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Pingenot Auction, Lot 70

70. [CAZNEAU, Jane M. McManus Storms]. Eagle Pass; or, Life on the Border by Cora Montgomery. New York: Putnam, 1852. 188 pp. 12mo, original stiff printed wrappers repaired, else near fine. Preserved in a half calf and marbled boards clamshell case. Presentation inscribed on the title-page: "To Charles Frederickson, Esq. from his friend, the author." Very rare.
        First edition, first issue, wrapper dated September 29, 1852. Graff 2873. Howes C251. Raines, p. 252: "An unpleasant picture of maladministration on the Rio Grande." Wallace (Destiny and Glory, Chapter 12) states that the author "was the most adventurous of any American woman on record and deserves far more than the oblivion which has been her fate." Pingenot: An interesting account of life along the recently acquired Rio Grande frontier by one of the first settlers of Eagle Pass. Contains much on Fort Duncan, the Seminoles including Wild Cat and Gopher John, Indian raids, Capt. Harry Love’s exploration of the Rio Grande, peon slavery, etc. The author, who wrote under the pseudonym, Cora Montgomery, was one of the most adventuresome women of the nineteenth century. See Handbook of Texas, Streeter (1572), and Winegarten, Texas Women’s History Project Bibliography, p. 107.
($200-400)