Fort Riley, Kansas; [Junction City, Kansas: by the author; [Press of the Junction City Sentinel, 1911].
Duodecimo (17 x 12.5 cm.), v, 190 pages. Publisher's advertisement. Index. Stated "Second Edition, Fourth Thousand"; the first edition was issued in 1908; a third edition was issued in 1917. An informative overview of the work of the Army Mess Officer, from Captain L.R. Holbrook (1875-1952), Commissary of the US Army, and Director of the Army Training School for Bakers and Cooks at Fort Riley, Kansas. This small book was "prepared in the early part of 1908, for the use of student officers taking the course at the Mounted Service School (from the Preface)". The Introduction reminds us that up until the Great War, the duties of the Mess Officer included feeding the horses, mules, and other animals working a part of the military. A short history of the Mess leads off, followed by elementary concepts of nutrition, the Garrison Mess, food preservation, etc. One small red check mark internally. In slightly edgeworn publisher's burgundy cloth, titled in black on the front board, and in gilt on the spine. Near fine. [OCLC locates sixteen copies of this second edition].