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Pingenot Auction, Lot 169

"MIGHTY RARE AND A FINE NARRATION"—DYKES

169. LINN, John J. Reminiscences of Fifty Years in Texas. New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1883. 369 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of author, 3 engraved plates: (1) Stephen F. Austin; (2) Alamo (printed title beneath identifies image as the Alamo, but errata leaf at back indicates it is really Goliad Mission); San Jacinto cenotaph. 8vo, original blind-stamped green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Spinal extremities and corners lightly worn, small inkstamp removed from front pastedown, a few signatures slightly loose, overall very good, binding bright and text very clean, with the tipped-in printed errata at end. Preserved in a green cloth slipcase.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 127: "Personal recollections, written by an early Texas pioneer leader....Basic source on the revolutionary period. Written with considerably more frankness, more gusto, and less cant than other writers of his generation....[Linn] came to Texas as a merchant in 1830...was alcalde and mayor of Victoria, served in the Consultation, was a member of the General Council, and as a member of the Convention of 1836 would have signed the Declaration of Independence but for the rapid advance of the Mexican Army." Clark, Old South III:63: "Reprints the journal of Dr. J. H. Barnard, a physician in Fannin’s command at Goliad (pp. 148-892)." Dobie, p. 57. Graff 2503. Howes L363. Raines, p. 139. Pingenot: Linn, a native of Ireland, came to Texas in 1830 where he opened a general store in Victoria and later founded the town of Linnville. He was an active participant in the Revolution, a Congressman during the Republic, and a leading businessman for more than a half century.
($300-600)