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67. CASTAÑEDA, Carlos E. Our Catholic
Heritage in Texas 1519-1936. Austin: Von
Boeckmann-Jones, 1936-58. Frontispiece portraits, maps,
plates. 7 vols., large 8vo, original decorated blue cloth.
Ownership inscription in some volumes. A very fine set.
First edition. A complete set of the first edition, including the elusive seventh volume, which was not published until 1958. Vol. VI frontispiece is by artist José Cisneros. Basic Texas Books 27: "[It is] the best history of the three centuries of Spanish and Mexican Texas...[giving us] the first detailed account of literally dozens of expeditions and settlements in Texas...Opens up a world of entirely new history for the Big Bend region and for South Texas...[with] by far the most complete account of the missions in the San Antonio-Goliad region." Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 1705: "Invaluable source of information on all phases of Catholic influence in Texas. Detailed information on Indian tribes from the coastal and eastern sections of the state is extremely valuable, especially in the first four volumes. No researcher can afford to overlook this seminal work." Pingenot: The first complete scholarly history of Spanish Texas, and one of the foundation works on the Spanish Southwest, based on a bibliography of original sources.