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AUCTION 19

46. HALEY, J. Evetts. Fort Concho and the Texas Frontier...Illustrated by H. D. Bugbee. San Angelo: San Angelo Standard-Times, 1952. [12], 352, [2 blank] [1 colophon] [1 blank] pp., maps by José Cisneros, text illustrations by H. D. Bugbee, pictorial endpapers. 8vo, original terracotta cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover, top edge tinted terracotta. Very fine in very fine d.j. with Bugbee illustration.  In publisher’s slipcase with pink printed label; limited edition bookmark laid in. Small mark on spine of slipcase, otherwise very fine. Because the original slipcase is a tight fit for the d.j. and book, the book is usually found with case split and d.j. damaged.  Signed by Haley and Hertzog.

     First edition, limited “San Angelo” edition (#82 of 185 copies). Basic Texas Books 83: “This is one of the best books about any of the vital string of federal forts established in West Texas to tame the frontier.” Campbell, p. 184. CBC 4310. Dobie, pp. 34, 79. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Bugbee 84), (Cisneros 83). Lowman, Printer at the Pass 79A. Northouse, First Printings of Texas Authors, p. 31. Robinson, Haley (1967) 58 (quoting Eugene C. Barker): “It embodies Evetts Haley’s unequaled knowledge of the country from the Rio Grande to the Canadian, from San Antonio and Austin to the border of New Mexico. It could have been written only by a man familiar by personal acquaintance with the location of every water hole and spring, the exploration of every trail from Coronado’s to the Overland Mail, the great cattle drives of the seventies and eighties, the establishment of every military post, and the shifting Indian Territory.... It is no less than a history of West Texas in its heroic age”; Haley (1978) 23b: “In 1952 Fort Concho won the Summerfield Roberts Award given by the Sons of the Texas Republic, as the best book of the year on the frontier history of Texas.” Tate, Indians of Texas 2935: “Considerable detailed information on military conflicts with Comanches across West Texas from the 1850s through 1870s. Book carries a decidedly anti-Indian tone in presenting the settlers’ and army’s viewpoint.”

     A. C. Greene shared with us some of his thoughts and experiences relating to Texas books, and on Haley’s Fort Concho, he remarked:

This is an ideal study of a West Texas post-Civil War fort and the book is beautifully designed by Hertzog and illustrated by Harold Bugbee. I was in the retail book business in 1952, when Fort Concho came out, and one day I got a telephone call from the late Houston Harte, then publisher of the San Angelo Standard-Times newspaper and the man who had hired Haley to write the book. As I had worked for the chain (which preferred to be called “group” rather than “chain”) Mr. Harte knew me. “A.C.,” he said, “I think you ought to buy 100 copies of this book. I’ll give you 50% off less another 2% for cash.” The book retailed for $6, but it would have been impossible for me to have come up with $300, much less cash. So, I ordered six books, kept one and sold the rest.  Today, of course, Fort Concho is a rarity, one fine copy worth as much as I would have paid for 100 copies. My own book shows the effects of much, much use.
($400-800)

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