and his braves (who showed Alexis how to bring down a buffalo with an arrow). There was good hunting. One evening Spotted Tail & his men staged a Sioux powwow and war dance. After the hunt the party returned to St. Louis , then on to Denver, where the Grand Duke was entertained at a ball given by the Pioneer Club, "an organization composed exclusively of the early settlers of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain territory." He visited various Colorado high spots, hunting buffalo along the railroad right of way through Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky (Mammoth Cave. etc.), Tennessee, Mississippi, New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Alabama, and Florida, where at Pensacola he again boarded his ship.