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Pingenot Auction, Lot 325

325. ALESSIO ROBLES, Vito. Lot of 4 titles by and about Alessio Robles, including:

ALESSIO ROBLES, Vito. Coahuila y Texas desde...la Independencia hasta el Tratado de Paz de Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mexico: 1945-1946. xv, 542 + 540 [1] pp., 8 maps (7 folding), 7 plates (1 in color). 2 vols., 4to, original white printed paper wrappers. Very fine set, showing only slight wear to the fragile glassine wraps, which are often lacking.
         First edition. xv, 542 + 540 [1] pp., 8 maps (7 folding), 7 plates (1 color). Basic Texas Books 1: "Presents the history of Texas as a Spanish province and state from the Mexican viewpoint." Griffin 2458 & 4903: "Provides a rich, solid history...a major work [that] will long be considered a standard work of reference." Howes R382. Palau 7433. Steck, Borderlands, p. 53: "A splendid, authoritative study, heavily documented, with a rich bibliography." Pingenot: In an age in which English has virtually become the world language, and Americans the most mono-lingual of cultured societies, it is difficult to understand why this fundamental work on the history of Spanish and Mexican Texas has never been translated.

ALESSIO ROBLES, Vito. Coahuila y Texas en la Epoca Colonial. Mexico: Editorial Cultura, 1938. xii, 751 [1] pp., frontispiece, illustrations, maps. Thick 8vo, original white printed wrappers bound in full sheep, red leather spine label, spine with raised bands. Author’s signed presentation copy to Ruth Lapham Butler. Some binding wear and first leaves detached.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 1: "Presents the history of Texas as a Spanish province and state from the Mexican viewpoint." Griffin 2458 & 4903: "Provides a rich, solid history...a major work [that] will long be considered a standard work of reference." Howes R382. Palau 7433.

ALESSIO ROBLES, Vito. La primera imprenta en las Provincias Internas de Oriente. Texas, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León y Coahuila. Mexico: Antigua Librería Robredo, de José Porrúa e Hijos, 1939. 79 [4] pp., plates (some folding). 8vo, original white printed wrappers. Minor shelf wear.

First edition (#13 of 550 numbered copies of which the first 50 are signed by the author). Basic Texas Books B7: "One of the first studies of early printing in Northern Mexico." Palau 6926. Pingenot: Good source on Samuel Bangs (first printer in Texas) and three Northern Mexican states. Scarce study by one of Mexico’s foremost borderlands historians on early printing and printers in Texas and the northeastern states of Mexico.

ALESSIO ROBLES, Vito. Album conmemorativo del Ing. y Gral. Vito Alessio Robles 1879-1979. Saltillo: Colegio Coahuilense de Investigaciones Históricas, 1980. Oblong 4to, original illustrated wrappers. Fine. Includes a bibliography of the published works of Alessio Robles.
(5 vols.)
($250-500)