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Pingenot Auction, Lot 200

200. MARCY, Randolph B. Thirty Years of Army Life on the Border.... New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. xvi [17]-442 pp., engraved frontispiece, plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original gilt-decorated green cloth, bevelled edges. Light wear, but generally fine. Ink presentation inscription: "F. A. Russell with the affection of her brother, R. B. Marcy."
         First edition. Dobie, p. 155. Eberstadt, Modern Overlands 322. Field 1007. Graff 2679. Howes M280. Rader 2348. Raines, p. 146. Smith 6511. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2169: "An excellent source of descriptive information on the Comanches, based upon Marcy’s several reconnaissances through their country during the late 1840s and 1850s....Also deals with Marcy’s role in establishing the two reservations in northwestern Texas during the 1850s." The lively illustrations include at least three by Alfred Waud (see Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators 1966). Pingenot: This work contains Marcy’s experiences in Texas, descriptions of the nomadic Plains tribes, explorations of new territory, a trip across the Rocky Mountains in the winter, incidents in the lives of frontiersmen, etc. With this are included two other works by Marcy, the 1872 edition of his Border Reminiscences in original cloth (Graff 2674: "Mostly humor-military, western humor") and W. Eugene Hollon’s 1955 edited edition of Beyond the Cross Timbers: The Travels of Randolph B. Marcy (fine in d.j.)
($300-600)