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Pingenot Auction, Lot 295

PRISONERS OF PEROTE—A FIFTY TEXAS RARITIES

295. STAPP, William P. The Prisoners of Perote: Containing a Journal Kept by the Author, Who Was Captured by the Mexicans, at Mier, December 25, 1842, and Released from Perote, May 16, 1844. Philadelphia: G. B. Zieber and Company, 1845. 164 [4, ads] pp. 12mo, original brown blind-stamped cloth (rebacked, original spine preserved). Binding lightly worn and discolored, occasional foxing.
         First edition. Agatha, p. 32. Basic Texas Books 197: "This was the first book to appear on the Mier expedition; it is still one of the best....Descriptions of the march to the Rio Grande, the Battle of Mier, the surrender of the Texans, their imprisonment and attempts to escape, the drawing of the black beans, the removal to Mexico City, and imprisonment in Perote Prison." Dobie, p. 58. Fifty Texas Rarities 27. Graff 3949. Howes S891. Raines, p. 194. Streeter 1610 (cited by as one of the top books for a Texas collection on p. 329). Vandale, Texianameter 167.
         Pingenot: Stapp’s account of the affair differs from that written by Green...in that Green was afforded certain courtesies becoming his rank, while Stapp suffered the hardships and privations of the enlisted men until he was released. Dobie, p. 58. Fifty Texas Rarities 27. Graff 3949: "The author was a member of Colonel W. S. Fisher’s party which was defeated by the Mexicans at Mier in 1842."
($750-1,500)