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Pingenot Auction, Lot 59

CAMELS IN THE WEST

59. [CAMELS]. Lot of 9 titles:

BONSAL, Stephen. Edward Fitzgerald Beale. A Pioneer in the Path of Empire. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1912. xii [1] 312 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 8vo, original dark blue cloth with gilt title on spine. Slight wear else a near fine copy. Presentation inscribed by Beale’s son, Truxtun Beale, on front pastedown.
        First edition. Adams, Guns 237: "Contains some material on Joaquin Murieta and Three-fingered Jack Garcia. Bonsal says that the head of Murieta and the hand of Three-fingered Jack were brought to his camp ‘but a few hours after these scoundrels were shot.’" Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 497. Cowan, p. 62. Flake 591. Howes B608. Tutorow 3748. Pingenot: Beale was an officer under Commodore Stockton and fought with the army at San Pasqual with Kit Carson; he carried to Stockton at San Diego the news of General Kearny’s desperate situation. Beale also carried the first gold east; later became a noted explorer, surveyor, and builder of roads. This work also contains a narrative of Beale’s trip across the plains in 1853 and his Camel Corp expedition from Texas to California in 1857.

Camels in Texas [cover title]. [San Jacinto Monument: San Jacinto Museum of History Association, 1956]. 12 pp., illustrations. Oblong 8vo, original stiff pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

DAVIS, Jefferson. Report of the Secretary of War...Respecting the Purchase of Camels for the Purpose of Military Transportation. Washington: HRED62, 1857. 238 pp., numerous plates, folding diagram. 8vo, original embossed cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Very good to fine.
        First edition. Graff 4436. Plains & Rockies III:297n: "The first official camel report...containing letters from members of the two parties sent to the Near East to purchase camels, and drawing by G. H. Heap." Pingenot: Chronicles one of the more unusual chapters of western history—the introduction of camels as pack-train animals in Texas and the Southwest. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Camels).

ECHOLS, William H. [Camel Report]. N.p., n.d. 47, 11, 2 leaves. 4to, stiff wrappers. Mimeographed typescript of the report of William H. Echols of the Topographical Engineers, transcribed from the Senate Report, 36th Congress 2nd Session (1860).

EMMETT, Chris. Texas Camel Tales.... San Antonio, 1932. xv, 275 pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 8vo, fuzzy gray cloth simulating camel hide. Very good to fine. Printed list of limited edition subscribers laid in. Signed by the author.
        First edition, limited edition (300 copies). Agatha, p. 65. Basic Texas Books 55: "The best account of the famous camel experiment in Texas, this is also a successful blend of the numerous official records with memoirs and anecdotes of the people involved." Campbell, p. 172. Rader 1305.

LESLEY, Lewis B. (editor). Uncle Sam’s Camels: The Journal of May Humphreys Stacey Supplemented by the Report of Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1857-58). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1929. 298 pp., frontispiece, portraits, illustrations, folding map at rear. 8vo, original cloth in a fine d.j.
        First edition. Pingenot: Journal of 19-year-old May Humphreys Stacey, who accompanied Lieut. Edward F. Beale on the camel expedition of 1857. Published for the first time, Stacey’s journal, written during the experience, stands as a vivid testament of adventure for a brave youth. Supplemented by Beale’s report, this work represents a major contribution to the story of the army’s use of camels in the Southwest.

PERRINE, Fred S. "Uncle Sam’s Camel Corps." Pp. 434-444 in: New Mexico Historical Review (October 1926). [Albuquerque]. Reprint.

SCOBEE, Barry. Old Fort Davis. San Antonio: Naylor, 1947. ix [1] 101 pp., illustrations, map. 8vo, cloth. Fine copy in a fine pictorial d.j.
        First edition. Adams, Guns 1965; Herd 2025. The author’s first book on this historic west Texas frontier fort.

UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (James B. Buchanan). Message from the President of the United States...35th Congress, 2nd Session.... Volume II. Washington: James B. Steedman, Printer, HRED2, 1858. 670 pp. 8vo, original cloth, gilt title on spine. Considerable wear. Good.
        Edwin DeLeon’s report on the dromedary: pp. 454-491.

(9 vols.)
($600-900)