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Pingenot Auction, Lot 42

42. BOX, Michael James. Capt. James Box’s Adventures & Explorations in New & Old Mexico. New York: James Miller, 1869. 344 pp. 8vo, original dark green pebbled cloth, embossed sides, gilt title on spine. Two short tears to blank upper margin of title neatly mended, else a bright, crisp copy.
        First edition, second issue (same sheets as the 1861 printing but with new title-page on a cancel). Eberstadt 107:35: "Box was a Captain of the Texas Rangers, a keen and faithful observer, and his book is one of the best descriptive narratives of the southwestern country." Graff 372: "This excellent narrative is based on the author’s personal experiences, especially as a member of the Texas Rangers." Howes B671. The book is an overlooked source for documentation on borderlands ranching operations in Northern Mexico and Arizona (including Gandara, Brevoort, and others in Arizona). Mining, agriculture, and irrigation for the same regions are well covered. The Appendix contains a "Plan of a National Pacific Railroad."
($200-400)