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HEARTSILL, WITH 61 ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPHS"THE RAREST AND MOST COVETED BOOK ON THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR"
151. HEARTSILL, William W. Fourteen Hundred and
91 Days in the Confederate Army: A Journal Kept by W. W.
Heartsill. For Four Years, One Month, and One Day, or Camp
Life; Day-by-Day, of the W. P. Lane Rangers. From April
19th, 1861, to May 20th, 1865. [Marshall:
Privately printed, 1876].  264 [1, "List of Dead"] pp.,
61 original albumen photographs mounted on leaves with
printed identifications below each photograph. 8vo,
contemporary dark green pebbled cloth, printed paper spine
label. Slight shelf wear (especially at corners), joints
rubbed, hinges cracked, title page incorrectly trimmed
(first word of title barely shaved-an endearing fault,
given the way the book was printed). Interior exceptionally
fine, all the photographs excellent.
First edition. Basic Texas Books 89: "The rarest and most coveted book on the American Civil War. Only one hundred copies were printed, of which merely a handful have survived.... The journal itself is historically important.... This four-year record is one of the most vivid and intimate accounts of Civil War battle-life that has survived." Coulter, Travels in the Confederate States 224. Harwell, In Tall Cotton 86: "This book would be of considerable interest because of the homespun way in which it was produced, even if it were devoid of any other virtues. It is, however, a good narrative in its own right-of the early days of the war in Texas, of operations in Arkansas and Louisiana, of Heartsill's capture and imprisonment in the North, of his travels through the north to City Point, Virginia, for exchange. After some time in Richmond he was attached to Bragg's army in time to participate in the Battle of Chickamauga. Then slowly back to Texas through Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. For a while he guarded Federal prisoners in Camp Ford at Tyler, Texas. He and his comrades in the W. P. Lane Rangers were finally disbanded near Navasota May 10, 1865." Howes H380: "Printed by the author, page-by-page, on a hand-press; one of the rarest journals by a Confederate combatant." Nevins, CWB I:102. Parrish, Civil War Texana 43. Raines, p. 111. Winkler-Friend 3778.
152. HENDERSON, J[ames] Pinckney. Printed land
grant to Trowbridge Ward, completed in manuscript, signed
by Texas governor J. Pinckney Henderson. Dated in
manuscript: Austin, Texas, February 24, 1847. Printed by
Jas. Harris Bank Note Engraver, New York. 1 p., folio. With
the seal of the State of Texas and the seal of the General
Land Office attached by a pink ribbon. File notes on verso
completed in manuscript and signed by the county clerk
[signature illegible] and Benj. E. Edwards, deputy. Creased
where folded, else very fine.
The Handbook of Texas Online (James Pinckney Henderson): "Statesman, soldier, and first governor of the state of Texas.... He was appointed attorney general of the republic under Sam Houston and in December 1836 succeeded Stephen F. Austin as secretary of state.... Henderson was a member of the Convention of 1845, was elected governor of Texas in November 1845 and took office in February 1846. With the declaration of the Mexican War and the organization of Texas volunteers, the governor asked permission of the legislature to take personal command of the troops in the field. He led the Second Texas Regiment at the battle of Monterrey and was appointed a commissioner to negotiate for the surrender of that city. Later he served with the temporary rank of major general of Texas volunteers in United States service from July 1846 to October 1846. After the war he resumed his duties as governor but refused to run for a second term. He returned to his private law practice in 1847.... Henderson County, established in 1846, was named in his honor."
153. HINMAN, S. D. Journal of the Rev. S. D.
Hinman, Missionary to the Santee Sioux Indians, and Taopi,
by Bishop Whipple. Philadelphia: McCalla & Stavely,
1869. xviii, 87 pp., lower wrap with illustration of the
College and Chapel of Our Most Merciful Savior, Santee
Indian Mission...Nebraska. 12mo, original pink printed
wrappers. Wrappers chipped and stained, spine taped.
First edition. Field 702. Howes H510. "The day-by-day journal of one of the more noted of the missionaries among the Santee-Sioux, detailing his life, experiences, and adventures with the tribe, the Sioux outbreak and massacre of 1862, the butchering of a thousand whites, etc."-Michael Heaston (Catalogue 15:362).
"I HAVE IT IN CONTEMPLATION TO ORDER AN EXPEDITION AGAINST THE HOSTILE INDIANS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DESTROYING THEIR CROPS, AND BREAKING UP THEIR VILLAGES"
154. HOCKLEY, George Washington. Letter, signed,
to Edward Burleson, dated at Department of War & Navy
in Austin, February 16, 1842. 1 p., 4to. A few stains,
overall very good.
An illuminating letter written from one great Republic of Texas military leader to another. Hockley tells Burleson: "I have it in contemplation to order an Expedition against the Hostile Indians, for the purpose of destroying their crops, and breaking up their villages, about the 1st of June next." Hockley served as chief of staff of the Texas army during the Texas Revolution and was in charge of the Twin Sisters at the Battle of San Jacinto. Burleson was commissioned commander in chief of the volunteer forces by the Provisional Government of Texas, and in March 1836 he was officially elected colonel of the First Infantry Regiment of the Texian army. Burleson was commander of the Texas forces at the Siege of Bexar and was second in command to Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto. His regiment was the first to charge the Mexican forces at the Battle of San Jacinto. From July to December 1836 he was colonel of the frontier rangers (predecessor to the Texas Rangers).
155. HOLLINGSWORTH, John McHenry. The Journal
of Lieutenant John McHenry Hollingsworth of the First New
York Volunteers [Stevenson's Regiment] September
1846-August 1849.... San Francisco: California
Historical Society, 1923. vii  61  pp., colored
frontispiece. Folio, white paper over boards. Boards
browned with a few stains, internally very fine.
First edition, limited edition (300 copies). Howes H597. Concerns Hollingsworth's voyage on the Susan Drew to California, military movements, and adventures of daily life. Edward Eberstadt discovered the original manuscript of the publication. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
156. [HOOD'S TEXAS BRIGADE]. Unsigned original
manuscript in ink, commencing: Ladies and Gentlemen of
Hood's Brigade, in compliance with the custom of the
Survivors of Hoods Brigade adopted in obedience to the
dictates of an honorable sentiment we have met here today
to aid in the celebration and participate in the enjoyment
of their annual Reunion.... Original manuscript of
speech delivered by unknown person. N.p., n.d. 58 pp.,
folio. Lined legal-size notebook paper, sewn at top. Edges
worn and paper browned, else fine.
An impassioned speech glorifying the brave soldiers of Hood's Texas Brigade, delivered while some of the survivors were still living. "Before me I see the still vigorous survivors of that Legion of Honor and although thank God, they are clothed in the garments of peace, the flash of their eyes enkindles in my beating heart the thrill which comes only at the beck of battle and finds utterance in the Rebel Yell. Have mercy oh God! If it be a sin, for it comes to my ears unbidden in the night and the teeth clench and the hand grips and the old, old yell mounts to the lips and-it is all a dream!" The writer apparently was a veteran of the war and the brigade. He defends Jefferson Davis, eulogizes the dead heroes of the brigade, refers to having "passed through the valley of the shadow of reconstruction," urges Texans to "reflect that the grandest and most hopeful experiment in free government is now on trial," and in general urges citizens of Texas to uphold individual liberty and states' rights against federal encroachment.
The brigade was organized on October 22, 1861, in Richmond, Virginia, and came under the command of John Bell Hood on March 7, 1862. Because of his daring leadership the brigade became known as Hood's Texas Brigade despite his brief service of only six months as commander. The brigade served throughout the war in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and in James Longstreet's Second Corps. After the war, Hood's Brigade Association was organized on May 14, 1872. Sixty-three reunions were held between that date and 1933, when the last two physically able veterans, E. W. B. Leach and Sam O. Moodie, both ninety-one, met for the last time in Houston. Through the efforts of the association a monument in memory of the brigade was erected on the south drive of the capitol in Austin on October 27, 1910. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Hood's Texas Brigade).
SAM HOUSTON LETTER WRITTEN DURING THE ARCHIVE WAR
157. HOUSTON, Samuel. Autograph letter, signed, to
Col. Thos. W. Ward, dated at Houston, September 6, 1842. 4
pp., 4to, with integral blank with Ward's filing notes on
p. 4. Creased where formerly folded, uniformly age-toned.
Strong flourishing signature.
A super letter written by Sam Houston as president of the Republic, containing his orders regarding the disposition of the Republic of Texas's papers, a colorful affair known as "The Archive War." Houston advises Ward that Col. Snively has informed him that an iron chest containing papers belonging to the government is buried in the room where the sugar and salt were left. Houston orders Ward to fetch the chest and retain it until further orders.
The Handbook of Texas Online (Archive War): "In March 1842 a division of the Mexican army under Gen. Rafael Vásquez appeared at San Antonio demanding the surrender of the town; the Texans were not prepared to resist and withdrew. On March 10 President Sam Houston called an emergency session of the Texas Congress. Fearing that the Mexicans would move on Austin, he named Houston as the meeting place. The citizens of Austin, fearful that the president wished to make Houston the capital, formed a vigilante committee of residents and warned department heads that any attempt to move state papers would be met with armed resistance. President Houston called the Seventh Congress into session at Washington-on-the-Brazos and at the end of December 1842 sent a company of rangers under Col. Thomas I. Smith and Capt. Eli Chandler to Austin with orders to remove the archives but not to resort to bloodshed. The Austin vigilantes were unprepared for the raid, and the rangers loaded the archives in wagons and drove away, but not before Mrs. Angelina Eberly fired a cannon at them. On January 1, 1843 the vigilance committee, under Capt. Mark B. Lewis, seized a cannon from the arsenal and overtook the wagons at Kenney's Fort on Brushy Creek. Only a few shots were fired before the rangers gave up the papers in order to avoid bloodshed. The archives were returned to Austin and remained there unmolested until Austin became the capital again in 1844." See also Mike Fowler & Jack Maguire, The Capitol Story, Statehouse of Texas (Austin: Eakin Press, 1988); Louis Wiltz Kemp, "Mrs. Angelina B. Eberly," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 36 (January 1933); Homer S. Thrall, A Pictorial History of Texas (St. Louis: Thompson, 1879); and The Handbook of Texas Online (Thomas William Ward).
158. HOUSTON, Samuel. "Message of the President to
Both Houses of Congress, Delivered, Nov. 21, 1837,
Executive Department, Republic of Texas," in Telegraph
and Texas Register II:49, whole no. 101, Houston,
Saturday, November 25, 1837, p. 2. 4 pp., folio, printed in
4 columns. Lightly foxed, a few stains, small holes in left
margin, and partially split down center fold, else very
fine. Preserved in half red leather over red cloth
slipcase, spine gilt-lettered and with raised bands.
Houston reports on the state of the new Republic of Texas and its relations with the rest of the world, particularly with the U.S. and Mexico. The Telegraph and Texas Register is a rare item in itself. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Telegraph and Texas Register): "The paper was begun on October 10, 1835, at San Felipe de Austin by Gail Borden Jr., Thomas H. Borden, and Joseph Baker. It became the official organ of the Republic of Texas." Its publication was interrupted numerous times, but it continued at Columbia from August 2, 1836 to April 11, 1837, and resumed at Houston, May 2, 1837 under the new owner and editor Francis Moore, who continued it until 1854. The Telegraph was the first Houston newspaper. See Streeter, Appendix A, [Columbia] and [Houston]. This issue also reports on the private sale of lots in the towns of Richmond, Liverpool, La Grange, Hamilton, and Columbia, and on the Second Congress, Second Session. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
159. HOUSTON, Samuel. Printed form completed in
manuscript, appointing Thomas W. Ward to the office of
associate land commissioner for the county of Harrisburg,
signed in ink by Sam Houston with his bold "I am Houston"
autograph with rubric, countersigned by R. A. Irion, and
with ornate seal of Texas. Houston, May 10, 1838. 4-page
4to folder, printed and signed on p. , docketing notes
on p. . Creased where formerly folded, some slight
corrosion to the ink signature of Houston, else fine and
A great exhibit item, relating to the sometimes troublesome "Peg Leg" Ward, a hero of the Texas Revolution. He worked in Houston after the war as a general contractor and helped to build the Texas capitol in Houston. He served as a clerk and later as a member to the Harrisburg County's Board of Land Commissioners during 1838. When the capitol was moved to Waterloo (later renamed Austin) in 1839, he followed, serving later that year as chief clerk for the House of Representatives. He subsequently became mayor of Austin, then, in January 1841, was appointed commissioner of the General Land Office where he served for the next seven years. In 1842 he became involved in the Archive War when Houston ordered him to remove the archives from Austin (see Item 157 above). See The Handbook of Texas Online (Thomas William Ward).
160. HOUSTON, Samuel. Printed land grant,
completed in manuscript and signed by Sam Houston, to
"James H. Collett, apee. of George W. Walker" for 640 acres
of land in Hill County, on the headwaters of Richland Creek
about 20 miles from Hillsborough, by virtue of Mercer's
Colony Certificate no. 51. Austin, January 7, 1861. 1 p.,
oblong folio, with the blind-stamped seals of the General
Land Office and the State of Texas. Creased where folded,
browned, overall very fine.
This land grant is of more than usual interest, as it relates to Mercer's Colony, the empresario grant of 8,000 square miles in northeast Texas (roughly between the Brazos and Sabine Rivers), which laid the foundation for settlement in the area.
SAM HOUSTON'S PAYCHECK1844
161. HOUSTON, Samuel. Printed treasury warrant for
the Republic of Texas made out to Sam Houston in the amount
of $1,623, completed in manuscript. N.p., December 12,
1844. 1 p., oblong 16mo. Closely trimmed. Endorsed on verso
by Sam Houston with his name and large rubric. Other
official signatures, including Charles Mason and W.
Sam Houston's paycheck as president of the Republic of Texas.
VELLUM DOCUMENT SIGNED BY SAM HOUSTON AND ANSON JONES-RELATING TO HENRI CASTRO
162. HOUSTON, Samuel & Anson Jones. Printed
form on vellum, completed in manuscript, appointing Henri
Castro as consul general for the Republic of Texas to the
Kingdom of France, signed in ink by Sam Houston with his
bold "I am Houston" autograph and rubric, countersigned by
Anson Jones as secretary of state, ornate blind-embossed
seal of Texas and pale blue silk ribbon. February 4, 1842.
1 p., oblong folio. A few clean cuts and one small void at
center (loss of one manuscript word).
A great exhibit item, very handsomely printed on vellum, with the signatures of two of the Republic's great statesmen, relating to Henri Castro, the noted French-Portuguese empresario of the Texas Republic, for whom Castroville and Castro County were named. A grand conjunction of top-line Texans.
163. [HOUSTON, TEXAS]. Real Estate Gift Concert
Land Distribution at Houston, Texas. December 21, 1874.
Two tickets, oblong 16mo. Fancy decorative
wood-engraved tickets printed in rose and black with lone
star and ornate typography, both with red ink stamp
(Gift Concert, Houston, Texas). Ticket No. 79,574
signed on verso by Isabelia Rone, Care Dr. J. W. Brown,
Caney, Matagorda, Texas; Ticket No. 79,576 signed on verso
by L. A. McIntosh, Waterville, Wharton Co. Fine.
Very unusual and fun Texas ephemera, relating to a Houston get-rich-quick scheme. The price of the ticket was $3.00.
164. HUBBARD, R[ichard] B[ennett]. Centennial
Oration of Gov. R. B. Hubbard of Texas, Delivered at the
National Exposition, September 11, 1876. Texas.... [St.
Louis, 1876]. 15 pp. 8vo, contemporary sheep over marbled
boards, black morocco spine label with gilt lettering.
Light marginal browning, faint ownership stamp on title,
First edition. Raines, p. 120. Hubbard became governor in 1876, serving until 1879. In this oration, addressing the president of the U.S. and the U.S. Centennial Commission, he traces Texas history, expounding on the state's glories and riches and defending the moral character of her people against the myth of lawlessness and "the envenomed slang of the hustings and the promptings of a blind and unforgiving fanaticism!... Sir, you have been told that we are demons in hate, and gloat in the thought of war and blood.... I denounce the utterance as an inhuman slander, and a damnable and unpardonable falsehood against a brave, and God knows, a long-suffering people!" He ends with an appeal for a healing of the wounds left by the Civil War: "Let us bury the feuds of that stormy hour of our history. In this generous and knightly spirit, Texas to-day sends fraternal greeting to all the States of the Union." Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
165. HUFF, William P. Holographic journal
recording a California Gold Rush trip over the southern
route (from Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, to Mariposa
in Southern California in the years 1849 and 1850), and
Texas Revolution and Republic reminiscences, written by
William P. Huff in Texas in the 1870s. 2 vols., folio,
nineteenth-century suede and calf bindings. Outer wear to
journal, a few small flaws and loose pages and occasional
staining, overall fine and legible. Unpublished (full
copyright to the Huff journal transfers to the
William Huff was a son of George Huff, pioneer settler, tradesman, and one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. William Huff was well educated and worked as a journalist in Texas. He was an active participant in the Runaway Scrape which he describes in his journals. During his trip to California Huff recorded close observations about the geological features and formed a collection of fossils, specimens, and other artifacts that are currently in the collections of the British Museum. His journal has passed by descent to its current owner.
Huff incorporates in his journal the original memoirs of Henry Smith, the first Anglo governor of Texas, and a key figure in the formation of the Republic. Smith accompanied Huff's overland party from Texas to California. Smith's memoirs, entitled "The Stormy Days of 1836," are interspersed through the journal. At night around the campfires during the journey, Smith recalled the events of the Texans' fight for independence. His first-person account of the vortex of the political and military storm that engulfed Texas is recorded in great detail in Huff's journal.
Smith's memoirs are based on the original notes that Huff kept of Smith's oral memoirs. Smith discusses the Battle of the Alamo, Houston's Retreat, the Runaway Scrape, and the victory at San Jacinto. Huff notes that he also had access to various documents written by Smith and others, which he had in his possession on the trail. The "Reminiscences of Henry Smith" was published in The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association XIV (July 1910 to April 1911). However, this text covers the years 1788 to 1836 and is entirely different from "The Stormy Days of 1836" as recorded in the Huff journal. Henry Smith's papers have been examined in the Texas Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, and the original manuscript of Smith's Reminiscences of Henry Smith that is located in the Texas State Archive was compared to the text of Stormy Days of 1836, both of which differ. John Henry Brown's Life and Times of Henry Smith, First American Governor of Texas (Dallas, 1887) recounts the beginnings of Smith's trip to California but does not include the maps or Smith's reminiscences.
At least one printed source is incorporated into the text of the journal-Sam Houston's first report of the Battle of San Jacinto written to David G. Burnet, president of the Republic of Texas, April 25, 1836. (Some factual errors have been noted by scholars who examined the journals.) Henry Smith died in California, and few of his papers survive. Apparently, the original papers from which Huff drew the Texas Revolution material are no longer extant. In the July 1945 issue of Field & Laboratory: Contributions from the Science Departments of Southern Methodist University, it is reported that Huff "amassed a substantial collection of historical materials which were deposited, for safe keeping, in the Fort Bend County court house, at Richmond. There they were destroyed in a fire (January 5, 1887), which burned the building to the ground." Included in the present journal are precise manuscript maps showing the movement of General Sam Houston's and General Santa Anna's troops across Texas, and of the Battlefield of San Jacinto-the decisive battle that won Independence for Texas from Mexico. There are some variances between these maps and other printed and manuscript maps of the Texian campaign and the Battle of San Jacinto.
There are few southern overlands, and the Huff journal is quite detailed and should be published. Huff and his overland party began their journey in Richmond, Texas, on April 22, 1849. His journal ends on May 10, 1850, at the confluence of the Gila and Colorado Rivers in California. The journal provides a reliable and detailed account of the southern route to the California gold mines, including information about hardships of the journey, encounters with Native Americans, geology, geography, flora, and fauna. External evidence shows that Huff's party made it to the Mariposa mining area and was included in the 1850 census in the Agua Fria area. In 1852 he was listed on the state census, and by early 1853 he had returned to Texas. The journal provides no information about his mining experiences in California.
The following persons traveled with Huff and Smith to California and all were veterans of San Jacinto. They were thus able to confirm and supplement Smith's account of the battle: James W. Robinson (a delegate from Nacogdoches to the Consultation in 1835, lieutenant governor of the provisional government of Texas, successor to Smith as governor of Texas); James Smith of Brazoria County (Smith knew Sam Houston in Tennessee in 1835, came to Texas in March 1835, served as captain of cavalry of the Nacogdoches Mounted Volunteers, and after the victory at San Jacinto was appointed Inspector General with the rank of colonel by Gen. Thomas J. Rusk); John Smith of Brazoria County (Smith was one of the first Texas Rangers and a member of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred); James Thompson from Austin (a prominent merchant and the first chief justice of Grayson County); and Samuel Houston Moore (nephew of Sam Houston).
(Details upon request)
166. HUGHES, John T. Doniphan's Expedition;
Containing an Account of the Conquest of New Mexico;
General Kearney's Overland Expedition to California....
Cincinnati: James, 1848. 407 pp., engraved portraits of
Doniphan and Sterling Price, 3 plates, 3 plans,
illustrations, folding map. 12mo, original gilt-pictorial
brown cloth, blind-stamped, spine gilt-lettered. Occasional
light to moderate foxing, small tears on map repaired.
Second and best edition, second issue. This issue adds the portrait of Price and the list of illustrations as specified in Howes. Cowan, p. 115. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 80. Fifty Texas Rarities 32n (noting only a single copy of the first issue with 1847 on title): "This expedition, which ended by land at Matamoros, is still considered one of the most brilliant long marches ever made; the force, with no quartermaster, paymaster, commissary, uniforms, tents, or even military discipline, covered 3,600 miles by land and 2,000 by water, all in the course of 12 months." Graff 2005. Howes H769: "Doniphan's and Kearney's conquests gave the U.S. its claim to New Mexico and Arizona, finally acquired by the Gadsden Purchase." Plains & Rockies IV:134:3. Rader 1970. Rittenhouse 311: "A classic work on the expedition along the Santa Fe Trail during the Mexican-American War." Saunders 2972. Tutorow 3589. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
BOLDLY DESIGNED 1860 AUCTION BROADSIDE ADVERTISING THE FISHER-MILLER LANDS OF MEMUCAN HUNT
167. [HUNT, MEMUCAN]. TUCKER, Philip C. Jr.
(auctioneer). Large folio broadside advertising his estate
sale: Administrator's Sale of Fisher & Miller's
Colony Lands! By virtue of an Order of Sale, issuing out of
the county Court of Galveston County, at the last June
Term, I will sell at Public Auction, on the first Tuesday
in November, A. D. 1860...the Estate of the Late Memucan
Hunt, in and to the following described Tracts of Land,
located in Fisher & Miller's Colony to Wit....
Galveston: Printed at the "Civilian and Gazette" Book
and Job Steam Power Press Establishment, . Some wear,
A dramatically printed pre-Civil War broadside relating to the estate of Memucan Hunt (for whom Hunt County is named). Hunt volunteered his services to Texas in 1836, arriving shortly after the Battle of San Jacinto and was soon appointed brigadier general. Sam Houston appointed Hunt as agent to the U.S. to assist in securing recognition of Texas and in March 1837 he became the Texan minister at Washington, D.C. Though his 1837 proposal for annexation was unsuccessful, he did succeed in negotiating a boundary convention with the U.S. in 1838.
168. HUNTER, John D. Memoirs of a Captivity
among the Indians of North America, from Childhood to the
Age of Nineteen.... London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme,
and Brown, 1823.  ix  447  pp. 8vo,
nineteenth-century calf, black calf spine labels, spine
gilt-stamped and with raised bands, pale silk moiré
endpapers. Neatly rebacked. Internally fine.
First London edition. Howes H813. Plains & Rockies IV:24:1. Hunter was murdered in Texas after attempts to create a buffer state composed of Anglos and Native Americans. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
169. IDE, Simeon. A Biographical Sketch of the
Life of William B. Ide: With a Minute and Interesting
Account of One of the Largest Emigrating Companies, (3000
Miles over Land), from the East to the Pacific Coast. And
What is Claimed as the Most Authentic and Reliable Account
of "The Virtual Conquest of California, in June, 1846, by
the Bear Flag Party," as Given by Its Leader, the Late Hon.
William Brown Ide. [Claremont, N.H.]: Published for the
Subscribers, . [2, half-title: Scraps of
California History Never before Published] 239  pp.
16mo, original three-quarter brown morocco over brown
blind-stamped cloth, upper cover gilt-lettered, spine with
raised bands. Other than light foxing to free endpapers, a
fine copy. Very scarce-as early as 1886, Josiah Royce
referred to the book as "uncommon."
First edition of "the first book dealing exclusively with the Bear Flag Revolt" (Library of Congress, California Centennial 118n). Cowan, p. 301. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 223. Graff 2059. Hill, p. 152. Howell, California 50:541. Howes I4. Library of Congress, California Centennial 119. Mintz, The Trail 250: "One source [states] only eighty copies were printed." Streeter Sale 2967: "Interesting account of the overland journey of 1845 and important source on the beginnings of American rule in California in 1846." Zamorano Eighty 45: "William Ide was leader of the Bear Flag movement at Sonoma, and has often been referred to as the 'President' of California.... The book was set in type by hand by Simeon Ide, William's brother, when he was 86 years old. The edition was small and copies are now extremely rare."
"A so-called Republic of California [existed] for a month (June 10 to July 9, 1846) prior to U.S. conquest of the region as part of the Mexican War" (Hart, p. 33). "Only two states in the American Union were republics in their own right. One was, of course, Texas...which survived its fiery birth and lived for ten ever-increasingly prosperous years; it could have gone on into time and history as a stable and powerful independent nation. Less well known...is 'the Bear Flag Revolt' that made California a Republic for 25 days in 1846.... The events that began in 1836 in Texas led directly to the Mexican War and in the end, to the admission of California to the American Union in 1850" (preface to the 1967 Rio Grande Press reprint of Ide's book). Osgood Hard in Scribner's Dictionary of American History (I, p. 171) commented: "Had not the Mexican War intervened, either Ide or Frémont might have stood out as the creator of a new republic, the Sam Houston of the Pacific Coast."
170. IRVING, Washington. The Rocky Mountains;
or, Scenes, Incidents, and Adventures in the Far
West.... Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, and Blanchard, 1837.
248 + 248 pp., 2 folding engraved maps. 2 vols., 12mo,
contemporary sheep with morocco labels. Bindings worn and
with a few tears to the soft leather. Fair copy. Bookplates
of William Cresson of Philadelphia on front pastedown in
First American edition. BAL 10151. Graff 2160. Howes I85: "Explorations and fur-trade operations from Green River to Salt Lake and Walla Walla, 1832-35, including the first account of the trapping expedition over the Sierras to California, led by 'Joe' Walker." Plains & Rockies IV:67:3. Smith 5046. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
171. IVES, P. C. Autograph letter, signed, to his
sister Laura, dated at Washington-on-the-Brazos, June 28,
1844. 4 pp, 8vo. Fine.
The writer provides his sister with a witty description of life in the Republic of Texas.
172. JENKINS, John H. (editor). The Papers of
the Texas Revolution 1835-1836. Austin: Presidial
Press, 1973. 10 vols., complete, 8vo, brown cloth. Top of
spine nicked on vol. 8, otherwise a very fine set. Very
scarce due to fire.
First edition. Basic Texas Books 106: "The most extensive collection of primary resources relating to the Texas Revolution, this set is also the largest single compilation of original source materials on any Texas subject."
172A. JENKINS PUBLISHING COMPANY. Collection of Jenkins Publishing Company publications, with a few by other publishers. Mostly 8vo, original bindings, very good to very fine. Several are presentation copies to Lupe Limon of the Jenkins Publishing Company. Titles include:
FROST, H. Gordon & John H. Jenkins. "I'm Frank Hamer": The Life of a Texas Peace Officer. Austin, 1968. Large 8vo, full dark green morocco, brass Texas Ranger medallion on spine, publisher's slipcase. No. V of 300 signed copies. Basic Texas Books 181: "This biography of the famous Texas Ranger captain gives for the first and only time the authentic and documented details of the Clyde Barrow-Bonnie Parker rampage. In addition, it tells of Hamer's fifty years as a Ranger and peace officer."
GODDARD, Ruth. Porfirio Salinas. Austin, 1975. Large oblong 4to, tan morocco over marbled boards, in slipcase. Limited edition (150 copies, special leather binding).
JENKINS, John. Basic Texas Books. Austin, 1983.
REESE, William. Six Score. Presentation copy, specially bound in leather.
Sam Houston & the Senate. Special edition with Sam Houston document included.
WINFREY, Dorman & James M. Day. The Indian Papers of Texas and the Southwest 1825-1916. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1966.
(Lot of approximately 70 items)
173. JOHNSON, Theodore T. Sights in the Gold
Region, and Scenes by the Way. New York: Baker and
Scribner, 1849. xii, 278 pp. 8vo, original dark brown
blind-stamped cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Corners bumped,
light outer wear, text lightly foxed, else fine.
First edition. Cowan, p. 315. Howes J154. Kurutz, Gold Rush 363a: "One of the earliest, liveliest, and most detailed accounts of the Gold Rush." Plains & Rockies IV:167g:1. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 112: "One of the earliest published accounts by an actual 'returned Californian,' who asserts that he 'visited California to dig gold, but chose to abandon that purpose rather than expose his life and health in the mines.'" Johnson began his journey on February 5, 1849 on board the steamer Crescent City, sailed for Panama City, and entered San Francisco Bay April 1. Observations of camps and towns, prominent individuals, Native Americans and their mistreatment, Peruvians, social life, mining methods, and the natural wealth of California. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
174. JONES, Anson. Memoranda and Official
Correspondence Relating to the Republic of Texas, Its
History and Annexation. Including a Brief Autobiography of
the Author. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1859.
 648 [4, ads] pp., frontispiece portrait. Large 8vo,
original brown blind-stamped cloth. Light wear and a few
minor stains to binding, first and last leaves foxed (as
First edition. Basic Texas Books 113: "The only formal autobiography of a president of the Republic of Texas.... Billington called it 'one of the fullest accounts of the early history of Texas and an essential source of information on its republican period and annexation.' Jones came to Texas in 1833 and became a participant in the activities leading to the revolt against Mexico, surgeon and judge advocate at the Battle of San Jacinto, Secretary of State under Houston, and last President of Texas. His activities on behalf of Texas led him to be called, quite justly, 'the Architect of Annexation.'" Howes J191. Raines, p. 129. Tate, The Indians of Texas 2071. Jones portrays Sam Houston as a less than heroic figure.
175. JONES, Anson. Printed Republic of Texas land
grant for land in Bastrop County, to Jacob Sargel,
completed in manuscript, signed by President Anson Jones
and Commissioner Thomas William Ward. Dated in manuscript:
Austin, April 8, 1845. Printed in New Orleans by David
Felt. 1 p., oblong folio. With embossed seal of the
Republic of Texas and embossed seal of the General Land
Office of the Republic. File notes by Ward on verso and
later official printed slip completed in manuscript.
Lightly browned, one small stain, General Land Office seal
loose from ribbon attachment, else fine.
Anson Jones, physician and public official, was elected as the last president of the Republic of Texas in September 1844 (see The Handbook of Texas Online: Anson Jones). Thomas Ward ("Peg Leg") served as clerk of the House, commissioner of the General Land Office, and three times as mayor of Austin (see The Handbook of Texas Online: Thomas William Ward).
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