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Pingenot Auction, Lot 10

10. BANTA, S. E. Buckelew, the Indian Captive, or the Life Story of F. M. Bucklew [sic] while a Captive among the Lipan [Apache] Indians in the Western Wilds of Frontier Texas. Mason: Mason Herald, [1911]. 112 pp., photographic plate of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Buckelew. 12mo, upper and lower grey printed wrappers trimmed and mounted on later grey cloth. Some mild to moderate staining of covers and inner blank margins of first few leaves. Very good copy of an exceedingly rare work.
        First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:96: "Printed in an edition thought to have been limited to only 50 copies; we have not seen another copy in many years." Not in Ayer, Graff, Streeter, or other sales. Howes B108. Pingenot: A fine copy in original wrappers sold from my Cat. 2 for $2,000. Better known by T. S. Dennis’s Life of F. M. Buckelew, The Indian Captive, a 1925 book written by his daughter, which relates the capture of 14-year-old Buckelew by Apache Indians near Sabinal, in southwest Texas in 1866. He was taken to San Carlos near San Vicente in the Big Bend, and held captive for about a year until he managed to escape. Aided by a friendly rancher, he was taken to Fort Clark where curious officers, their wives, and soldiers viewed him as a curiosity. In this, the original work, Buckelew relates his adventures in the first person, aided by S. E. Banta.
($1,000-3,000)