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AUCTION 19

166. SHIPMAN, Mrs. O. L. [Alice Jack Dolan]. Taming the Big Bend a History of the Extreme Western Portion of Texas from Fort Clark to El Paso. [Marfa: Published by author, 1926]. viii, 215, [1 blank] pp., 4 plates (photographic, including frontispiece portrait of Pat Dolan), large folded map: Military Map of the Rio Grande Frontier Prepared from Original Surveys, County Maps, Reports of Officers, etc. by Capt. W. R. Livermore... (37.0 x 26.3 cm). 8vo, original gilt-lettered purple moiré cloth. Binding with mild to moderate shelf wear (especially along edges), front hinge weak, overall a very good copy with occasional pencil marks.  Carl Hertzog’s copy, with his book plate, and Betty Smedley’s catalogue slip offering the book at $175 and Carl’s note that her offering was in September 1983.

     First edition of a basic Big Bend book. Adams, Guns 2006: “In a chapter entitled ‘Law West of the Pecos’ the author deals with the Texas Rangers and lawlessness. In another chapter there is mention of the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid, John Wesley Hardin, John Selman, and other gunmen of the Southwest.” Adams, Herd 2063. Basic Texas Books 184: “This worthwhile account of the Big Bend region during the nineteenth century is especially valuable because one of Shipman’s major sources was her pioneer father, who...lived on the Texas frontier for seventy-five years.... She also quotes extensively from other pioneers and transients in the region, such as John L. Bullis, commander of [Seminole-Black] Indian scouts under Mackenzie; A. J. Fairmore and P. Bougad on the El Paso Salt War; Mexican outlaw Victor Ochoa; and Texas Ranger T. T. Cook. The work contains chapters on the early mail routes, the boundary commission, the camel experiment, military posts, freighting, civil affairs, Indian campaigns, Texas Rangers, ranching, outlaws, mining, and Mexican revolutionary activities.” CBC 53 (plus 13 other entries).  Howes S422.

     Shipman includes a chapter on ranching and a section of sketches of early pioneer and ranching families. Regarding women in Texas and the West, Mrs. Shipman includes sketches of women pioneers and comments: “So long as a woman remained in what the Westerner called her ‘place,’ she was the object of the greatest respect and the tenderest consideration, but let her wander from its limitations and her path was not pleasant. If she was masculine in thought or actions she was severely criticized; the Westerner wanted his womenfolk domestically inclined.” ($250-500) 

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