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Auction 11, Cartography
Rarities

Items 76-100

RARE ANTI-HOUSTON ELECTION BROADSIDE

76. CITIZENS OF TEXAS. [Election circular issued by the supporters of David G. Burnet in the presidential election of September 1841]: Citizens of Texas! You are about to elect a Chief Magistrate of the Nation...ponder well the following statements.... [Houston: Printed at the Telegraph Office, 1841]. Broadside printed in two parallel columns at top; below, three columns with five sample ballots (five copies of each specimen). Splits and some voids at old folds (mostly to blank margins, but affecting one line border and the top three sample ballots). Some bleed-through from old ink notes on verso, right blank margins chipped, a few stains. Silked.
        First printing. Streeter 439 (locates two copies, TxU & DRT): "Houston is charged with refusing to protect the frontier and with saying that 'he hoped every man, woman and child that settled North of the San Antonio road would be tomahawked.' It is said that 'he has become almost insane from dissipation, and his mind is so broken down that he is as forgetful as an old man in second childhood.' On the other hand, Burnet is 'sober, honest and capable...this amiable and excellent man is poor...but this very poverty peculiarly fits him for the office of President of a poor people.' Each column of the sample ballot is headed by Burnet's name for President with Memucan Hunt's name for Vice President in one column and that of Edward Burleson for Vice President in another column.... This is the first entry...under the year 1841 relating to the spirited campaign for the presidency carried on by Burnet and Houston in the summer of 1841."
($8,000-16,000)

 

77. [CIVIL WAR IN TEXAS]. Lot of 12 items:

(1) ARNOLD, John. Autograph document, signed, verifying receipt of four hundred and two pounds of bacon "on account of his C. S. Tax in kind for the year 1863." Colorado County, March 23, 1864. 1 p., oblong 16mo. Signed by Arnold as agent per McCormick Sub. Ap. Depot No. 1. Creased where folded, else fine.
        Colorado Co. C.S.A. is rare. This may refer to a George McCormick from Colorado Co. who joined the Confederate army in Galveston in 1861 (see The Handbook of Texas Online: George McCormick).

(2) HOLLAND, Bird. Autograph letter, signed, n.p., ca. 1845, to Mr. E. C. Beazley. 1 p., 4to. Folded, small hole not affecting text.
        Holland came to Texas in 1837 and was secretary of state in 1861. During the Civil War Holland served as adjutant of Col. Richard B. Hubbard's Twenty-second Texas Infantry. He was killed in the battle of Mansfield in 1864.

(3) IRELAND, John. Autograph letter, signed, dated at Corpus Christi, January 23, 1863, to Mr. A. B. Moore, with envelope addressed to "Maj. A. B. Moore, Seguin Texas." 1 p., 8vo, blue paper. Folded, fine.
        John Ireland was elected governor of Texas in 1882 and again in 1884. He joined the Confederate Army in 1862 and was stationed on the Texas coast at the end of the war (The Handbook of Texas Online: John Ireland). He was lieutenant colonel at the time of this letter, and writes regarding money "on the Browning Steward & Allen claim," which "must be paid accr. To Mr. Webb Receiver, receiving $300 for my fee this you can deposit with Col. Holland to my credit. I had hoped to be up before this but will not ask leave of absence as long as we are threatened by the vandals. I have bet a bottle of mean whisky that there is no fighting after May." On the envelope is a note: "Say to Mr. E. that the negro is not my own and I would have to entrust the money to some one else as I can't use it, or send it to the owner, & I prefer not receiving it now."

(4) ROBERTSON, John C. Autograph letter, signed, dated at Tyler, Texas, July 22, 1862, to Mr. McDanald, Provost Marshal, Henderson Co. 1 p., small 4to, lined blue laid paper. Creased where folded, a few light stains, else fine.
        See The Handbook of Texas Online (John C. Robertson). Robertson established a legal practice in Tyler in 1855. In 1860 he was elected to represent Smith County in the state Secession Convention. Robertson helped to raise companies of Texas cavalry to serve in the Civil War. In 1863 he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of Alexander W. Terrell's regiment and served throughout the Civil War. This letter orders that the parties who have reportedly refused to accept payment in Confederate money should be arrested and brought to trial, and if the facts are found to be true, they should be punished by fine or imprisonment. "My rule is to put the parties in jail until they do take the money-or if the party no longer has power to take the money, then fine him."

(5) CONFEDERATE CURRENCY. Engraved $100 note. Columbia, S. C.: Keatinge & Ball, 1863. Illustrations of "Negroes Hoeing Cotton," J. C. Calhoun (left), Columbia (right), "Hundred" overprinted in orange red. Verso with ink notation "Iss. San Antonio April 1, 1863." Fine. Criswell, 312.

(6) CONFEDERATE CURRENCY. Engraved $5 note: On Demand I will pay the Bearer Five Dollars, in a Confederate Note, when presented in sums of Twenty Dollars, at the Office of Lewis Moody, in Jefferson, Texas. New Orleans, April 1, 1862. Fine. Medlar (Jefferson) 17.

(7) CONFEDERATE CURRENCY. Engraved $2 note: On Demand R. W. Rogers Will pay the Bearer Two Dollars, in Confederate Notes, when presented in sums of Twenty Dollars, at his Office at Jordan's Saline, Texas. Shreveport, La., July 7, 1862. A few small stains, else fine. Medlar (Jordan's Saline) 2.

(8) Another copy of preceding in very good condition.

(9) CONFEDERATE CURRENCY. Engraved $1 note: Fort Smith City, Ark., Jan. 9th, 1862. Due the Bearer One Dollar In Merchandise, or Current Bank Notes, When the sum of Five Dollars is presented...Redeemed by Alexander & Allen, Sherman, and J. M. Smoot, Denton, Texas. Moderately worn. Medlar (Denton) 9. Rare.

(10) UNITED STATES. ARMY. 3rd DIVISION. Special Orders no. 39. Manuscript orders, dated at Head Quarters 3rd Div., 25th A. C., Brazos de Santiago, Texas, September 2, 1865, establishing a Board of Survey to determine responsibility for the loss of ordnance and ordnance stores. 1 p., 4to. Fine.

(11) TEXAS. GUADALUPE COUNTY. GRAND JURY. Printed document completed in manuscript. 1 p., 4to. Creased where formerly folded. Indictment dated June 1, 1855, against Thomas Wilson, alleging that he did "wilfully and knowingly harbor a runaway negro woman slave named Maria the property of one William Harris."

(12) THOMPSON, Larry & Joseph. Manuscript accounting for "hire of Negroes for [18]61, 62, & 63," dated at Harrison County, July 23, 1863. 1 p., 8vo. Creased where folded.

(Lot of 12 items)
($750-1,500)

 

 

REMARKABLE COPY OF A SOUTHERN OVERLAND

78. CLARKE, A. B. Travels in Mexico and California: Comprising a Journal of a Tour from Brazos Santiago, through Central Mexico, by way of Monterey, Chihuahua, the Country of the Apaches, and the River Gila, to the Mining Districts of California. Boston: Wright & Hasty, 1852. 138 pp. 12mo, original beige printed wrappers, stitched. A near mint copy.
        First edition. Cowan, p. 128. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 110-11: "Clarke's description of the desert crossing is dramatically impressive." Graff 746. Hill, p. 54: "An important and rare overland account." Howell, California 50:376A: "His narrative provides the first printed description of the route north from Camargo, Mexico, through Chihuahua and Sonora to the Gila River of Arizona." Howes C451. Jones 1275. Kurutz, Gold Rush 138: "Clarke, a native of Conway, Massachusetts, sailed from New York on January 29, 1849, as a member of the Hampden Mining Company. After arriving in central Mexico, he proceeded westward via Arizona and the Gila River. He arrived in Los Angeles on July 9. In the Gila area, he met Dr. [Joseph E.] Field, one of the two survivors of the infamous Fannin massacre. By August 2, the New Englander labored in the Tuolumne Diggings. He spent the winter of 1849 and 1850 in San Francisco and in the summer of 1850 worked on the Yuba River. Only the last five pages of his account describe life in the mines.... According to a note, dated July 2, 1852, [Clarke] published this account for his friends." Plains & Rockies IV:210. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 41.
($1,500-3,000)

 

79. CLOPTON, A. G. An Eulogy, on the Life and Character of Dr. Ashbel Smith.... Jefferson: Iron News Print, 1886. 15 [1] pp. 12mo, original gray printed wrappers. Browned, else fine.
        First edition. The Handbook of Texas Online (Ashbel Smith): "Ashbel Smith [1805-1886], pioneer doctor and leader in the development of Texas...has been called 'the father of Texas medicine' and 'the father of the University of Texas.' He also made valuable contributions to Texas in the areas of politics, diplomacy, agriculture and ranching, warfare, finance, transportation, and immigration." In the spring of 1837 he became Sam Houston's roommate and close friend. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($100-300)

 

 

THE "FOUR HUNDRED LEAGUE GRANT"
LAST GASP OF THE MEXICAN EMPRESARIO SYSTEM

80. COAHUILA Y TEJAS (Mexican State). [Printed land grant completed in manuscript. Text commences]: El Ciudadano Robert Peebles, Comisionado nombrado por el Supremo Gobierno de este Estado, para el repartimiento y posesion de tierras y espedicion de titulos á los Nuevos Colonos en la empresa de Colonizacion de los Empresarios Estevan F. Austin y Samuel M. Williams.... Dado en la Villa de [Austin] á [dies y seis] dias del mes de [Febrero] de 18[36]. [San Felipe: G. B. Cotten, 1835]. 4 pp., 4to. Creased where formerly folded, center fold split, lower half of blank second leaf missing, small void at fold intersection not affecting text. Page 2 with manuscript receipt for $35.00 "being the government dues on the within deed," signed by Reddin Andrews at Lagrange, Fayett[e] County, May 29, 1838.
        In early 1835, during the state legislature session in Monclova (the capital of Coahuila y Tejas), Francis White Johnson, Peebles, and Samuel May Williams were named empresarios for 400 leagues of land. The land was to be granted to settlers in return for a year of military service in a new company of Texas militia that was to provide protection against the Indians. The militia did not materialize, and the partners instead distributed the land in ten-league parcels among Texas settlers. Moreover, the grants were made in violation of a decree of the Consultation of November 1835 which ceased issuance of such land patents. In fact, this grant was issued only two weeks before the Declaration of Independence. After the Revolution, most of the grants of this empresario contract were voided, but apparently not this one, because Robinson paid his dues for it in 1838. The Handbook of Texas Online (Francis White Johnson; Robert Peebles; Samuel May Williams). Jenkins, The Texas Revolution and Republic 110.
($3,500-7,500)

 

81. COAHUILA Y TEJAS (Mexican State). [Printed promissory note completed in manuscript, commencing]: [Sixty days from date] I PROMISE to pay to HORATIO CHRIESMAN, Surveyor...[Sixty-eight] Dollars ___ Cents; being amount of surveying fees on land granted to me by the Government of the state of Coahuila and Texas.... TOWN OF AUSTIN, [2d] of [November] 18[32]. [San Felipe de Austin]: G. B. Cotten, Printer, n.d. Signed by Jno. S. [L?] Cox. Upper left corner missing (slightly affecting text and line border), old tape at upper right corner. Some of the ink writing on the note has corroded.
        Not in Streeter, who notes other forms used for colonization procedures. Early Texas imprint from the press of G. B. Cotten.
($600-1,200)

 

 

VERY RARE PRE-REPUBLIC TEXAS IMPRINT
ONE OF THE STEPS FOR OBTAINING A LAND GRANT

82. COAHUILA Y TEJAS (Mexican State). COMISIONADO PARA EL REPARTIMIENTO Y POSESION DE TIERRAS Y ESPEDICION DE TITULOS (Miguel Arciniega). [Printed form of land title completed in manuscript on sealed paper, with heading]: Sello segundo: Doce reales. Habilitado por el estado de Coahuila y Texas para el bieno de 1828 y 29. [Text commences]: El Ciudadano Miguel Arciniega, Comisionado para el repartimiento y posesion de tierras y espedicion de titulos á los nuevos Colonos en la empresa de colonizacion del Empresario Ciudadano Estevan F. Austin, fuera de las diez leguas litorales de la Costa: Por cuanto se ha recibido [Anne White].... Villa de San Felipe de Austin, May 12, 1831. 4-page small folio folder, printed on pp. [1] & [2]. Signed by Arciniega on p. 2. Form completed in the handwriting of Austin's right-hand man, Samuel May Williams, with two contemporary witness signatures (Robert N. Taylor and C. C. Givens). Later signed manuscript affidavits from the 1850s attest to the authenticity of the original land title form and the signatures. Blind-embosures of an unidentified Texas county entity on p. [3]. Some staining and old repairs, creased where formerly folded.
        See Streeter 13 for an earlier incarnation of this form used when Padilla was commissioner: "Delivery of an original and certified copy of a deed in the form...constituted the third of the four steps outlined in the note to 'Form of Certificate', No. 9 here [see Item 14, herein], under which an emigrant obtained land in Austin's colony.... Late in 1830 Miguel Arciniega was appointed commissioner [for Austin's coastal colony].... It apparently was the custom to use two printed forms in making a grant of land, the first form which might be called the original being filed in the Land Office and the other being a certified copy to be kept by the grantee.... The Arciniega deeds were probably printed late in 1830 or early in 1831."
($2,500-5,000)

 

 

"ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL EARLY DOCUMENTS ON THE HISTORY OF TEXAS, ESTABLISHING ... THE RIGHT OF TRIAL BY JURY"

83. COAHUILA Y TEJAS (Mexican State). LAWS (April 17, 1834). ...Plan para el mejor arreglo de la administración de justicia en Texas [A Plan for the Better Regulation of the Administration of Justice in Texas]. [Monclova, 1834]. 16 pp., captions and text in Spanish and English in parallel columns. Folio, stitched. Last two leaves abraded, a few old creases, otherwise fine.
        First printing. Bauer Sale 466: "One of the rarest and most important of all early documents on the history of Texas, establishing, among many other basic provisions, the right of trial by jury." Eberstadt, Texas 162:881: "This work is one of the very few-if indeed not the only-laws of the Mexican state of Coahuila and Texas to appear in its original form in both Spanish and English. It is also one of very few extensive state decrees to relate exclusively to Texas." Streeter 805.
($4,000-8,000)

 

 

ROBERTSON COLONY DOCUMENT SIGNED BY ELIJAH STERLING CLACK ROBERTSON

84. COAHUILA Y TEJAS (Mexican State). [ROBERTSON COLONY]. [ROBERTSON, Elijah H.]. [Printed form of land title completed in manuscript, with heading]: Sello segundo: Doce reales. Habilitado por el estado de Coahuila y Texas para el bieno de 1828 y 29 [dates extended to 35]. [Text commences]: El. C. Guillermo H. Steele comd. Nombrado pr. El Supremo Gobierno de este Estado p[ara] el...posesion de tienas y espedicion de titulos...en la empresa de coloniz[ación] de la compa. de Nashville.... Thomas H. Barron se ha recibido.... Villa de Viesca, June 10, 1835. Signed by Guillermo H. Steele, Elija H. Robertson, and Niles F. Smith. 4 pp., small folio, printed at top on p. 1, filing note on p. 4. Edges with some small chips, small holes in creases where folded, overall very good.
        This title documents Thomas Barron's grant of one labor of land in the Nashville Colony (Robertson's Colony) near Viesca, and is signed by Elijah Sterling Clack Robertson, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. As empresario of Robertson's Colony in 1834 and 1835, Robertson was responsible for settling more than six hundred families in Texas. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Robertson's Colony), for a detailed account of the complicated history of the Leftwich Grant/Nashville Colony/Robertson Colony: "William H. Steele was appointed land commissioner of the Nashville (or Robertson) Colony on May 24, 1834.... The capital of the colony was laid out at the Falls of the Brazos (near present Marlin, Texas) and named Sarahville de Viesca; 'Sarah' for Robertson's mother...and 'Viesca' for Agustín Viesca, the Mexican official who was presiding over the state legislature when it granted the contract to Robertson. All the Robertson Colony land titles were issued in Viesca." See The Handbook of Texas Online (Sarahville de Viesca). The document mentions Robert Leftwich's contract with the government of Coahuila y Tejas, which was the first contract for colonizing 800 families, later to be known as the Robertson Colony. Niles F. Smith served as an engineer during the Texas Revolution. Afterward he became a prosperous businessman in Houston and in 1836 became a notary public for Jefferson County.
        Thomas Hudson Barron (1796-1874) was an early settler and Texas Ranger. He came to Texas in 1821 with several of the first of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was a member of the Austin Colony for a year, left Texas, then returned in January 1831, and in 1832 he received from Austin a grant of one league of land in Brazos County. He also contracted to settle at Nashville in Sterling C. Robertson's Colony. "He was granted twenty-four labors of land now in McLennan County on March 25, 1835, and one labor near the site of present Viesca on June 10, 1835" (The Handbook of Texas Online: Thomas Hudson Barron).
($600-1,200)

 

85. COAHUILA Y TEJAS (Mexican State). VERAMENDI, Juan Martin de. Instrucciones que el Gobierno del Estado há tenido á bien dictar, para el mejor cumplimiento de lo prevenido en el decreto de convocatoria espedio...con aggreglo en lo posible al plan de pacificacion adoptado en la hacienda de Zavaleta.... [Leona Vicario, February 4, 1833]. Folio broadside. Left margin chipped, two small holes at left margin, else fine, with original ink rubrics of Veramendi and Santiago del Valle, secretary, and official ink manuscript notation for the Ayuntamiento de Santa Rosas.
        Streeter 787 (three copies located). Not in Kimball. This imprint relates to elections and the Plan of Zavaleta, by which Mexico finally achieved a truly federal plan of government, and Santa Anna was chosen president. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($200-400)

 

 

AN ATTEMPT TO HALT REVOLUTIONARY EFFORTS IN TEXAS

86. COAHUILA Y TEJAS (Mexican State). VIDAURRI Y VILLASEÑOR, Francisco. El Gobernador del Estado de Coahuila y Tejas, á todos sus habitantes... [Decree of the Permanent Deputation of Coahuila y Tejas Calling for an Extraordinary Session of the State of Congress on August 9th]. [Monclova, June 24, 1834]. Folio broadside. A very fine, untrimmed copy with official manuscript endorsements.
        Streeter 796n & 810n. Following the Anahuac mutiny, the first general attempt by Anglo-Americans to resist Mexican authority (see Bancroft, Texas II, pp. 117-29). A special session was called to consider measures for the restoration of public tranquility and "for the avoidance of any internal overthrow" in Coahuila y Tejas. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($150-300)

 

87. COAHUILA Y TEJAS (Mexican State). LAWS. [Decree no. 164 of the Congreso constitucional, passed January 31, 1831, dividing the Department of Bexar into two districts and providing for the administration of the District of Nacogdoches]. Leona Vicario, January 31, 1831. 2 pp., small 4to. Ink notation at top of recto; rubrics of José Maria Viesca and Santiago del Valle, secretary, on verso; addressed to the alcalde of Santa Rosa. Small pin hole in upper right corner, else fine, laid in a new half morocco folding slipcase.
        Eberstadt, Texas 162:248. Kimball 164, p. 171. Streeter 768 (4 locations): "Important in the history of Texas." Congress takes note of the difficulties experienced in the administration of so extensive a territory as Texas, with its thinly settled population of foreign colonists, and decrees a division which is carefully bounded in the first article. The Department of Nacogdoches is set up, with the capital at the town of that name, and provisions for its administration are made. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($250-500)

 

88. [CODY, WILLIAM F.]. Portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody in his later years, from a side angle, in hat, dark suit, white collar, and watch chain. Undated and photographer unidentified. 22 x 14.2 cm (8-3/4 x 5-5/8 inches). Very fine. Matted with inset autograph "W. F. Cody, 'Buffalo Bill'" and in contemporary wooden frame.
        From his own life experience on the frontier, William F. Cody (1846-1917), created a West that indelibly survives in the imagination of America and the world (Thrapp I, pp. 293-4). Cody fully lived every aspect of the Old West, from herding cattle and working as a driver on a wagon train, to fur trapping and gold mining, and joining the Pony Express in 1860. After the Civil War, Cody scouted for the Army and gained the nickname "Buffalo Bill" for his prowess as a buffalo hunter.
($750-1,500)

 

COLLECTION OF "BUFFALO BILL'S WILD WEST CARDS

89. [CODY, WILLIAM F.]. Collection of five "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" cards with photographs. N.p., n.d. Each image measures 16.8 x 11 cm (6-5/8 x 4-1/4 inches). Text below photographs identifies the subject and includes "Copyright. Woodbury type." Light marginal foxing, otherwise fine.
        Buffalo Bill's show business career began on December 17, 1872, in Chicago, and in 1882 the Wild West show was conceived. It was an outdoor spectacle using real cowboys, cowgirls, Indians, and live buffalo, elk, cattle, and other animals. The show was designed to both educate and entertain and demonstrated bronco riding, roping, and other skills. The shows romanticized and idealized the formerly unglamorous and disrespected "cowboy." Women received equal wages for equal work, and Native Americans were treated with great respect and dignity as they were given an opportunity to leave the reservation and represent their culture. Cody's Wild West Show traveled the world, leaving a lasting vision of the American West. The Handbook of Texas Online (Rodeos): "Since the cowboy's work was often seasonal, some cowboys also signed up to exhibit their skills with wild­west shows such as the first one William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) staged in his home town of North Platte, Nebraska, on the Fourth of July, 1882." See Russell, The Wild West & Thrapp I, pp. 293-4.

(1) "Colonel W. F. Cody. 'Buffalo Bill,'" posing in wide-brimmed hat and fringed and beaded jacket.

(2) "Colonel W. F. Cody, 'Buffalo Bill,'" posing with rifle, wearing thigh-high boots, fringed and beaded jacket, gloves, large belt buckle with wide belt, and wide-brimmed hat.

(3) "Blue Horse, Chief of the Shoshones" posing in bone breastplate and throat guard, feather in his hair.

(4) "Little Bull, Chief of the Arrapahoes" posing in bone breastplate and throat guard, a medal on a ribbon around his neck, feather in his hair, earrings, and fur wrapped around a braid.

(5) "Buck Taylor, 'King of the Cow-boys'" posing in profile, wearing embroidered shirt and cowboy hat. Born in Texas in 1857, William Levi Taylor was the first really "glamorous" cowboy, the first cowboy hero, and was billed as the "King of the Cowboys" in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Taylor had worked at Cody's Nebraska ranch before joining the show and was the basic model for the fictional hero in Prentiss Ingraham's dime novels in the late 1880s, the first stories with a cowboy hero. He bought a ranch in Wyoming and tried his hand at his own Wild West Show but failed.

(5 photographs)
($7,500-10,000)

 

90. [COLORADO]. TERRITORIAL BOARD OF IMMIGRATION. Resources and Advantages of Colorado. Denver, 1873. 47 [1, blank] pp., tables. 8vo, original violet printed wrappers. Moderate wear to spine with a few chips and a small tear, moderate staining of front wrap, color fading, with a small ink stamp on front, sewn but stitching torn and signatures loose. Overall very good to fine.
        First edition of a scarce Colorado promotional. Aimed at the potential immigrant to Colorado, giving information on topography, climate, hunting and fishing, society, education, religion, mines and mining, railway, agriculture, ranching, colonization, Indians, and more.
($500-1,000)

 

 

COLORADO NAVIGATION COMPANY

91. COLORADO NAVIGATION COMPANY. [Printed form completed in manuscript, for making a conditional subscription to the capital stock of the Colorado Navigation Company by transfer of land, the transfers to be voided if the company fails to remove obstacles to navigation, commencing]: Whereas, an Act has passed the Legislature of the Republic of Texas, incorporating the "Colorado Navigation Company," with full powers to remove the obstructions to the navigation of the Colorado River, and whereas from the present depreciated state of the currency, and the general scarcity of money throughout the Republic, difficulties have occurred in the collection of installments, the knowledge of which has prevented contractors from undertaking the important work confided to the charge of the company.... Signed by William Menefee (a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence), A. C. Horton (acting governor of Texas in 1847), and W. J. E. Heard (commanded a company at the Battle of San Jacinto), dated in ink October 14, 1839. [Matagorda? Printed at the Matagorda Bulletin Office?, 1838]. 4-page folio folder printed on first two pages. Uniformly browned, some staining, splits at folds (no losses).
        First printing. Streeter 232.2 (locating only his own copy, now at Yale, and one other): "This company was incorporated by an act of the regular session of the Second Congress approved December 14, 1837.... One of the provisions of the act was that the company should commence opening the channel of the river within nine months and complete it for at least fifty miles up the river from Matagorda in four years." This is a great imprint for the history of transportation in Texas and as a rare Republic imprint. The Colorado River was blocked by logs six miles above Matagorda, impeding navigation, and attempts by two companies to clear the river were unsuccessful. By 1838, keel boats of light draft operated the river above the raft, and in the spring of 1845 the Kate Ward was launched at Matagorda. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Kate Ward).
($3,000-6,000)

 

92. COMAN, Katherine. Economic Beginnings of the Far West: How We Won the Land beyond the Mississippi. New York: Macmillan, 1912. [4] vii-xix, 418 [9, ads] + ix [1] 50 [9, ads] pp., plates, maps. 2 vols., 8vo, original green cloth, gilt. A fine set.
        First edition. Cowan, p. 183. Flake 2462. Howes C637. Smith 1923. Socioeconomic study. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.

(2 vols.)
($50-100)

 

93. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. House of Representatives, Jan. 19, 1865.-Laid on the table, and ordered to be printed. Resolutions of the State of Texas, concerning peace, reconstruction, and independence.... [Richmond, Virginia, dated at end]: November 15, 1864. 4-page 8vo folder printed on pp. 1-3. Marginal browning.
        Parrish 788. Confederate imprint setting forth a resolution of Texas issued by Texas Secretary of State Robert J. Townes dated November 12, 1864, stating that Texas is determined to keep waging war even when all appears hopeless. Townes signed the address calling for the meeting of the Secession Convention.
($150-300)

 

94. CONKLING, Roscoe P. & Margaret B. The Butterfield Overland Mail. Glendale: Clark, 1947. 412 + 446 + 8 [2] pp., plates, 3 large folding maps. 3 vols., 8vo, original red cloth, t.e.g. Very fine, bright set.
        First edition, limited edition. Campbell, p. 186: "Its organization and operation over the southern route to 1861; subsequently over the central route to 1866; and under Wells Fargo and Company in 1869." Dobie, p. 78: "Replete with facts from politics in Washington over mail contracts to Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River." Rocq 16779. The definitive study of the great stagecoach line begun in 1858 to cross 2,800 miles from St. Louis to California via Arkansas, El Paso, Tucson, and Yuma to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.

(3 vols.)
($600-1,200)

 

 

SIGNED BY ONE OF THE NEW ORLEANS GREYS

95. COOKE, William G. Autograph document, signed, dated October 25, 1847. Certified copy of the certificate of discharge of Simon Cockrell, dated October 3, 1836. Cooke, as adjutant general of the state of Texas certifies that the original, which is in his office, was "filed as a voucher for the piece of Bounty land Warrant No. 2182, to Simon Cockreril [sic] for his 3 months service in the Army." With the embossed seal of the Adjutant General's office. 1 p., folio. One small stain and a tiny hole, otherwise very fine. Docketing on verso.
        Cooke came to Texas as a member of the New Orleans Greys in 1835. At the Siege of Bexar he was elected captain and led the party that captured the priest's house on the main plaza, thus forcing Mexican capitulation, and received the flag of surrender. Cooke was in Goliad with Fannin, but was sent to Washington-on-the-Brazos with two Mexican prisoners, where he joined Houston's staff. At the Battle of San Jacinto, he had the rank of major on Houston's staff. As the officer in charge of guarding the Mexican prisoners, it was Cooke who prevented the Texans from summarily executing Santa Anna and insisted that he be brought before Houston. Later Cooke was a member of the Santa Fe expedition. In 1846 he was appointed the first adjutant general of the state of Texas. See The Handbook of Texas Online (William Gordon Cooke).
($600-1,200)

 

96. [CORTÉS, HERNANDO]. LÓPEZ DE GÓMARA, Francisco. Voyages et conquestes du capitaine Ferdinand Courtois, es Indes Occidentales. Histoire traduite de langue espagnole, par Guillaume Le Breton Nivernois. Paris: Abel L'Angelier, 1588. [8] 416 leaves, woodcut vignette on title, initials, head- and tail-pieces. 12mo, full contemporary calf, spine extra gilt with raised bands. Slight shelf wear, minor waterstaining to last signature, overall a fine copy, with small old purple ink stamp on title. Bookplate of Biblioteca de Alberto Parreño.
        First and only edition in this format, and one of the earliest translations into French of the first printed history of the conquest of Mexico (first edition, Zaragosa, 1552-53). JCB 1:1:314. Hill, p. 125. Medina 86. Palau 63229. Sabin 16955. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 211: "This is a translation of the Conquista de Mexico...with some omissions, notably a chapter at the beginning and another at the end concerning his birth and character. It is an extremely scarce edition, and evidently was not reissued." López de Gómara (1511-1565) met Hernándo Cortés in Algiers in 1541 and served him as chaplain and secretary until Cortés's death in 1547. This work contains some of the early accounts of travelers in the Spanish Southwest, and is particularly important for the accounts of Native Americans before European contact changed them. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($400-800)

 

97. [CRIPPLE CREEK, COLORADO]. History and Description of the Cripple Creek Mining District. Mining and Business Directory. City of Cripple Creek and Adjacent Towns. Cripple Creek: Hazeltine & Co., 1894. [7] 10-161 [1] pp., numerous ads. 8vo, original black cloth over printed boards. Large purple stamp of contemporary bookseller on front cover. Light wear to fragile binding, generally fine.
        Rare mining business directory and history for Cripple Creek, some 20 miles south and west of Pike's Peak. Not in Graff or Howes.
($500-1,000)

 

 

CROCKETT ALMANAC-1836

98. [CROCKETT, DAVID]. Vol. I. "Go Ahead!" No. 3. Davy Crockett's 18 Almanack, 37 of Wild Sports in the West, Life in the Backwoods, & Sketches of Texas. Nashville: Heirs of Col. Crockett, [1836]. 46 [2] pp. (including wrappers), comic woodcut illustrations. 12mo, original pictorial wrappers. Wrappers soiled and worn. Preserved in a half maroon morocco folding box.
        First edition. Grolier American Hundred 39: "It was the Crockett Almanacks which made Crockett a legendary figure and a part of American folklore.... Rourke, Crockett's biographer, observes that the legendary Crockett stories 'constitute one of the earliest and perhaps the largest in our cycles of myth, and they are part of a lineage that endures to this day, in Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Ozark Mountains.'" Streeter 1194 (5 copies, 2 in Texas).
($1,500-3,000)

 

99. [CROIX, Teodoro de]. Contemporary manuscript copy of an order of Teodoro de Croix, commandant general of the Internal Provinces, Arispe, Sonora, June 23, 1780, clarifying article 1 of title 14 of regulations on the presidios regarding the rights of presidial representatives. Copy certified in Monclova, September 25, 1780, with written name (not signed) of Juan de Uvalde. 8 pp., folio, in sepia ink. Fine.
        The representatives are not permitted to purchase for the troops, receive money for goods, nor contract debts, and in case of their bankruptcy of the funds under their control their property will be confiscated. Valuable documentation on presidial-military matters relating to the Arizona-Sonora border in the colonial era.
($400-800)

 

100. CUSHMAN, Samuel & J. P. Waterman. The Gold Mines of Gilpin County, Colorado. Historical, Descriptive, and Statistical. Central City: Register Steam Printing House, 1876. 136 pp., numerous ads. 12mo, original black pebbled cloth over green printed boards. Very fine copy of this early Colorado imprint relating to mining. Contemporary ownership ink stamps of Dr. A. H. Day of Central, Colorado, on several inner leaves.
        First edition of an early Colorado imprint. Eberstadt 135:252: "A scarce locally printed history and description of the Russell and Gregory diggings, with much on the later strikes and development of the mining camps and towns." Howes C978. McMurtrie & Allen, Early Printing in Colorado 305.
($400-800)

 

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