Dorothy Sloan -- Books

Auction 11, Cartography
Rarities

Items 101-125

101. CUSTER, George A[rmstrong]. Letter, signed, for the bearer, Trotter (Ses-sa), an Osage warrior, dated March 29th, 1869, at Head Quarters of Troops operating South of the Arkansas, Camp Supply Ind. Terr. 1 p. in ink, 4to, ruled paper. Browned, split where folded and backed with linen. Fine.
        A letter of introduction stating "He accompanied my command on the late winter's campaign and marches and participated in the battle of the 'Washiba' [Washita]. I believe him to be a good Indian, and a valuable scout and trailer." Washita, in Oklahoma, was the site of George Armstrong Custer's 1868 mid-winter surprise attack on Black Kettle's Cheyenne encampment, which has become known as the Washita Massacre. Custer's cavalry attacked at dawn, killing more than one hundred men, women and children. There the Cheyenne's hopes of sustaining themselves as an independent people died as well; by 1869, they had been driven from the plains and confined to reservations. The Osage, also known as the Wazhazhe, were a tribe that lived in villages along the Missouri and Osage Rivers in Missouri. They also established hunting camps on the Great Plains. They were often described as warlike since they guarded their homeland with ferocity. The ability to obtain firearms at an early date gave the Osage a major advantage in their conflicts with those who intruded upon their lands. The tribe began a period of treaty making with the U.S. in 1809. This period lasted until 1870 and resulted in the diminishment of the Osage homeland by over 100 million acres. The last Osage reservation was established in 1872 when the tribe purchased the present reservation from the Cherokee. This last reservation was the easternmost portion of the Cherokee outlet and was in the former Osage hunting area.
($5,000-10,000)

 

102. [CUSTER, GEORGE ARMSTRONG]. UNITED STATES. CONGRESS. Military Expedition against the Sioux Indians. Washington: HED184, July 18, 1876. 63 [1, blank] pp. (a few other reports bound in). 8vo, modern brown cloth with calf label.
        First edition. Howes S512. The famous announcement of the fall of Custer at Little Big Horn: "The recent reports touching the disaster which befell a part of the 7th Regular Cavalry, led by General Custer in person, are believed to be true. For some reason, as yet unexplained, General Custer...experienced an utter annihilation of his immediate command." Includes Terry's dispatch: "It is my painful duty to report that day before yesterday, a great disaster overtook General Custer and the troops under his command.... No officer or soldier who accompanied him has yet been found alive." Contains 1875-76 correspondence discussing the problem of the hostile Sioux under Sitting Bull. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($150-300)

 

103. DANIEL, F[erdinand] E[ugene]. Recollections of a Rebel Surgeon (and Other Sketches); or, In the Doctor's Sappy Days. Austin: Von Boeckmann, Schutze & Co, 1899. [8] 264 [7, ads, errata] pp., plate, illustrations. 8vo, original red gilt-lettered cloth. A bright copy, slightly shelf slanted. Ownership inscription of Z. T. Bundy of Milford, Texas, dated 1900 (Bundy served briefly as a Texas Ranger in the 1880s and later as surgeon at the Confederate Home in Austin (ca. 1908); during service in the Civil War, Bundy surrendered to General Forrest).
        First edition. Dornbusch II:2676. Nevins, CWB I:78. Parrish, Civil War Texana 20: "Recollections and anecdotes of a Texas-Confederate Army doctor, both in Texas and in the campaigns in Mississippi, Tennessee, and around Atlanta. Also contains anecdotes of working with Blacks after the war." See The Handbook of Texas Online (Ferdinand Eugene Daniel).
($150-250)

 

104. DARLEY, Alexander M. The Passionists of the Southwest, or the Holy Brotherhood. A Revelation of the 'Penitentes.' Pueblo, 1893. 59 pp., portrait, illustrations. 8vo, original brown gilt-lettered cloth. Very fine copy of a rare book, printed for private circulation, with ink inscription "Mrs. E. P. Gallup" on front free endpaper.
        First edition. Howes D68: "First full account of the unusual sect of the Penitentes." Wynar 1953. The Penitentes, the controversial Third Order of St. Francis, came to the New World during the Spanish Conquest and spread to northern New Mexico by the seventeenth century. The sect's rituals allegedly include crucifixion of one of their own number in annual Easter ceremonies. The author states that "after thirteen years of investigation, of gathering documents never before in print, and many conversations with present and former 'Penitentes,' with observations of their exercises on the plains, he offers the first full and authentic account." Includes the constitution and by-laws of the Penitentes and some notice of their activities in Texas.
($500-1,000)

 

105. DARLEY, Felix Octavius Carr. Image on thick ivory colored substance, in an unknown medium (perhaps a combination of etching and photography), depicting buckskinners, three on horseback and one afoot, on a rugged trail with mountains in the background. 22 x 30.6 cm (8-3/4 x 12 inches). Fine.
        This highly unusual image needs further research. It may relate to Darley's experimentation with photography and etching. It is probably a form of photo-etching on "artificial ivory" or "Ivorex." Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers 101: "Darley...is the best known of all early American illustrators." Samuels, Artists of the American West, pp. 122-3. During his highly successful career that spanned more than four decades of the nineteenth century, Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1821-88) illustrated the works of Edgar Allen Poe, James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, Charles Dickens, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and many others.
($1,000-2,000)

 

106. DARLEY, Felix Octavius Carr. Another image in the same medium as preceding, depicting river rapids in a piney woodland scene. 22 x 30.6 cm (8-3/4 x 12 inches). In original carved wooden frame.
        One conjecture about this plate and the preceding (Item 105) is that they were an experiment with the thought of marketing art to the masses.
($750-1,500)

 

107. DAVIS, John. Travels of Four Years and a Half in the United States of America; During 1798...1802. Dedicated by Permission to Thomas Jefferson.... London: R. Edwards, 1803. viii, 454 pp. 8vo, three-quarter scarlet morocco over marbled boards, gilt spine with raised bands (by Sangorski & Sutcliffe). A fine, bright copy.
        First edition. Clark, Old South II:86: "Davis's account is distinguished from those of other Englishmen in being pleasant and good humored, although slavery and the mistreatment of the Negro by even the best elements repelled him." Howes D123. Davis spent time in Charleston at the College of Charleston, served as a tutor to the children of Thomas Drayton, made side trips to Georgia, and was a master of a field school in Prince William County, Virginia. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($200-400)

 

108. DAYTON, Edson C. Dakota Days: May 1886-August 1898. [Hartford]: Privately printed, 1937. [10] 128 pp., frontispiece map, plate. 8vo, original gilt-lettered blue cloth. A fine, bright copy.
        First edition, limited edition (#105 of 300 copies). Adams, Herd 665: "Scarce." Campbell, 101 28. Dobie, p. 102. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 14. Howes D165. Reese, Six Score 29: "Dayton had more experience with sheep than with cattle, but he saw a good deal of both. A well educated easterner, he gives an interesting perspective on life in the Dakotas during the hard years of the 1890s."
($250-500)

 

109. DE CORDOVA, Jacob. Autograph letter, signed, to the County Clerk of Galveston, dated at Houston, December 21, 1852. 1 p., 4to. Very fine, a good strong signature with De Cordova's rubric.
        De Cordova, tireless Texas promoter and creator of one of the grand nineteenth-century maps of Texas, writes: "Please forward by first mail to New Braunfels Comal County-Judge Wallers deed to W. D. Lee for Robert J. Calders Headright League-also please send me your account."
($300-600)

 

 

DE CORDOVA'S OWN LAND GRANT

110. [DE CORDOVA, JACOB]. Engraved printed document completed in manuscript. Letter patent granting 3,211,978 square varas (about 568 acres) of land in Travis District, about sixty-one miles from Austin, to Jacob De Cordova, signed by Texas Governor George T. Wood. Austin, March 2, 1848. Vellum document with attached seal of the General Land Office. 1 p., oblong folio. Docketing on verso dated April 16, 1879. Fine.
        Handsome land grant to this famous Texas promoter. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1808, De Cordova settled in Philadelphia and later became a merchant in New Orleans. In 1837, he moved to Galveston, lived for a time in Houston, then finally settled in Austin, where he established the Texas Herald. He is best remembered for his mass accumulation of Texas land scrip, a fact well represented in the present document. De Cordova traveled throughout the eastern U.S. and Europe as "Publicity Agent for an Empire," lecturing on the wonders of Texas and encouraging immigration. He published A New and Correct Map of Texas, the Texas Immigrant and Travelers' Guide Book, and Texas: Her Resources and Her Public Men.
($2,500-4,000)

 

111. DESERET NEWS. The Deseret News, New Year's 1893. [4, ads] 48 [4, ads] pp., illustrations, photographic portraits, and words and music for songs "The New Year" and "Christmas Carol" by E. Stephens. 4to, original pictorial brown wrappers with Mormon iconography. Wrappers with a few stains, otherwise fine. Uncommon.
        First edition. This Mormon publication includes an article on the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah.
($250-500)

 

 

"A STORY OF PAINFUL BUT ABSORBING INTEREST"

112. DeSHIELDS, James T. Cynthia Ann Parker. The Story of Her Capture at the Massacre of the Inmates of Parker's Fort; of Her Quarter of a Century Spent among the Comanches, as the Wife of the War Chief, Peta Nocona; and of Her Recapture at the Battle of Pease River, by Captain L. S. Ross, of the Texian Rangers..."Truth is Stranger than Fiction." St. Louis: Published by the Author, 1886. 80 pp., frontispiece, 3 plates. 12mo, original charcoal brown cloth, front cover with blind embossed bands, gilt title and vignette. Binding slightly rubbed, else a fine copy, with owner's ink inscription on front endpaper.
        First edition. Ayer 63. Dobie, p. 22. Graff 1064. Hoover 29: "One of the more unusual captivity stories, Cynthia Ann was the mother of...Comanche chieftain, Quanah Parker. Her name was legendary for generations in the Southwest." Howes D278. Notable American Women III:15-16. Rader 1126. Raines, p. 67: "A story of painful but absorbing interest." Tate, The Indians of Texas 2280. In 1836 at the raid on Fort Parker (in present Limestone County) nine-year-old Cynthia Ann was captured by the Quahadas of the Staked Plains, the wildest of the Comanche bands. She was adopted into the tribe and adapted well, learning to set up a teepee, preserve buffalo meat, tan and decorate skins for clothing, etc. Five years later she married a Comanche war chief, with whom she had several children (including Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief). In 1860 she was forcibly "rescued" by Capt. Sul Ross, but she never became reconciled to white ways and tried several times to escape and rejoin her Comanche family.
($250-500)

 

113. DEWITZ, Paul W. H. (editor). Notable Men of Indian Territory at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, 1904-1905.... Muskogee, Indian Territory: Southwestern Historical Co., [1905]. [3] 26-186 pp., frontispiece, profusely illustrated with photographic portraits. 8vo, original blue cloth, embossed and gilt decorative title on upper cover. Binding stained, taped call number on endpaper.
        First edition. Gilcrease-Hargrett, p. 230: "Of considerable reference value." Howes D309. Besides being a mug book for the prominent men in business, fraternal, and political circles, there is a good introduction that touches on the development of Indian Territory and its resources. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($150-300)

 

GOOD LOCAL HISTORY LOT WITH GREAT SLEEPER

114. [DICKINSON BAYOU, TEXAS]. Lot of 8 items:

(1) SHERMAN, Sidney. Manuscript receipt, signed, dated at Harrisburg, Nov. 23, 1867. [Text commences:] I have recd. from the place & possession of Judge Wm. J. Jones of Virginia Point...two hundred twenty five bars of Rail Road iron.... 1 p., 8vo. Paper very browned, else fine.
        Sidney Sherman organized and financed a group of volunteers in Kentucky for the Texas Revolution. On the day of the attack at the Battle of San Jacinto, Sherman commanded the left wing of the Texas army and is credited with the cry, "Remember the Alamo!"

(2) Anniversary Ball invitation to the "First Annual Ball given at the Beef Packery, Dickinson Bayou, on the 21st of April, the 26th Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto." 4-page 12mo folder, printed on p. 1, embossed decorative edges. A few light stains, two horizontal creases where folded, overall fine.

(3) Enos G. Nettleton's manuscript field notes for a land survey of 320 acres, surveyed August 14, 1851, signed and certified by John O. Trueheart, DL Galveston County. 4 pp., oblong 4to. Small ink map of the surveyed area in upper corner, showing adjoining properties, 4.5 cm x 3 cm. Very fine.

(4) HARRIS, M. Jane. Autograph letter, signed, to her mother, dated at Dickinson's Bayou, Feb. 15, 1858. 4 pp., 12mo. Fine. Discusses her health, crops, weather, poor servants, etc.

(5) HARRIS, Robert A. Four autograph letters, signed, to his wife Janie, from Dickerson's [sic] Bayou: April 10, 1859, 2 pp.; May 15, 1859, 4 pp.; July 4, 1859, 2 pp.; and August 2, 1859, 2 pp. All on small 4to blue paper with sepia ink. Fine.
        Harris's wife has apparently gone with their baby daughter to stay with her parents, location not given. In the first letter, he instructs his wife on the proper way to bring up their daughter and reports on difficulties with servants. In the second letter, he discusses changes in the area since new buyers have purchased land and reports that "a company from Chicago is fencing in all the prairie from opposite Nelsons to Moses Bayou and thence to the Bay seven miles; the intention is to pack beef. I have just learned that they will build opposite our house about where you found the partridges best last year.... I have long since been fearful that the health of this coast would induce people to settle in too thick, though the most of those building now will only reside here during the summer season, as they are merchants and lawyers." The July 4 and August 6 letters are depressed in tone and report on unfavorable weather, poor crops, and bad health.

The remaining three items are a quit claim deed, a report card, and an envelope.

(Lot of 8 items)
($600-1,200)

 

 

AUSTIN'S FIRST DIRECTORY

115. [DIRECTORY]. GRAY, S. A. & W. D. Moore (publishers). Mercantile and General City Directory of Austin, Texas-1872-73. Austin: S. A. Gray, 1872. 120 [1, ad] [1, blank] 121-46 (ads) pp. (includes color ad in red, green, and gilt for the Statesman Publishing Company). 8vo, original quarter leather over blue printed boards. Binding worn and stained, hinges cracked, internally very good. Laid in is a typed list of streets in Austin and a 1941 newspaper clipping about the directory. Lacking the topographic map of Austin. Very rare.
        First edition of Austin's first directory. The ad for the Statesman Publishing Company advertises the "Tri-Weekly and Weekly Democratic Statesman, Austin, Texas" and the "Weekly Statesman...the Cheapest newspaper published in the State, furnishing thirty-two columns of carefully edited reading matter. In politics it is Democratic." For wealth of detail and statistics on local history, few sources can rival directories like this.
($1,000-2,000)

 

116. [DIRECTORY]. MOONEY & MORRISON (publisher). Mooney & Morrison's General Directory of the City of San Antonio, for 1877-78.... Galveston: Galveston News, 1877. [4 (a-d), ads] [5] 6-62 [2, ads] 63-68, i-ii (ads), 69-76, iii-iv (ads), 77-84, v-vi (ads), 85-92, vii-viii (ads), 93-100, ix-x (ads), 101-8, xi-xii, 109-16, xiii-xiv (ads), 117-24, xv-xvi (ads), 125-32, xvii-xviii (ads), 133-40, xix-xx (ads), 141-48, xxi-xxii (ads), 149-56, xxiii-xxiv (ads), 157-64, xxv-xxvi (ads), 165-72, xxvii-xxviii (ads), 173-76, xxix-xxx (ads), 177-80, xxxi-xxxii (ads), 181-84, xxxiii-xxxiv, 185-88, xxxv-xxxviii (ads), 189-96, xxxix-xl (ads), 197-204, xli-xlii (ads) [2, ads] [205] 206-28 pp. 8vo, original printed boards (spine lacking). Hinges cracked, some signatures loose, several blocks of text clipped from pp. 7, 9, 13-17, 23, with the rest of the text intact and in very good condition.
        First edition of the first San Antonio directory. Not listed by Raines, Morrison, Cracker Barrel Chronicles, or any other appropriate bibliography. Includes a history of San Antonio, statistics, business directory, and interesting notes on the Battle of the Alamo. In the description of the fall of the Alamo, the history states that "The bodies of most of the Texans were found in the building, where a hand-to-hand fight took place. The body of Crockett, however, was in the yard, with a number of Mexicans lying near him. Bowie was slain in his bed, though it is said he killed two or three of the Mexicans with his pistol as they broke into his room."
($750-1,000)

 

117. [DIRECTORY]. MORRISON & FOURMY (publisher). Morrison & Fourmy's General Directory of the City of San Antonio, for 1879-80.... Marshall: Jennings Bros., [1879]. 4 (ads), [5] 10-12, 31-2, 49-58, 65-84, i-ii (ads), [85]-88, iii-iv (ads), 89-112, vii-viii (ads), 113-28, ix-x (ads), 129-36, xi-xii (ads), 137-52, xiii-xiv (ads), 153-60, xv-xvi (ads), 161-76, xvii-xviii (ads), 177-84, xix-xx (ads), 185-200, xxi-xxii (ads), 201-08, xxiii-xxiv (ads), 209-24, xxv-xxvi (ads), 225-32, xxvii-xxviii (ads), 233-48, xxix-xxx (ads), 249-56, xxxi-xxxii (ads), 257-64, xxxiii-xxxiv (ads), 265-297 [1, blank] 5-8 (ads) pp. 8vo, original printed boards (lacking spine). Poor condition, and with occasional cut-outs. Very rare.
        First edition. Not listed by Raines, Morrison, Cracker Barrel Chronicles, or any other appropriate bibliography. The California directories are well-known and avidly collected, but very few nineteenth-century directories for Texas were compiled. For wealth of detail, there is no finer source for contemporary local history. This directory contains a 63-page history of San Antonio, and lists state, county, and city offices, businesses, and residents, including professions. The sections removed from the historical article on San Antonio seem to have pertained to the Alamo, the economy, and Native Americans or "the first American inhabitants."
($500-1,000)

 

118. DOBIE, J. Frank. Wild and Wily Range Animals. Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1980. [2] xii, 123 pp., wood engravings by Boyd Hanna. 12mo, sheep over terracotta boards, spine gilt-lettered. Very fine in slipcase.
        First edition, limited edition (#66 of 100, specially bound and slipcased, limitation leaf bound in before title). Previously published material on mustangs, road runners, coyotes, rattlesnakes, and longhorns. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($10-20)

 

 

FUZZY MUSTANGS—PRESENTATION COPY FROM DOBIE TO HERTZOG

118A. DOBIE, J. Frank. The Mustangs. Boston: Little, Brown, [1952]. xvii [1] 376 pp., color frontispiece, illustrations by Charles Wilson. 8vo, full pinto hide, morocco spine label, t.e.g., publisher's slipcase. Very fine. Presentation copy inscribed and signed from Dobie to Carl Hertzog.
        First edition, limited edition, the Pinto edition (100 copies, signed by author and illustrator, bound in full pinto hide, and with original drawing by Wilson and signed limitation leaf bound in after title, this being one of author's retained copies, lettered "B"). Adams, Herd 696. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 66: "Rated by many as the best of Dobie's books." Dykes, My Dobie Collection, p. 7: "The Pinto Edition of The Mustangs is the rarest [of Dobie's books]" (#4 on his rarities list). Graff 1100. McVicker A14a(1). Reese, Six Score 33: "Certainly the best book on range horses, with much on cattle work.... Many feel this to be one of Dobie's best books."
($2,500-5,000)

 

 

RARE CERTIFICATE FOR A CUBAN EMPRESARIO IN TEXAS

119. [DOMÍNGUEZ GRANT]. DOMÍNGUEZ, Juan. [Engraved certificate completed in manuscript]: Domínguez' Grant. No. [4337] 177-136/1000 English Acres. I, John Domínguez, of the City of Mexico, Do hereby certify, That under and by virtue of a certain Grant of Land in TEXAS, made to me by the GOVERNMENT OF COAHUILA AND TEXAS...on the 6th day of February, A.D. 1829, for the purpose of colonization as an Empresario, I do hereby authorize and empower [H. A. Green] to locate for his own use and benefit, and to receipt a title therefor...the said Grant...one LABOR of land.... N.p. [New York?], November 11th, 1831. Small folio broadside in English, signed (with secretarial signatures?) by John Domínguez, A. O. Dayton, and C. V. S. Kane, endorsed on verso by H. A. Green. A few minor foxmarks and lightly creased where formerly folded.
        First printing. Streeter 1122A (one location, Streeter's copy, now at Yale). There are three known editions of this certificate, varying as to amount of land, etc. (see Streeter 1122, two copies located, and Streeter 1122B, one copy located). The Domínguez grant encompassed an area including the northern portion of the Texas Panhandle and parts of what are now Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Domínguez, a native of Cuba, fought in the Mexican Revolution and signed the Plan de Iguala. The Mexican government granted Domínguez a colonization contract in 1829 to bring two hundred European settlers to Texas, but his contract expired in 1835 without being fulfilled.
($1,500-3,000)

 

 

TEXAS EMIGRANT GUIDE, WITH EXCELLENT MAP

120. EDWARD, David B. History of Texas; or, The Emigrant's, Farmer's, and Politician's Guide to the Character, Climate, Soil and Productions of That Country: Geographically Arranged from Personal Observation and Experience. Cincinnati: J. A. James & Co., 1836. 336 [2, ads] pp., folding engraved map of the Republic of Texas with grants hand-colored in outline: Map of Texas Containing the Latest Grants and Discoveries by E. F. Lee (32 x 21.6 cm; 12-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches). 12mo, original blue cloth, yellow printed paper spine label. Spine label rubbed, upper hinge cracked, occasional mild to moderate foxing. This copy does not have the ad leaf at the end, which was not included with all copies. The map, which is often lacking, is very fine and crisp, with excellent color retention.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 53: "One of the best accounts of Texas on the eve of the Revolution. The book attempts to be unprejudiced, but the author was clearly anti-Texan at heart." Clark, Old South III:35: "Like Mrs. Holley's Texas, this work was extensively used as a basis for many other books on that state written in the 1830s and 1840s." Graff 1208. Howes E48: "Conditions just prior to the Revolution described by an actual observer." Rader 1279. Raines, p. 74. Streeter 1199: "One of the essential Texas books. It gives a good account of the physical features and towns and products of Texas of 1835." Edward reprints many scarce Texas laws and decrees. The excellent little map is based on the Austin-Tanner conformation (Day, p. 24).
($3,000-6,000)

 

 

"ONE OF THE VALUABLE BOOKS FOR THE TEXAS REVOLUTION"

121. EHRENBERG, Herman. Fahrten und Schicksale eines Deutschen in Texas. Leipzig: Verlag von Otto Wigand, 1845. iv, 258 [2] pp. 8vo, later dark brown cloth. Binding worn, new endpapers, a few light stains and some age-toning to paper. Very good to fine.
        Third edition, but first under this title (first edition, Leipzig, 1843). Basic Texas Books 54: "One of the earliest German accounts of Texas, this is also an important source work on the events of the Texas Revolution.... Ehrenberg was with Fannin at Goliad but escaped the massacre, losing his precious diary during his escape. Thus he wrote his memoir from memory." Clark, Old South III:36. Graff 1228. Howes E83: "By the leading surveyor, map maker and explorer of the early Southwest. He was with Fannin in the Texas revolution, narrowly escaping the massacre of that command; went to Oregon in 1844 and to California in the gold rush; in the 50's explored Arizona for the Sonora Mining Co. and met death there at the hand of the Indians in 1866." Raines, p. 75. Streeter 1454B: "Ehrenberg...was a member of one of the three companies of the New Orleans Greys in the campaign against Bexar...and later was one of the few of Fannin's soldiers who escaped the massacre. His account of his services is one of the valuable sources for part of the military phase of the Texas Revolution." Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($1,500-3,000)

122. EVERETT, Adam. Autograph letter, signed, to Susan F. Colby in New London, New Hampshire, dated at Shelbyville, Ky., July 31, 1836. 4 pp., folio. Creased where formerly folded, with integral address and cancellation stamp "Shelbyville KY. Aug 1." Fine.
        A long letter with an extended discussion of military preparations by Kentuckians to go to the defense of Texas. "Were you here, at the present time, you would seem to be in the midst of a military camp-for the chivalry of Ky. is roused and awake again as it always has been in times of danger and peril. For the last three months volunteers have been flocking to Texas from all parts of the West, and perhaps no state has furnished more than Ky. At the present moment 1000 mounted troops are rendezvousing here to march to be of assistance of General Gaines on the South Western frontier."
($1,800-2,500)

 

 

EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT BY A SURVIVOR OF GOLIAD

123. FIELD, Joseph E. Three Years in Texas. Including a View of the Texan Revolution, and an Account of the Principal Battles, Together with Descriptions of the Soil, Commercial and Agricultural Advantages, &c. Boston: Abel Tompkins, 1836. 47 pp. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers, stitched. Other than occasional mild foxing, an exceptional copy of a very rare book. Preserved in a brown cloth folding case with brown morocco label on upper cover.
        Second edition (first edition, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1836). Eberstadt, Texas 162:291. Fifty Texas Rarities 14 (citing the Greenfield printing of the same year-both are as rare as hen's teeth). Graff 1314. Howes F114. Raines, p. 81. Streeter discusses Field's book in his introduction, selecting it as one of the most important books for a Texas collection, commenting: "For the revolution as a whole, the most sought-after book is Field's"; see Streeter 1202A (9 locations, one in Texas): "This important Texas pamphlet seems to be the first printing in book or pamphlet form of an account by a participant of the taking of San Antonio by the Texans in December, 1835...and of the capitulation and massacre of the Fannin forces at Goliad in March, 1836.... This is the first published account by a participant, except perhaps in a newspaper, of these two important events in the Texas Revolution. It is one of the best sources for the tragic defeat of Fannin.... Being a surgeon, [Field] was ordered to attend the Mexican wounded and thus was one of the few who escaped the mass execution ordered by Santa Anna a few days after Fannin's surrender."
($7,500-15,000)

 

 

FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS
THE RARE TEXAS EDITION OF FILISOLA, IN ENGLISH

124. FILISOLA, Vicente. Evacuation of Texas.... Columbia: G. & T. H. Borden, 1837. iv [3]-68 pp. 8vo, early-twentieth-century three-quarter sheep over marbled boards, spine gilt with raised bands, red morocco gilt-lettered label (binding by J. Larkins). Other than occasional mild staining, a fine and desirable copy. Exceedingly rare and choice Texana.
        First edition in English (first published in Mexico in 1836) of the account of the Mexican retreat following San Jacinto, written by Santa Anna's second in command. Basic Texas Books 61A: "300 copies were printed.... [It was] the first book printed in the Republic of Texas." Eberstadt Exhibition, p. 12: "The English translation printed at Columbia, Texas, before the press removed to Houston, is a desideratum of high consequence." Fifty Texas Rarities 7. Graff 1321: "Filisola wrote this vindication of his actions only four months after the Battle of San Jacinto. The 'Documents' on pages 37-68 are as important as his account of Santa Anna's failure." Howes F127. Rader 1379. Raines, p. 82. Sabin 24323. Streeter 191: "The classic account of the retreat of the Mexicans through Texas after the battle of San Jacinto and a masterly defense by Filisola of his acts in ordering and conducting the retreat.... The account was, of course, of great interest to all Texans, and there is an entry in the journal of the Texas House of Representatives for November 23, 1836, announcing a message from the President 'recommending the translation of a Spanish pamphlet in vindication of Filisola's conduct in the campaign of Texas'.... The preface of the translator, George L. Hammeken, signed G.L.H. is dated Brazoria, January, 1837, and there is a notice in the Telegraph Register for January 27, 1837, reading in part, 'We are now engaged in printing the translation of Filisola's defence in a pamphlet which we hope to have completed in two weeks.'" Vandale 65.
($20,000-40,000)

 

125. FISHER, George. Memorials of George Fisher, Late Secretary to the Expedition of Gen. Jose Antonio Mexia, against Tampico, in November, 1835. Houston: Telegraph Office, 1840. 87 pp. 8vo, new full dark brown smooth calf. Upper blank margin (about a half inch) of title missing, title stained, paper browned. Preserved in a dark brown silk moiré box.
        First edition. Raines, p. 82. Sabin 24460. Streeter 384: "These Memorials of Fisher's are a full and contemporaneous account of an episode in Texas history that just missed being one of its important events. If the Tampico Expedition from New Orleans in November, 1835, had gained its objective, the course of Texas history would have been changed and its leader, Mexía, and its secretary, Fisher, would have been Texas heroes. By an unlucky accident it failed and its failure stirred the country because of the capture and execution of twenty-eight of its members.... The George Fisher of these Memorials was a Hungarian by birth, whose real name is unknown. A linguist, an adventurer with physical and mental courage, an intriguer, inordinately fond of seeing his name in print, almost a blackmailer..., Fisher was one of the unusual characters who gravitated to Texas and enlivened its annals.... Austin speaks of Fisher as 'uno de aquellos adventureros miserables y desvergonzados que ni tienen patria ni pricipios de honradez.'" See The Handbook of Texas Online (George Fisher).
($7,500-15,000)

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