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Pingenot Auction, Lot 171

A QUAKER ABOLITIONIST IN TEXAS IN THE 1830S

171. [LUNDY, Benjamin]. The Life, Travels and Opinions of Benjamin Lundy, Including his Journeys to Texas and Mexico; with a Sketch of Cotemporary [sic] events, and a Notice of the Revolution in Hayti. Compiled under the Direction and on Behalf of His Children [compiled by T. Earle]. Philadelphia: William D. Parrish, 1847. [4, blank] [5]-316 pp., lithographed frontispiece portrait of Lundy, folding lithographed map with original full color: California, Texas, Mexico, and Part of the United States Compiled from the Latest and Best Authorities (21.8 x 26 cm; 8-1/2 x 10-1/8 inches). 12mo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth. Some outer wear and spotting to binding, intermittent foxing and browning to interior. Contemporary ownership stencil of Jonah H. Lupton on preface leaf.
        First edition. Clark, Old South III:66: "Contains Lundy’s journals kept on his journeys to Texas, 1833-34 and 1834-35, in search of suitable places for the colonization of freed slaves." Eberstadt, Texas 162:505: "Diary of his journey through Texas in 1833-35 touching at Brazoria, Austin, and San Antonio. Contains much on the country and its products, local manners, etc." Graff 1195. Howes E10. Matthews, pp. 255-6: "The most traveled of the abolitionists was Lundy, who said he had walked 5,000 miles and had rode another 20,000. He went to nineteen states, Haiti, Canada, Texas, and Mexico." Plains & Rockies Iv:108n. Streeter 1169n: "A most interesting Texas book because of Lundy’s three journeys to Texas....Lundy was a keen observer and in his journeys refers to many of the prominent Texans." The colorful map (which is not listed by Wheat) shows the Nueces Strip and the Panhandle uncolored, because those areas were still in dispute. This book is one of our few contemporary sources on pioneer Texas printer Samuel Bangs.
($600-1,200)