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on this expedition that San Francisco Bay was discovered by land

approach.” Wagner,

Spanish Southwest

149

.

Zamorano

80

#

22

.

(

$15

,

000

-

30

,

000

)

Superb Collection of Davy Crockett Almanacs

Economical on Truth but Rich in Humor & Social Insights

44

. [CROCKETT, DAVID]. Collection of

21

Crockett almanacs, all

in original pictorial wraps and profusely illustrated with humorous

wood-engraved illustrations.

21

vols.,

8

vo, original pictorial wrappers.

Other than the usual slight edge wear, very

fi

ne examples of unusual

survivals in this condition, all but one with original stitching, all

untrimmed, some unopened. The most extensive run of Crockett

almanacs o

ff

ered in many decades.

First editions.

Grolier American

Hundred

39

(citing the Nashville series): “It was the Crockett

Almanacks which made Crockett a legendary

fi

gure and a part of

American folk-lore.” Howes C

897

. Phillips,

American Sporting Books,

pp.

18

-

20

. The Nashville imprints seldom come on the market, and

the

Yaller Flower Almanac

is particularly elusive. The almanacs with

Texas-Alamo content are much sought after. See complete catalogu-

ing and numerous illustrations at our web site.

(

$50

,

000

-

75

,

000

)

45

. DAVIS, W[illiam] W[atts] H[art].

El Gringo; or, New Mexico and

Her People.

New York,

1857

.

13

wood-engraved plates .

8

vo, original

cloth. Spine tips slightly frayed, a few spots on covers, lightly shelf

worn, a few minor stains to

fi

rst leaves, light scattered foxing, light

ex-library, overall very good, tight and clean.

First edition

of one of

the earliest full-length books on New Mexico in English. Dobie, p.

76

: “Excellent on manners and customs.” Dykes,

Western High Spots

,

p.

12

(“Western Movement—Its Literature”). Gra

ff 1021

. Howes

D

139

. Laird,

Hopi

536

.

Plains & Rockies

IV:

289

. Rader

1073

. Raines, p.

64

. Rittenhouse

153

. Saunders

4013

. Streeter Sale

437

. The illustrations

are one of the important features of the book, being very early views

of the region executed on the spot by a trained artist. All but one are

the work of Joseph Horace Eaton.

(

$125

-

250

)

46

. DE CORDOVA, J[acob Raphael].

Texas: Her Resources and Her

Public Men. A Companion for J. De Cordova’s New and Correct Map of

the State of Texas.... First Edition.

Philadelphia,

1858

.

8

vo, original

cloth. Binding faded (especially at spine), light outer staining and

shelf wear, interior with light scattered foxing, front free endpaper

with small strip clipped at top, generally very good. Author’s signed

presentation copy to Republic of Texas Naval hero Edwin W. Moore.

First edition

,

fi

rst issue

.

Basic Texas Books

38

: “The

fi

rst attempt at an

encyclopedia of Texas.” Dykes,

Western High Spots

(“Western

Movement—Its Literature”), pp.

12

-

13

. Eberstadt,

Texas

162

:

245

.

Howes D

201

. Raines, p.

68

. Sabin

16775

. Natalie Ornish, refers to De

Cordova’s sobriquet “Publicist of an Empire” and comments: “De

Cordova literally sold Texas to the world” (p.

58

,

Pioneer Jewish

Texans,

Dallas: Texas Heritage Press,

1989

). This work was meant to

accompany the author’s great map of Texas (see Lot

91

herein). This

book is a necessary adjunct to anyone fortunate enough to own the

De Cordova map.

(

$500

-

1

,

000

)

47

. DÍAZ CALVILLO, Juan Bautista.

Sermon que en el aniversario

solemne de gracias a María Santísima de los Remedios....

[Second title]

Noticias para la historia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios desde el año

de

1808

, hasta el corriente de

1812

.....

Mexico,

1811

&

1812

. Folded cop-

per-engraved plate. Small

4

to, original vellum. Binding darkened and

wrinkled, lining papers separating, faint erasures on title, internally

very

fi

ne, the engraved plate in strong impression and very

fi

ne.

First

edition.

Medina,

Mexico

10628

. Palau

72318

. Sabin

19974

. This work is

an example of the rather sophisticated type of propaganda used by

the government to bolster its position, to discredit Hidalgo and the

rebels, and to portray divine intervention on its behalf. The unusual

copper-engraved plate, for example, illustrates three heavenly phe-

nomena that appeared in the skies during the course of several bat-

tles. These are cited as proof that the Virgen de los Remedios sup-

ported the Royalist cause.

(

$750

-

1

,

500

)

48

. DICK DOWLING CAMP NO.

197

. UNITED CONFEDER-

ATE VETERANS.

Confederate Gray Book, Dick Dowling Camp No.

197

. United Confederate Veterans. Houston, Texas Forty-Three Defeated

Fifteen Thousand at Sabine Pass, Texas...

[wrapper title]

.

[Houston, ca.

1908

]. Illustrated (including photographs).

8

vo, original wrappers.

Last two pages wanting lower left blank corners, old newspaper clip-

ping pasted across two pages, otherwise

fi

ne in glassine wrap.

First

edition

of a publication intended in part to celebrate Confederate vic-

tories in the Civil War, with considerable coverage of the Battle of

Sabine Pass. Wonderful ads document Houston local history.

(

$150

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300

)

Fabulas del Pensador Mexicano

with Engravings in Bistre

49

. FERNÁNDEZ DE LIZARDI, José Joaquín.

Fabulas del

Pensador Mexicano

[engraved title]. Mexico,

1831

.

39

(of

40

; lacking

plate

27

) copper-engraved plates printed in bistre (illustations of

fables) by José Mariano Torreblanca.

12

mo, later plain papers wrap-

pers with contemporary endleaves preserved. Upper wrapper and

fi

rst few leaves slightly darkened, lower right blank corner of second

plate supplied, a few leaves at center of book with small ink stain in

right blank margin, light scattered foxing. Second edition (the

fi

rst

edition was published in

1817

, but the engravings were printed in

black rather than in bistre; the

fi

rst edition is legendarily rare, as is

this one). González Obregón,

Lizardi

, p.

61

. Mathes,

La Ilustración

en México colonial

, p.

139

. Palau

89081

. Romero de Terreros,

Grabados

y grabadores in la Nueva España

, pp.

543

-

544

(Torreblanca).

Fernández de Lizardi (

1776

-

1827

), a talented polymath sometimes

referred to as the Voltaire of Mexico, here presents a very early

Mexican experiment in the fable genre. He states that his intent in

writing this work is to gently reform manners and morals by means

of instructive tales. Above all, the author was a fearless champion of

freedom of the press.

(

$1

,

000

-

2

,

000

)

50

. FILISOLA, Vicente.

Memorias para la historia de la guerra de

Tejas....

Mexico: Ignacio Cumplido,

1849

.

2

vols. in one,

8

vo, contem-

porary Mexican calf (neatly rebacked, preserving most of original

gilt-lettered and decorated spine). Corners and edges of binding

expertly renewed. Other than light uniform browning, interior very

good. Modern book plate of José L. González, and with his blind-

embossed stamp on lower corner of title.

First edition

of the

Cumplido edition of Filisola’s memoirs (Rafael published an edition

in Mexico in

1848

and

1849

); the Cumplido edition provides the best

coverage of the Battle of the Alamo and the

1836

campaign, and the

two editions complement one another.

Basic Texas Books

62

.

Eberstadt,

Texas

162

:

236

. Howes F

126

. Palau

91612

. Raines, p.

82

.

Sabin

24324

. Streeter

853

n: “Largely made up of army orders issued

during the period.... One of the most important sources on Texas

from the

1820

s through

1837

...enriched with scores of original docu-

ments and military orders unavailable elsewhere.” W. Michael