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Auction 11, Cartography
Rarities

Items 176-200

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN'S BOYHOOD FRIEND

176. JONES, John Rice [Jr.], et al. Autograph manuscript, signed, certifying the good character of a lady, dated at San Felipe, June 1835, and signed Jno. R. Jones. Also signed by John B. Johnson, McH Winburn, Th. Urban, and in pencil by Thos. Gay. 1 p. (on 4-page folded note paper), 16mo. Age toned, overall fine.
        Jones states: "At the request of M Leach we declare that with the exception of the procedings instituted by N Tiley we know of nothing that has occured with regard to herself & M Leach that can at all affect her character as a respectable and well deserving Lady." With Urban's brief notations on p. [3]: "M. Sommerville out of town; Miller Do.; Baker engaged with ayuntimento; Cochran out of town." Jones was a boyhood friend of Stephen F. Austin in Missouri. He served in the War of 1812 and held several civil positions before moving to Texas in 1831. His father was in partnership with Moses Austin in a lead-mining operation (see The Handbook of Texas Online: John Rice Jones, Jr.). Other signers of this document were at the Battle of San Jacinto. McHenry Winburn served as a private in Captain Baker's company, and Thomas Gay served from February 3 to April 26, 1836. Urban's note refers to other residents of San Felipe: "Sommerville" may be Alexander Somervell, who participated in the Battle of San Jacinto and served as secretary of war under President Burnet (see Dixon, Heroes of San Jacinto). Cochran may be the Jeremiah D. Cochrane who enrolled in the Texas army at San Felipe, February 29, and served until May 29, 1836, in Captain Baker's company.
($300-600)

"ONE OF THE FEW SURVIVING ACCOUNTS OF LIFE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY TEXAS FROM THE INDIAN POINT-OF-VIEW"

177. JONES, Jonathan H. A Condensed History of the Apache and Comanche Indian Tribes.... Prepared from the General Conversations of Herman Lehmann, Willie Lehmann.... San Antonio: Jonathan H. Johnson, 1899. 235 pp., including pictorial frontispiece, plates (photographic & engraved), text illustrations. 8vo, original blue blind-stamped gilt-pictorial cloth. Binding lightly stained, a few spots in text, new endpapers (crudely applied), but all in all, in much better condition than usually found (when it can be found). Very rare, little known, and captivating.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 124: "One of the most remarkable accounts of life among hostile Texas Indians, this is also one of the few surviving accounts of life in nineteenth-century Texas from the Indian point-of-view.... He was the last, or almost the last, white captive who was returned and lived to tell of it. His story is the most fascinating narrative...ever written about Indian life in Texas.... The major significance of the Lehmann story is that it gives us a clear and virtually unique insight into the Indian warfare in Texas as it was perceived by the Indians, and into every aspect of Plains Indian culture and daily life. Lehmann became an Indian in thought and in deed." Dobie, p. 34 (citing the 1927 edition): "Best captive narrative of the Southwest" (A. C. Greene, whose brilliantly edited version of the narrative was printed by Bill Wittliff in 1972, agrees with this assessment). Graff 2246. Howes J232. Rader 2122. Tate, The Indians of Texas 2306. Vaughan, Narratives of North American Indian Captivity 162.
        An Apache raiding party captured ten-year-old Lehmann (1859-1932) from his German family in Mason County in 1870. He lived with the Apaches, and later the Comanches, adapting quite well to all aspects of their cultures, readily scalping and killing, and taking part in expeditions against Texas Rangers, other tribes, Mexicans, and Anglo settlers. Comanche chief Quanah Parker adopted Lehmann as his son but insisted that he return to his white family, which Lehmann reluctantly did in 1878. Lehmann never fully readjusted to Anglo civilization, and his period of readjustment is as intriguing as his captivity.
($1,000-2,000)

 

178. JUÁREZ, Benito. Printed document, signed, certifying the appointment of Felix Barron as public scribe. Mexico, February 19, 1862. Fine. Under glass, framed.
        An excellent letter by Juárez, a unique and majestic figure of nineteenth-century Mexico, whose transition from humble Zapotec shepherd boy to president was remarkable in a class-dominated society. As a lawyer, statesman, and preserver of his republic in time of great danger, he has been compared to Abraham Lincoln.
($500-1,000)

 

179. [KANE, PAUL]. HARPER, J. Russell (editor). Paul Kane's Frontier, Including Wanderings of an Artist among the Indians of North America. Austin & London: University of Texas Press [for the Amon Carter Museum and the National Gallery of Canada, 1971]. xviii, 349 pp., frontispiece, color plates, profusely illustrated. 4to, original tan suede, gilt spine. Very fine in slipcase.
        First edition, limited edition (#32 of 300, of which 250 were for sale). Kane recounts his life and career as an artist during his travels in the great wilderness of the Northwest 1845-48, during which he sketched and painted Native Americans, depicting their customs, costumes, ceremonies, and landscapes. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Robert Isham.
($200-400)

 

180. KANSAS CENTRAL RAILWAY. Statement of the Condition and Resources of the Kansas Central Railway (Narrow Gauge) from Leavenworth, Kansas to Denver, Colorado. Leavenworth: Office of the Kansas Farmer, 1871. 19 pp., folding map: Map of the Kansas Central Railway and Its Connections (31.7 x 59 cm; 12-1/2 x 23-1/4 inches; printed on onionskin paper, route outlined in red). 8vo, original blue wrappers printed and decorated in black and gold, sewn. Lightly foxed, otherwise fine, the map excellent.
        First edition. Graff 2273. A scarce railroad promotional with a good map.
($500-1,000)

 

181A. [KENNEDY, John P.]. Printed document completed in manuscript, dated February 12, 1846, signed by Harrison County District Clerk Samuel Henson, commencing: The [Republic] of Texas County of Harrison, To the Sheriff of said County, Greeting: You are hereby commanded to summons [John Smoker] to be and appear at the next term of the District court...at the Town of Marshall, on the [5th] Monday after the fourth Monday in [March] Anno Domini, 184[6], to [answer the complaint of the Republic of Texas in a plea of debt for ninety thousand dollars...]. 1 p., oblong 8vo. Right edges chipped, remnants of orange wax seals on left edge, paper browned, but overall very good. Verso with filing notes and a note signed by John P. Kennedy, 27th April 1846.
        This is very likely the same John Kennedy of Harris County as in our Item 90 in Auction 10. We were not able to trace the nature of the $90,000 debt.
($150-300)

"THE FIRST BOOK OF TEXAS POETRY"-STREETER

182. KERR, Hugh. A Poetical Description of Texas, and Narrative of Many Interesting Events in That Country...also, an Appeal to Those Who Oppose the Union of Texas with the United States.... New York: Published for the Author, 1838. 122 pp. 16mo, original brown cloth (rebacked in matching cloth). Binding worn, some staining and soiling to text.
        First edition. Raines, p. 133. Streeter 1317: "This is Texas history in pretty poor verse, but it apparently can be characterized as the first book of Texas poetry. A brief notice of the book in the Telegraph and Texas Register for February 27, 1839, taken from the Louisiana Advertiser...refers to Kerr as 'a gentleman who has devoted much of his time and means to the interests of the infant republic. At the commencement of the war in Texas, he had printed and diffused around, many martial and patriotic songs!'" Webb, Texana 1.
($750-1,500)

 

183. KIMBALL, J. P. Laws and Decrees of the State of Coahuila and Texas, in Spanish and English, to Which Is Added the Constitution of Said State, also the Colonization Law.... Houston: Telegraph Power Press, 1839. 353 (English and Spanish on facing pages with same page number) [1, blank] 6 [1] 4 [3] pp. 8vo, full modern Mexican tree sheep. Upper hinge partially cracked (but strong), minor chipping to edges of a few leaves, text moderately stained and browned, overall a very good copy.
        First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:461: "An indispensable collection." Library of Congress, Texas 73. Streeter 310. Contains the first complete translation into English of the Mexican laws relating to Texas.
($500-750)

 

184. LAMAR, Mirabeau B. Printed document, signed, dated at Houston, March 22, 1839, commencing: In the Name and by the Authority of the Republic of Texas. To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern-Greetings: Be it known, That I, Mirabeau B. Lamar, President of said Republic of Texas, reposing special trust and full confidence in the honor, patriotism, fidelity, skill and capacity of [John Kirchoffer] do by these presents, constitute and appoint him, the said [John Kirchoffer] to the office of [Chief Justice of the County of Houston]. 4 pp., 4to. Blue blind-stamped great seal of the Republic of Texas affixed. Sworn affirmation signed by Isaac Parker on p. 4. Edges lightly browned, chipped along right edge, else very fine.
        Very rare Lamar signature in this format; bonds are normally offered. Isaac Parker, Texas legislator and representative to Congress from Houston County in 1839, was the uncle of Cynthia Ann Parker and the great uncle of Quanah Parker. See The Handbook of Texas Online: Isaac Parker.
($1,200-1,400)

 

185. LAMAR, Mirabeau B. Printed land grant completed in manuscript and signed by Lamar as president of the Republic and John P. Borden as commissioner general. Houston, February 25, 1839. 1 p, folio. Creased where folded, a few old ink spots.
        Signed by Lamar, Texas patriot, poet, first vice president and second president of the Republic of Texas, founder of the Philosophical Society of Texas, "Father of Texas Education," and bitter enemy of Sam Houston. This grant is of more than passing interest, because it is made out to Texas's first Anglo attorney, Thomas Jefferson Chambers.
($800-1,600)

 

 

ON JEFF DYKES' LIST OF TEN MOST OUTSTANDING BOOKS ON THE WEST

186. LANE, Walter P. The Adventures and Recollections of General Walter P. Lane, a San Jacinto Veteran. Containing Sketches of the Texian, Mexican, and Late Wars, with Several Indian Fights Thrown In. Marshall: Tri-Weekly Herald, 1887. [2, errata] [6] 114 pp., including wood-engraved portrait of author. 16mo, later full flexible maroon roan wrappers, upper cover gilt-lettered. Foot of spine chipped, upper hinge cracked, text trimmed close (no losses). From the library of Texas historian John Henry Brown, with gift inscription on front endpaper, "Pierre Brown Mitchel with love from his Aunt Marion T. Brown, 5614 Richmond Ave., Dallas, Texas, Jan. 2/37." Preserved in a crimson levant morocco box.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 119: "One of the best Texas military memoirs, this is also a prime source on the period from the Texas Revolution through the Civil War. No Texas military hero spent more time in the thick of the action than Lane, and his memoirs are meaty with anecdotes and incidents relating to the revolution, the Indian campaigns, the Mexican War, and the Civil War." Dykes, Western High Spots ("My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West"), p. 22. Eberstadt, Texas 162:473: "Adventures of a San Jacinto Veteran.... A rare and authentic narrative, a prime source for Texas history from the struggle for independence to the close of the Civil War." Graff 2384. Howes L69. Nevins, CWB I:119. Parrish, Civil War Texana 57: "Exceedingly rare." Raines, p. 136: "A raw Irish youth of nineteen at San Jacinto, where he distinguished himself." Vandale 100. Lane went to the California mines in 1849 (he and his companion James McMurtry almost drowned in a flood on the Sacramento River). Lane later traveled to Nevada, South America, and Arizona, returning to Texas before the Civil War. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($1,200-2,400)

 

 

CONSTITUTION OF TEXAS & LAWS RELATING TO COLONIZATION

187. [LANGWORTHY, Asahel]. The Constitution of the Republic of Mexico, and of the State of Coahuila & Texas. Containing also the Laws...Relating to Colonization, with Sundry Other Laws and Documents not before Published, Particularly Relating to...Texas, and the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company. New York: Ludwig and Tolefree, 1832. 113 pp. 8vo, modern tan calf. Title repaired, occasional light foxing, but generally very good.
        First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:478: "An extremely early and important work on Texas, including documents relating to the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company, the grants to Wilson, Exter, and Domínguez, and a description of the grants made in 1831 to the Arkansas and Texas Land Company. Colonel Langworthy's extensive observations on the resources and commercial advantages of Texas were derived from personal travels there in 1831." Howes C504. Streeter 1130.
($1,250-2,500)

 

188. LARSON, James. Sergeant Larson, 4th Cav. San Antonio: Southern Literary Institute, 1935. [14] 326 pp., frontispiece portrait (photographic), text illustrations after the author's sketches. 8vo, original blue gilt-decorated cloth. Moderate wear and a few stains to binding, front hinge abraded, pastedowns lightly foxed.
        First edition, limited edition (#55 of 300 copies). Coulter, Travels in the Confederate States 284. Dornbusch II:1618. This obscurely published and rare memoir of service in the 4th Cavalry has an introduction by Annie Larson Blum, Sergeant Larson's daughter. James Larson (1841-1921) was born in Wisconsin and enlisted in the U.S. Army in St. Louis where for more than a year he saw frontier service with officers like John Sedgwick and J. E. B. Stuart, fighting Native Americans, mostly in the vicinity of Fort Riley. During the Civil War he saw much fighting in the campaigns in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. At the end of the war, he accompanied his unit by boat from New Orleans to Matagorda Bay and marched from there to San Antonio.
($300-600)

 

189. LASATER, Laurence. The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1972. xiii [1] 69 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original "cowhide" over pictorial linen. Very fine in original pictorial green linen slipcase. Signed by Laurence Lasater, Carl Hertzog, and Tom Lasater.
        First edition, limited edition (#295 of 295 copies). Reese, Six Score 67: "One of the most revolutionary books written on cattle raising. The Tom Lasater theories, as the introduction points out, cover everything 'from range ecology to merchandising'.... An absolute essential for anyone who likes cows."
($100-200)

DISPOSITION OF THE MEXICAN PRISONERS CAPTURED AT SAN JACINTO

190. LAWRENCE, William. Letter, signed, addressed to John Work, dated at Galveston, August 16, 1836. 2 pp., integral address. Very good.
        In his capacity as quartermaster of the Texian army at Galveston, Lawrence instructs John Work to remove the Mexican prisoners captured at San Jacinto from Galveston to Liberty and authorizes Work to requisition supplies for the purpose, requiring him to make regular reports of his activities.
($250-500)

 

SADDLE-BLANKET EDITION

191. LEA, Tom. The King Ranch. Kingsville: Printed for the King Ranch [by Carl Hertzog], 1957. [10] 467 + [9] 469-838 pp., illustrations by author (some in color), facsimiles, maps. 2 vols., square 8vo, original natural linen with the King Ranch "Running W" brand. Very fine in original slipcase and shipping box.
        First edition, limited edition, the Saddle Blanket edition. Adams, Herd 1319. Basic Texas Books 121. Dykes, Lea 65; Western High Spots, pp. 79, 102. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 99; Printing Arts in Texas, p. 54: "Lea's history of the King Ranch is one of the most important books ever to emerge from a Texas background. Its typographical achievement is equally distinguished." Reese, Six Score 69: "Privately printed history of the largest ranch in Texas.... Perhaps the most exhaustive ranch history ever written." Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by the King Ranch.
(2 vols.)
($750-1,500)

AGENT PROVOCATEUR DAVID BURNET IN TEXAS

192. LÓPEZ DE SANTA ANNA, Antonio. Pronunciamiento del escmo. Sr. General D. Antonio López de Santa-Anna.... Fortaleza de Perote, September 8, 1841. Large folio bando. Light creases where formerly folded, small tear at one fold (no losses).
        First printing. Santa Anna's pronouncement adhering to the Plan of Guadalajara as modified by Valencia. He refers to various insurrections occurring in Mexico and agents provocateur such as Cuban rebel Sentmanat in Tabasco, Inman in Yucatán, Gordiano Guzman in Jalisco, "David Burnet en Tejas, y los indios bárbaros en nuestra frontera." See Bancroft, Mexico V, chapters 9 & 10.
($150-300)

 

193. [LUBBOCK, FRANCIS RICHARD]. Original manuscript document addressed to Captain F. Lubbock, Provost Marshal, Matagorda, signed by the Major and Provost Marshal General, District of Texas, New Mexico & Arizona, dated at Houston, Dec. 23, 1864. 1 p., 8vo, written in sepia ink on official partially printed orders form from the Office of Provost Marshal General. Fine, with envelope addressed to Lubbock at Matagorda.
        The document orders Lubbock to cause the named prisoners who escaped from the Guard House at Houston to be arrested if found in his jurisdiction, and to be forwarded to the Office of Provost Marshal General, District of Texas, New Mexico, & Arizona, in Houston. Includes a clipping on "The Death of Lubbock" from the Southern Industrial and Lumber Review, July 1905, with a brief biographical sketch and a photograph of Lubbock, captioned "The Late Francis Richard Lubbock, War Governor of Texas." Also included is a clipping (n.p., n.d.) reprinting a circular from the Office of Chief Commissary of Subsistence, District of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, San Antonio, Texas, June 1, 1863, with orders from N. B. Pearce, Major and Chief of Subsistence for the District, regarding communications and supplies, and a circular from Wm. H. Thomas, Major and C. S. Office Chief Commissary, San Antonio, Texas, June 7, 1863, regarding supplies. Reverse of clipping includes brief reports from various newspapers on Civil War battles at Vicksburg and elsewhere.
        Lubbock was elected governor of Texas in 1861 (see The Handbook of Texas Online: Frank R. Lubbock). He staunchly supported the Confederacy and worked to improve the military capabilities of Texas. When his term of office ended, he entered military service. In August 1864 he was appointed aide-de-camp to Jefferson Davis and traveled to Richmond, where he provided Davis with firsthand information on the war west of the Mississippi River. During the Civil War, Matagorda was one of eight Texas ports used by blockade runners delivering supplies and equipment to the Confederacy.
($400-600)

 

194. LUBBOCK, Francis Richard. Six Decades in Texas; or, Memoirs of Francis Richard Lubbock, Governor of Texas in War-Time, 1861-63, a Personal Experience in Business, War, and Politics. Edited by C. W. Raines.... Austin: Ben C. Jones & Co. Printers, 1900. xvi, 685 pp. 8vo, original three-quarter maroon morocco over green cloth. Binding worn (joints split but strong), hinges strengthened with cloth tape, occasional mild foxing to text. Affixed to front pastedown is Lubbock's original autograph letter, signed, dated at Austin on November 26, 1897 (1 p., 4to, on printed letterhead for the Office of Texas Veterans Association, to Ingham Roberts in Houston, thanking him for subscribing to the book).
        First edition, deluxe edition in the special binding with gilt star on upper cover. Basic Texas Books 130: "When this interesting autobiography was published in 1900, its author had been in Texas for sixty-four years, during sixty-three of which he had held some form of public office in his adopted state. His memoirs...are entertaining and forthright, full of humor and entirely lacking in vanity.... Lubbock gives us one of the best accounts of business life in early Texas.... During the Civil War, Lubbock served as Governor of Texas, but resigned to get into the action." Dobie, p. 52. Howes L542. Nevins, CWB II:196. Parrish, Civil War Texana 59. Raines, p. 141.
($400-800)

 

195. MACOMB, John N. Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fé, New Mexico, to the Junction of the Grand and Green Rivers of the Great Colorado of the West, in 1859, under the Command of Capt. J. N. Macomb,...with Geological Report by Prof. J. S. Newberry.... Washington: GPO, 1876. vii [1, blank] 152 pp., 22 lithographic plates (11 in color) of scenes in New Mexico and Arizona. 4to, original dark brown cloth. Light outer wear, stain on front pastedown, otherwise fine. Lacking folding map, as is often the case.
        First edition. Alliot, p. 144. Graff 2647. Howes M179: "Publication of this report was intended for 1861, but the Civil War compelled a delay of fifteen years." Saunders 3030. The expedition under Macomb went west from Santa Fe across northern New Mexico and Arizona to the Colorado. "[The San Juan expedition] showed conclusively that no feasible supply route existed leading into the Great Basin from that direction. However, in the realm of geography and geology its implications were considerable. The whole drainage of the San Juan had been traced and the relationship of that river with the Colorado clearly established. More important, they had also established that the Green River united with the Grand to form the Colorado. The entire maze of intricate canyon country had been threaded, and its geography revealed for the first time. In addition, Newberry was able to establish numerous stratigraphic columns, and to trace the Triassic, Jurassic, and Carboniferous strata far out across the Colorado River.... Newberry...introduced a new level of sophistication into the study of western geology.... Of Newberry it might be said that more than any other scientist since Frémont he had opened up new and unknown country to the civilized world" (Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West).
($400-600)

 

196. MADELÈNE, Henry de la. Le Comte Gaston de Raousset-Boulbon: Sa vie et ses aventures (d'après ses papiers et sa correspondance). Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1859. 162 pp. 12mo, contemporary green calf over marbled boards, spine gilt with raised bands. Edges lightly worn, corners bumped, internally fine.
        Second edition (first edition, Alençon, 1856). Alliot, p. 44 (cites only 2d ed.). Cowan, p. 340. Howes M198: "The audacious dream of the conquest of Sonora and the mines of Arizona; extinguished only by two ill-starred expeditions and a final firing squad." Biography of French nobleman Raousset-Boulbon, the soldier-of-fortune and San Francisco pioneer who organized the celebrated filibustering expedition. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($150-300)

 

FIRST PARIS EDITION, IN PINK WRAPPERS

197. MARRYAT, [Frederick]. A Diary in America, with Remarks on Its Institutions. Paris: Baudry's European Library, 1839-40. 4 (ads) [6] 345 [1, blank] + 4 (ads) [4] 353 [1, blank] pp., 2 folding lithographed maps: (1) Aboriginal America; (2) Portion of Middle Florida, Shewing the Seat of Hostilities between Seminole Indians, and the United States. 2 vols., 8vo, original pink printed wrappers. Edges of fragile wraps lightly frayed, otherwise fine, entirely uncut and unopened.
        First Paris edition. Clark, Old South III:204n. Howes M300n & 301n. This issue is unknown to Howes, being printed and published in Paris with text in English. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.

(2 vols.)
($200-400)

 

TEXAS DESCRIBED AS "THE RESORT OF VAGABONDS AND SCOUNDRELS"

198. MARRYAT, [Frederick]. The Travels and Romantic Adventures of Monsieur Violet, among the Snake Indians and Wild Tribes of the Great Western Prairies. London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1843. viii, 312 + [iv] 318 + [iv] 299 pp., folding lithographed map of the land of the Shoshones. 3 vols., original red cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Slightly shelf-slanted and rubbed, generally very good and bright.
        First edition, second issue, with the cancel titles (but also with half titles not called for by Streeter). Cowan, p. 416. Gunn, Mexico in American and British Letters 324. Howes M302. Raines, p. 147: "A sensational story." Plains & Rockies IV:97. Streeter 1458A: "This tale of the adventures of Monsieur Violet, first in California as a young man with the Shoshone Indians in the thirties, then, in Volume II and part of Volume III, in Texas in the early forties, is used by Marryat to vent his spleen on 'the Yankees' and especially on Texas and the Texans. Texas is characterized as the resort of vagabonds and scoundrels who could not remain in the United States and the country as 'wholly destitute of principle and probity.' The Mexicans who had left San Antonio for Mexico were replaced by six or seven-hundred 'drunkards, thieves and murderers,' with similar epithets scattered through the text.... The map has the weird California geography of the time." Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.

(3 vols.)
($150-300)

 

SIGNED BY TWO OLD THREE HUNDREDS & FOUNDERS OF MATAGORDA

199. MATAGORDA. PROPRIETORS. Printed form completed in manuscript, text commencing: Town of Matagorda, [April 4th], 183[3]. This Certifies, That, at the sale of In and Out-Lots in said town, held on the [date here of Lewis L. Victor?] became the highest bidder.... [San Felipe de Austin: Printed by G. B. Cotten, 1830?]. Oblong 8vo broadside. Light marginal browning, creased where formerly folded, two tiny chips to blank margins at old folds. Signed by two of the proprietors, both of whom were Old Three Hundreds-Ira Ingram (first alcalde of Matagorda) and Elias Wightman, a partner of Stephen F. Austin's in the founding of Matagorda.
        First printing of a broadside relating to early printing in Texas and the early establishment of towns in the Republic of Texas. Streeter 18.1 (new entry in the revised Streeter; only one copy is located-in a private collection): "This certificate is in effect a form for a deed.... The date of printing was probably 1830 or early 1831.... The 'out' lots of the 'In and Out' lots referred to in the certificate were the lots not included in the laid-out blocks making up the center of the town." Stephen F. Austin held an interest in this venture, having secured permission in 1827 from the Mexican government to build a town to protect immigrants to Texas. Matagorda was incorporated in 1830. For a companion imprint, see Item 200, following.
($3,000-6,000)

 

200. MATAGORDA. PROPRIETORS. Printed broadside completed in manuscript, with accompanying manuscript documents, text commencing: Town of Matagorda, [January 26th] 183[3]. This Certifies, that, in conformity with the provisions of the preamble of the Constitution of the Proprietors of the above Town...signed...by all the then owners of said town league; [quotation follows from the constitution stating that to encourage] the settlement of industrious and good mechanics and laborers, and...other enterprising, exemplary and useful persons...by donating, selling or leasing building lots to them, [the president is authorized] to donate such lots.... Now Therefore, be it known and remembered, that, permission is granted under the foregoing provisions, unto to take possession....in the aforesaid town of Matagorda...[Captain Silas Dinsmore Jr.]. [San Felipe de Austin: Printed by G. B. Cotten, 1830?]. Minor marginal chipping and some old staining.
        First printing of another rare Republic of Texas imprint related to the establishment of Matagorda (see preceding entry, Item 199). Streeter 18.2 (new entry in the revised Streeter; only one other copy is located-in a private collection).
($3,000-6,000)

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