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Auction 11, Cartography
Rarities

Items 151-175

126. [FISKE, M. (attrib.)]. A Visit to Texas: Being the Journal of a Traveller through Those Parts Most Interesting to American Settlers.... New York: Goodrich & Wiley, 1834. iv [9]-164 [2] pp., 4 engraved plates, folding map with original color by W. Hooker (Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas; 26.4 x 33.4 cm; 10-3/8 x 13-1/8 inches). 16mo, original green diced cloth, spine gilt-lettered and with gilt illustration of horse bucking. Rebacked (original spine preserved, new endsheets). Binding faded, text with some water and mildew stains, some foxing, one tear to map repaired.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 209. Clark, Old South III:114: "A very rare book, containing fine descriptions of natural scenery, prairies, some natural history, and an account of political conditions." Graff 1336. Howes T145. Phillips, Sporting Books, p. 388. Streeter 1155: "The account gives a fresh and interesting picture of life in Texas...interspersed with caustic comments on the Galveston Bay Company"; & p. 328 (cited as one of the top travel books on Texas): "Thought to be the earliest [plates] to show sporting scenes in the West." Vandale 187. The important Hooker map appeared in several issues, having been published separately and in Mrs. Holley's books. Taliaferro 241n (commenting on Hooker's map): "One of the earliest maps of Texas to show all of Texas to the Arkansas River, including the Panhandle." In the present copy of A Visit to Texas, the map is in an early state, without Filisola's grant, lines of latitude and longitude, etc.
($2,000-4,000)

 

127. [FISKE, M. (attrib.)]. A Visit to Texas.... New York: Van Nostrand and Dwight; Mobile: Woodruff, Fiske, and M'Guire, 1836. xi [1, blank] 262 pp. 12mo, original green patterned cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Slight foxing, rear endsheets and lower cover lightly stained. A very good copy.
        Second edition of preceding, with an appendix containing a "sketch of the late war in Texas." The first edition had a map, which was not issued with the present edition. This second edition makes a useful adjunct to the first because of the augmented text. Basic Texas Books 209A. Streeter 1155A. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($150-300)

 

128. FORREST, Earle R. Missions and Pueblos of the Old Southwest: Their Myths, Legends, Fiestas, and Ceremonies, with Some Accounts of the Indian Tribes and Their Dances; and of the Penitentes. Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1929. 386 pp., including frontispiece and plates. 8vo, original blue cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Foot of spine abraded where label removed.
        First edition. Clark & Brunet, The Arthur H. Clark Company 87: "Forrest spent twenty-five years researching this work. He traveled extensively throughout the Southwest visiting historic ruins, pueblos and tribes. Much information of an ethnographic nature is contained in the work. Forrest gathered together an important collection of photographs of the missions and pueblos before modern changes were made." Laird, Hopi 920: "Much of Forrest's Hopi material is firsthand from his visits to the mesas soon after the turn of the century but he has also done his homework. This is a good readable survey of the Indians and churches of the Southwest."
($100-200)

 

"ONE OF THE EARLIEST ACCOUNTS OF TEXAS IN ENGLISH"

129. GALVESTON BAY & TEXAS LAND COMPANY. Address to the Reader of the Documents Relating to the Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company.... New York: Hopkins, 1831. 37 [1] pp. 8vo, original stitching. Lightly worn and dust-soiled, a few short tears to title (no losses). Preserved in a blue morocco folding box.
        First edition, first issue (without the appendix that appeared with the subsequent issue). Eberstadt, Texas 162:321. Graff 1494. Streeter 1123: "When in the fall of 1830 the Galveston Bay Company was organized to colonize its Texas land grants on a large scale, the colonization of Texas thus far had been very largely carried on by Stephen F. Austin and though...the fraudulent promotion of a land company had been attempted in 1829, the Galveston Bay Company is the first of such companies which actually sent colonists to Texas.... The Address to the Reader...giving an account of Texas and its opportunities for emigrants, is well done and is one of the earliest accounts of Texas in English. It refers, though a little disingenuously, to the prohibition against immigration in the law of April 6, 1830, and later refers to it as 'occasional and temporary'.... The prohibition of the law, however, was very real and colonists sent to Texas late in 1830 were not allowed to go to the company's lands. The company apparently then decided that the issue of further literature was useless until after the repeal of the law became effective in May, 1834.... The Address provide[s]...information on much of the history of Texas colonization."
($800-1,200)

 

 

THE ZAVALA-VEHLEIN-BURNET GRANTS-MAP & SCRIPT

130. GALVESTON BAY & TEXAS LAND COMPANY. Ornate land certificate with map, commencing: Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company No. [2997] This certifies, 177-136/1000 Acres, That the Subscribers as the Trustees and Attorneys of Lorenzo De Zavala, Joseph Vehlein, and David G. Burnet, have given and do hereby give to [M. B. Bolles] and [his] legal representatives the bearer hereof, their consent to the location of, and holding in severalty, One Labor of Land within the Limits of Four Adjoining Tracts of Land in Texas.... New York, October 16, 1830. Inset at lower left: untitled engraved map of Southeast Texas with company lands indicated by shading (6.5 x 10 cm: 2-5/8 x 4 inches). Signed by officers of the Company (Dey, Sumner, Curtis, and Willson) and endorsed on verso by bondholder Bolles. 1 p., folio, printed on onionskin paper. Light marginal wear.
        First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:320: "The text defines the boundaries of the grants, and the certificate is signed by the trustees, Dey, Sumner and Curtis." Streeter 1117: "According to Dr. Barker (Life of Austin, p. 298), the sale of scrip to finance a company promoting the sale of Texas land...was undoubtedly fraudulent." An unusual feature of this land certificate is its attractive map of southeast Texas and the Louisiana border, locating towns, roads, rivers, Austin's Colony, etc. One of the more interesting and controversial of the colonization companies, the Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company energetically promoted lands between the San Jacinto and Sabine Rivers. The Company did not own the land itself; the certificates were only scrip allowing colonists to move into the lands allotted to the three empresarios and there apply for a grant of land. But at five cents an acre, sales were brisk. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to the colonists, Mexico had put into effect its disturbing Law of April 6, 1830, prohibiting further Anglo colonization in Texas. When the immigrants, who were mostly Europeans and not Americans, arrived in Texas, Mexican officials refused to let them settle. The colonists were permitted to build huts and plant gardens but were left on their own to try to acquire land holdings. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company) and E. Williams, The Animating Pursuits of Speculation (1949).
($1,000-2,000)

 

 

A TEXAS LAND SPECULATION COMPANY WITH MORE PAPER THAN LAND

131. [GALVESTON BAY & TEXAS LAND COMPANY]. Printed power of attorney, followed by another power of attorney in manuscript, with signatures of David G. Burnet, Lorenzo de Zavala, Anthony Dey, William H. Sumner, George Curtis, et al., text commencing: To all to whom these Presents shall come or may concern, We, Lorenzo De Zavala, a native citizen of the Republic of Mexico, at present in the City of New-York, Esquire, Joseph Vehlein, resident of the said City of Mexico, merchant, and David G. Burnet, of Nacogdoches, in the State of Coahuila and Texas.... New York, December 10, 1830 & November 9, 1832. 2 pp., folio. Rough condition, some small losses at folds and blank margins (neatly silked to consolidate and preserve), some staining, particularly opposite old orange wax seals.
        First issue, with second power of attorney in manuscript rather than printed. Not in Streeter. Provenance: Papers of Anthony Dey, president of the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company. This important, rare, and little-known document is among the earliest imprints relating to the Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company, the infamous real estate speculation scheme established to circumvent the Law of April 6, 1830. The company, composed of capitalists in New York and Boston, was established to promote colonization contracts for some twenty million acres of Texas lands. In the first power of attorney, empresarios Burnet, Zavala, and Vehlein empower Dey, Curtis, and Sumner to exploit their contracts. The company consisted primarily of paper, not land, and hoped to secure Texan independence and annexation to the U.S. Even as the Eastern promoters furiously flogged scrip at five cents per acre, Mexican officials in Texas were preventing the unfortunate immigrants from disembarking. The company attempted to avert disaster and effect damage control by sending John Mason to lobby Mexico to change its colonization laws. The manuscript section of this document empowers Mason to do so. Mason traveled and lobbied on behalf of the company between 1831 and 1834. Mason's real estate dealings were specifically voided by the Constitution of the Republic of Texas (Streeter 821). See The Handbook of Texas Online (Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company).
($4,000-6,000)

 

 

BEST EDITION OF THE FIRST TEXAS NOVEL IN ENGLISH

132. [GANILH, Anthony]. Ambrosio de Letinez; or, The First Texian Novel, Embracing a Description of the Countries Bordering on the Rio Bravo, with Incidents of the War of Independence. By A. T. Myrthe. New York: Charles Francis & Co., 1842. 202; 192 pp. 2 vols. in one, 8vo, full contemporary dark green morocco gilt, inner gilt dentelles, a.e.g. Engraved bookplate of Cambridge Public Library with ms. discard notation, their small blue ink stamp on two inner leaves, blind-embossed stamp on p. 78. Light to moderate foxing, otherwise fine, in a handsome binding.
        Second and best edition (with an added chapter), of the first Texas novel in English (the first edition, one of the Fifty Texas Rarities, was published in 1838 under the title Mexico versus Texas). Agatha, pp. 91-4. Eberstadt, Texas 162:322: "Written by an apostate Catholic priest as a vehicle in which to take some of his erstwhile brethren for a ride. The work is dedicated to Samuel Houston, President of the Republic of Texas." Streeter 1414 & 1310n: "The scene of the novel is laid in Mexico and Texas at the time of the Texas Revolution. Throughout there are satires on the Mexican clergy and thinly veiled attacks on the Roman Catholic Church.... There is no doubt that Ganilh occasionally rather enjoyed unsheathing his claws." Wright 1018.
($1,000-2,000)

A FINE GATHERING OF GERMAN-TEXANA IMPRINTS

133. [GERMAN COLONIZATION IN TEXAS]. VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. Circularschreiben in Betreff der Regelung der Verhältnisse hinsichtlich des bei den Banquierhäusern Ph. N. Schmidt und L. H. Flersheim in Frankfurt a. M. im Jahr 1847 contrahirten Anlehens von 1,200,000 fl. [caption title]. [Frankfurt, 1852]. 15 pp. Folio. Fine.
        First edition of an important and rare imprint. A detailed report on the circumstances of the Society for the Protection of German Emigrants in Texas. The majority of the document is intended to satisfy the holders of bonds issued by the company in 1847, and gives a detailed view of its finances. Attached is a report from Henry Fisher that gives an account of finances in Texas.
($1,000-1,500)

 

134. [GERMAN COLONIZATION OF TEXAS]. VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. [Lithographed stock certificate completed in manuscript, commencing]: Verein zum Schutze Deutscher Einwanderer in Texas gegründet im Jahre 1843. Actie No. 43. über Fünf Tausend Gulden des 24-1/2 Gulden Fusses.... Frankfurt: Lith. Anst. Dondorf, n.d. Manuscript date of 1 July 1846. 4-page 4to folder: p. [1] (name of the Adelsverein surrounded by decorative vignettes of colonists at work and play); p. [3] (stock certificate made out to Herrn Fursten Colloredo-Mansfeld and signed by the members of the committee). Very fine.
        Handsomely illustrated form published by the Society for German Emigration to Texas. The ornately lithographed vignettes depict a priest addressing Native Americans, colonists arriving in ships, mining, fishing, building, cultivating, socializing, and hunting. Decorative elements include palm trees and other plants, fruits, tools, etc.
($400-800)

 

135. [GERMAN COLONIZATION OF TEXAS]. VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. [Text commences]: Nachdem die ersten Niederlassungen in Texas gegründet.... [Dated and signed in print at end]: Mainz, den 24. Februar 1845. Die Central-Verwaltung. 4-page 4to folder, printed on all pages. Very fine.
        Streeter 1626 (locating one copy, at UT): "The Society, evidently having in mind criticism...makes it clear in this announcement that all emigrants to Texas expose themselves to dangers and hardships and that it plans to serve only those who definitely wish to emigrate. For the benefit of the latter it gives a short description of the Society's Texas lands, 'but even here only the industrious can hope to improve his position.' Details are then furnished of what the emigrant should bring with him, the transportation and other services furnished by the Society, and so on. The announcement concludes that this statement should suffice to refute all the false rumors that have been spread abroad concerning the Society."
($300-600)

 

136. [GERMAN COLONIZATION OF TEXAS]. VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. [Text commences]: Nro. [___] Prioritäts-Obligation des Vereins zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas über 500 Gulden im 24-1/2 Gulden Fuss.... Wiesbaden, July 1, 1850. 4-page folio folder. Fine.
        Signed but unissued bond of the Adelsverein for shares in the colonization project. The total authorized to be subscribed is 1,600,000 guilders, drawing 4% interest and maturing in five years.
($300-600)

 

137. [GERMAN COLONIZATION OF TEXAS]. VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. [Printed emigration certificate completed in manuscript, commencing]: Verein zum Schutze Deutscher Einwanderer in Texas. Einwanderer-Vertrag.... N.p., 1846. Signed and dated at end [Bremen, October 7, 1846]. 4 pp., folio, printed on pp. 1-3. Lower blank margin of second leaf excised. Some foxing and browning, signed by the agent of the Verein and by recipient Heinrich Meyer.
        Emigration agreement setting forth the terms under which the Adelsverein agrees to transport colonist Meyer to Texas and his obligations under the contract. Meyer is granted 320 acres of land in Travis County. In return he is to build a house and place at least 15 acres under cultivation for three years. The printed form specifies that the Verein will transport an emigrant to New Braunfels for ninety-eight guilders, but this has been changed in manuscript to transportation to Galveston for seventy guilders.
($400-800)

 

138. [GERMAN COLONIZATION OF TEXAS]. VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. [Printed form in German and English, completed in manuscript, commencing]: Vertrag zwischen dem Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas und dem Auswanderer [Michael Kreis von Stephanshausen].... Antwerpen, den [12ten September] 1845. 4-page folio folder printed on p. [1]. With the printed seal of the Verein and at the end an affidavit in English of the Consul of the Republic of Texas for the Port of Antwerp. Very fine.
        A copy of Kreis's emigration contract with manuscript note at end that it was executed July 25, 1853, to replace the original given to Henry F. Fisher.
($400-800)

 

EARLY ACCOUNT OF THE ESPEJO EXPEDITION AND THE NAMING OF NEW MEXICO

139. GONZALEZ DE MENDOZA, Juan. Dell' historia della China descritta dal P.M. Gio. Gonzalez Di Mendozza dell' Ord. Di S. Agos. Nella lingua Spagnuola.... Rome: Celantano e Cesare Rasimo, 1586. [46] 379 pp. Small 4to, contemporary vellum. Ink inscription on front free endpaper and ink inscriptions and stains on title page, stain on p. 155 affecting legibility of a few words, generally very good to fine.
        Early Italian edition (translated by Francesco Avanzo from the 1585 original edition in Spanish published at Rome). Alden, European Americana 586/33. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 7i. The title of this work is rather misleading, as the book contains a wealth of curious and important details concerning many places other than China, including the West Indies, the Americas (especially Mexico), etc. It is comprised of three relations: the account of China, derived mainly from Martin de Rada; Father Alfaro's journey to the Phillipines; and Martin Ignacio de Loyola's journey to China via the Canary Islands, Santo Domingo, Vera Cruz, Acapulco, and the Phillipines. In Chapter IV of his account, Father Ignacio discusses Espejo's expedition of 1583 and the exploration of the area they christened New Mexico. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($400-800)

 

140. [GOROSTIZA PAMPHLET]. WEAVER, William A. Examination and Review of a Pamphlet Printed and Secretly Circulated by M. E. Gorostiza...Entitled "Correspondence...Respecting the Passage of the Sabine, by the Troops under the Command of General Gaines." Washington: Peter Force, 1837. 188 pp. 8vo, original wrappers, uncut and unopened. A fine copy.
        First edition. Howes W187. Streeter 1301. A long, critical examination of Gorostiza's book, including the first, and in some cases only, printings of nearly a hundred official documents relating to Texas. Streeter believes this was published at the urging of the American State Department. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($300-600)

 

141. GOUGE, W. M. The Fiscal History of Texas. Embracing an Account of Its Revenues, Debts, and Currency, from the Commencement of the Revolution in 1834 to 1851-52.... Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, 1852. xx [17]-327 [1, blank] [20, 23-34, ads] pp. 8vo, original blind-stamped dark blue cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Light waterstaining and foxing.
        First edition, second state. Basic Texas Books 77A: "The standard account of the financial history of the Texas Revolution, this book is much more interesting reading than the title suggests, mixing humor, anecdotes, and historical sidelights with statistics, finance, and fiscal theory.... Although the Texans did not understand currency and bond trading, Gouge remarks, they were masters at land trading. They financed their revolution and populated their republic with land." Rader 1634. Raines, p. 96. For the inside story of the Republic and Revolution and the men and means that made it possible, this book is essential. The book is also the illuminating primary early source for collectors of Texas currency. Of local Austin interest is Gouge's wickedly humorous recounting of the infamous Pig War, wherein he states: "As Rome was saved by the cackling of geese, so Texas was saved by the squealing of pigs" (p. 111).
($350-650)

 

142. GREELEY, Horace. A History of the Struggle for Slavery Extension or Restriction in the United States, from the Declaration of Independence to the Present Day.... New York: Dix, Edwards & Co., 1856. iv, 164 pp. 8vo, original green front wrapper, bound in later brown cloth. Fine.
        First edition. Howes G353. This work includes a chapter on Texas. History of slavery from the earliest days, "mainly compiled and condensed from the journals of Congress and other official records, and showing the vote by yeas and nays on the most important divisions in either house." Includes sections on the annexation of Texas and the Mexican-American War as related to slavery. Large section on the Kansas-Nebraska struggle. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($50-100)

 

 

AN IMPASSIONED PLEA NOT TO DISMEMBER TEXAS

143. GREEN, Jno. A., H. N. Burditt, & George Flournoy. Small folio broadside printed in three columns, commencing: To the Voters of Travis County. The undersigned on the 13th inst., were put forward by a meeting of the citizens of Travis county.... [Austin, 1860]. Creased where formerly folded. One chip (no loss of text) and some staining at top from old tape on verso.
        Not in Winkler. The writer objects to the proposal to divide Texas into seven districts, criticizes Governor Sam Houston and President Lincoln, and urges a convention of Texans for Southern rights. "We asked the Governor for 'bread' and he has given us a 'stone'-we desired him to procure efficient State action, that we may preserve our rights in or out of the union, as the people might think expedient. He resurrected instead, the much abused Kansas Act, and plants himself on it; takes the first section for his action, which is totally inapplicable to the condition of the country, and to the facts that section contemplates shall exist, and proposes to send delegates from Texas, all over the Southern States, to see whether any body wants to stay under the government of Abraham Lincoln, except Texas."
        One of the writers, George Flournoy, was attorney general for the state of Texas in 1860 and a delegate to the 1860 Democratic Nominating Convention in Galveston. At a mass meeting in Austin on September 22, 1860, Flournoy asked the audience, "What will you do if Lincoln is elected? That, I know, is what you want to hear about. I say, secede from the Union." Flournoy helped call a Secession Convention at Austin on December 3. He sat as a delegate to the convention from January 28 through February 4, 1861, and served as a co-author of the declaration of causes for secession. He resigned the following year to organize the Sixteenth Texas Infantry Regiment of Walker's Texas Division, serving as colonel of the regiment throughout the war. After the fall of the Confederate government, he fled to Mexico, where he served for a while with Maximilian's forces.
($1,500-2,500)

 

 

"BEDROCK AMERICANA" — DOBIE

144. GREGG, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies; or, The Journal of a Santa Fé Trader, during Eight Expeditions across the Great Western Prairies, and a Residence of Nearly Nine Years in Northern Mexico. New York: Henry G. Langley, 1844. 320 + 318 pp., 6 engraved plates, 2 engraved maps (one folding). 2 vols., 12mo, original brown pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Binding lightly rubbed, edges of some leaves chipped in vol. 2, some soiling and foxing, owner's name inscribed on front endpapers; the important map is in fine condition.
        First edition, first issue, with two maps and without the glossary and index. Dobie, p. 76: "One of the classics of bedrock Americana." Flake 3716. Graff 1659. Howes G401. Plains & Rockies IV:108:1. Raines, p. 99. Rittenhouse 255: "A cornerstone of all studies on the Santa Fe Trail." Streeter 1502. Wheat, Transmississippi West 482 & I, p. 186: "A cartographic landmark." "Conveying the impression of a well-populated region, the map must have whetted the interest of prospective traders on the trail to New Mexico. Finally, in a concession to geographic reality, Gregg mapped for the first time the Llano Estacado.... A blend of optimism and reality, Gregg's map was certainly one of the best of the southern plains before the Mexican War" (John L. Allen, "Patterns of Promise" in Mapping the North American Plains [Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987], p. 51 & Fig. 3.7).

(2 vols.)
($1,000-3,000)

 

145. HAFEN, Mary A[nn]. Recollections of a Handcart Pioneer of 1860. With Some Account of Frontier Life in Utah and Nevada. Denver: Privately printed for her Descendants, 1938. 117 pp., frontispiece portrait. 12mo, original flexible black cloth. Very fine.
        First edition. Mintz, The Trail 196: "The niece of Utah pioneer John Stucki, Mary Ann was the mother of the well-known historian Leroy Hafen. She crossed the plains with her family, having come all the way from Switzerland. All handcart users had to walk, and she says of her mother: 'By this time mother's feet were so swollen that she could not wear shoes, but had to wrap her feet with cloth'.... This is a tough book to find." Paher 753. Saunders 28: "Because it is a title significant in Americana and not merely of Mormon interest, copies are scarce and quite expensive."
($250-500)

 

146. HALEY, J. Evetts. Life on the Texas Range. Photographs by Erwin E. Smith. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1952. 112 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographs. Folio, original yellow cloth. Very fine in slightly rubbed slipcase.
        First edition. Adams, Herd 966. Reese, Six Score 55. Robinson, Haley 110: "Erwin Smith's early ambition and training to be a sculptor were overcome by the irresistible lure of cowboy life on the ranches and ranges of West Texas. Patience and devotion, melded with his artistic bent and technical brilliance, produced the most superb of all the fine photographers who drew into focus the transient panorama of the cow country. 'I don't mean,' wrote Tom Lea, 'that he made just the best photographs I ever saw on the subject. I mean the best pictures. That includes paintings, drawings, prints.'"
($100-200)

 

147. HALLENBECK, Cleve. The Journey of Fray Marcos de Niza. Dallas: Carl Hertzog, 1949. 115 pp., illustrations and decorations by Cisneros. 4to, original gilt-decorated terracotta cloth. Very fine, unopened, in d.j. Signed by Hertzog.
        First edition, limited edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros) 88. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 64 (with extensive quotations from letters of Carl Hertzog to Allen Maxwell on the publication of the book); Remembering Carl Hertzog, p. 27 (quoting William R. Holman): "One of the most beautiful and well-proportioned page layouts ever achieved by any designer."
($150-300)

 

148. HAMILTON, Andrew J. Printed document, signed by Provisional Governor of Texas Andrew J. Hamilton and Secretary of State James H. Bell, dated at Austin, August 8, 1865, appointing B. Graham, M.D., to the office of superintendent of the State Asylum for the Care of Lunatics. Printed by "Intelligencer" Print, Austin. 1 p., oblong folio, with State of Texas and the lone star printed at top, and the state seal blind-stamped at bottom. Verso with sworn affirmation signed by Graham and Hamilton. Light foxing at edges, otherwise very fine.
        Hamilton served as provisional governor from the summer of 1865 to the summer of 1866.
($1,500-3,000)

 

149. HASTINGS, Frank S. A Ranchman's Recollections.... Chicago: Breeder's Gazette, 1921. xiv, 235 pp., frontispiece, photoplates. 12mo, original tan pictorial cloth. Very fine, unopened.
        First edition. Adams, Herd 1009: "An excellent book, now becoming scarce, written by the manager of the SMS Ranch of Texas. Well-told stories of cowboy life." Basic Texas Books 86: "One of the best books on the Texas cattle industry.... The stories told to Hastings by the cowboys themselves, however, are what make the book so valuable." Campbell, p. 83. Dobie, p. 105. Dobie & Dykes, 44 & 44 5. Graff 1814. Greene, The 50 Best Books on Texas, p. 20. Howes H287. Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 19. Rader 1819. Reese, Six Score 56.
($150-300)

 

150. HEAP, Gwinn Harris. Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to California: Journal of the Expedition of E. F. Beale, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in California, and Gwinn Harris Heap, from Missouri to California, in 1853. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo; London: Trübner and Co., 1854. 136 [46, ads] pp., 13 lithographed plates (some tinted). 8vo, original brown cloth. Very slight shelf wear, spine a bit light and extremities chipped, the text pristine and the plates exceptionally bright and fresh. Endpapers with publisher's ads within decorative border. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of Ebenezer M. E. Church.
        First edition. Cowan, p. 273. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 110-11: "The most significant desert reference...relates to an account given by the Rev. James W. Brier-one of the original pioneer emigrants who crossed Death Valley in 1849...the earliest published account of Death Valley...of all the journals and diaries telling of the Mojave desert crossing, none appears comparable to the Heap in sheer readability and in picturesque descriptive quality." Graff 1873: "Some of the areas explored are here described for the first time." Howes H378: "Map not inserted in all copies." Plains & Rockies IV:235 (not noting this English issue). Rittenhouse 290.
($250-500)

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