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Pingenot Auction, Lot 328

328. [ART]. Lot of 17 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

BEELER, Joe. Cowboys and Indians: Characters in Oil and Bronze. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1967]. Illustrations (8 in color). Tall 8vo, cloth. Very fine to near mint in d.j.
         First edition. Foreword by Joe De Yong. Pingenot: Autobiographical work by this noted contemporary cowboy artist who paints in the style of Charles M. Russell. From a widely distributed collection of oils, bronzes, watercolors and many sketches, Beeler has assembled more than four score works, which together with his background accounts, are written in his easy going style.

CISNEROS, José. Four Original Prints [to accompany the limited edition of Flanagan’s Trailing the Longhorns]. Austin: Madrona Press, [1974]. 4 double folio prints in a tan portfolio. Very fine.

DeVOTO, Bernard. Across the Wide Missouri. With an Account of the Discovery of the Miller Collection by Mae Reed Porter. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1947. 81 splendid plates (19 in color), map endpapers. Large 8vo, original ecru cloth. Very fine in fine pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Dobie, p. 72. Harvard Guide to American History, p. 366. Howes D296. Plains & Rockies IV:125n. Pingenot: DeVoto’s Pulitzer Prize-winning history. The fine illustrations include a 96-page section of contemporary watercolor paintings, 32 pages in full color, by Alfred Jacob Miller, Bodmer, Catlin, etc., most of them previously unpublished. Orlan Sawey, DeVoto’s biographer, described it as "more than a history; it is a work of art." It is a study of the Rocky Mountain fur trade from Astoria, through the Hudson Bay Company’s advance, to the coming of the missionaries, by which the United States won the empire of the West. Although since reprinted by others, this original Houghton Mifflin edition is by far the best because of its rich art.

EASTMAN, Seth. A Seth Eastman Sketchbook, 1848-1849. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1961. Plates. 4to, original cloth. Fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: First printed appearance of the sketches made by this gifted 19th-century artist and soldier. The drawings include views of the Mississippi as Eastman traveled down the river to his new assignment in Texas. Over 150 views, mostly of scenes in Texas, make up the sketchbook. The artist’s personal journal, kept during his Texas tour, accompanies and highlights the drawings. Especially important are Eastman’s sketches of the Alamo and other missions, as well as scenes toward the border country and Fort Inge on the Leona where Eastman, then a captain, commanded Company D, First Infantry Regiment. An important work, now becoming scarce.

El Paso Museum of Art. The McKee Collection of Paintings. El Paso: El Paso Museum of Art, 1968. Illustrations. 4to, cloth with paper illustration, gilt lettering on front. Fine in glassine d.j.
         Limited edition.

GENTILZ, Theodore. Gentilz: Artist of the Old Southwest. Drawings and Paintings by Theodore Gentilz. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1974. Text drawings, 60 plates (many in color). 4to, cloth. Near fine in d.j.
         First edition. Text by Dorothy Steinbomer Kendall. Archival Research by Carmen Perry. Pingenot: Fine biography of Theodore Gentilz (1820-1906), the French artist and engineer who was employed by Henri Castro to survey and promote his colony southwest of San Antonio. Gentilz went on to record a large area of the Texas southwest and northern Mexico. His paintings of 19th-century Texas are the best that have survived.

GETLEIN, Frank. Harry Jackson, Kennedy Galleries Monograph-catalogue. New York: Kennedy Galleries, Inc., 1969. Illustrations, some folding. Oblong 4to, wrappers. Fine in d.j.
         First edition.

HINE, Robert V. Edward Kern and American Expansion. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1962. 53 illustrations. 8vo, cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
         First edition. In Lamar and in Harvard Guide to American History. Pingenot: Kern was an artist, cartographer, and topographer with Frémont in 1845, with Simpson in 1849, and with other expeditions. He later commanded Sutter’s fort. Now out-of-print.

LEA, Tom. A Selection of Paintings and Drawings from the Nineteen-Sixties. The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, December 6, 1969-January 17, 1970. Illustrated. Small 4to, original wrappers with d.j. Laid in is an announcement for the special edition of the catalogue.
         Trade edition. 2 copies.

LEDBETTER, Roy C. "Frank Reaugh—Painter of Longhorn Cattle," in The Southwestern Historical Quarterly LIV, no. 1 (July 1950): 13-26.
         3 copies.

McCRACKEN, Harold. The Charles M. Russell Book: A Biography and Picture Gallery of the Famous Cowboy Artist with 35 Full Color Illustrations and More Than 150 Black and White Reproductions. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1957. Illustrations. 4to, original cloth. Fine in d.j.
         First trade edition.

McCRACKEN, Harold. Frederic Remington: Artist of the Old West. Philadelphia & New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, [1947]. Illustrations, 48 (32 color) plates. 4to, original cloth. Very good in laminated d.j.
         First edition.

SALINAS, Porfirio. Bluebonnets and Cactus: An Album of Southwestern Paintings by Porfirio Salinas. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1967. Frontispiece, color illustrations. Oblong 4to, original green leather over cloth, in publisher’s slipcase. Signed by the artist, who died in 1973.
         First edition, limited edition (250 copies). With an introduction by Joe B. Frantz, a preface by Dewey Bradford, and five short stories by O. Henry, Chas. A. Siringo, Richard Harding Davis, Emerson Hough, and Zane Grey. Contains a portfolio of 48 Salinas paintings in color. Long out-of-print and scarce with the artist’s signature.

[SCHREYVOGEL, CHARLES]. HORAN, James D. The Life and Work of Charles Schreyvogel, Painter-Historian of the Indian-Fighting Army of the American West. New York: Crown, [1969]. 62, pp., illustrated with 35 color plates, 13 pp. of platinum prints, 41 pp. of gravure prints. Oblong folio, brown leather over tan cloth. Very fine.
         First edition, limited edition (#191 of 249 copies), signed by Horan and Schreyvogel’s daughter and with 4 added color plates. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Schreyvogel) 73.

THOMAS, W. Stephen. Fort Davis and the Texas Frontier: Paintings by Captain Arthur T. Lee, Eighth U.S. Infantry. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, [1976]. Portrait, 59 plates. Oblong 4to, cloth. Very good in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Arthur Tracy Lee (1814-1879) was a regular army officer who saw extensive service on the southwestern frontier prior to the Civil War. He arrived in Texas in 1849, at age 34, and spent the next twelve years building forts, guarding emigrants, chasing Indians, and, time permitting, sketching and painting his impressions of the frontier. Lee’s paintings and sketches are reproduced here for the first time, along with a biographical sketch of Lee, the man, the soldier, and the artist.

WEBER, David J. Richard H. Kern: Expeditionary Artist in the Far Southwest, 1848-1853. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1985. 151 black and white illustrations, 16 color plates. 4to, cloth. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Latest and by far the best biography of this great Western artist, killed by Indians in Utah in 1853. Kern’s watercolors and sketches were the first published views by an American of people and places in New Mexico, southern Colorado, and Arizona. The illustrations comprise the greatest collection yet of Kern’s work. William Goetzmann calls it "an absolutely first-rate piece of work." Kern was with Frémont in 1848, with Simpson in 1849, Sitgreaves in 1851, and with Gunnison in 1853. Weber’s smooth style makes it entertaining reading.

YOST, Carl and Renner, Frederic G. A Bibliography of the Published Works of Charles M. Russell. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1971. Illustrations. 4to, cloth. Fine in d.j.

(20 vols.)
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