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Pingenot Auction, Lot 332

332. [BASIC TEXAS BOOKS]. Lot of 9 titles, including,

ALESSIO ROBLES, Vito. Coahuila y Texas desde...la Independencia hasta el Tratado de Paz de Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mexico, 1945-46. xv, 542 + 540 [1] pp., 8 maps (7 folding), 7 plates (1 color). 2 vols., 8vo, original printed paper wrappers. Fine. Presentation inscribed by the author to Edward Eberstadt and sons.
         First edition. Griffin 2458 and 4903: "Provides a rich, solid history...a major work [that] will long be considered a standard work of reference." Howes R382. Basic Texas Books 1: "Presents the history of Texas as a Spanish province and state from the Mexican viewpoint." Palau 7433. Steck, Borderlands, p. 53: "A splendid, authoritative study, heavily documented, with a rich bibliography."

CÉLIZ, Francisco. Diary of the Alarcón Expedition into Texas, 1718-1719. Los Angeles: Quivira Society, 1935. [14] 124 [2] pp.; [2] 52 pp. facsimiles. Plates, 2 maps. 8vo, original cloth over boards. Spine sunned, else fine.
         First edition, limited edition (#92 of 100 numbered copies signed by the editor). The 52-page facsimile of the original diary did not appear in the regular edition. Clark, Old South I-13. Howes C254. Basic Texas Books 29: "The Celiz diary records the founding of the town of San Antonio and the mission of the Alamo. It also reports on the expedition through the interior of Texas to the missions in deep eastern Texas. Lost for two centuries, it was found in 1933 by accident in the archives in Mexico City."

ESPINOSA, Isidro Felix de. Cronica de los Colegios de Propaganda Fide de la Nueva España. Washington: Academy of American Franciscan History, 1964. cii, 972 [1] pp., 29 plates and illustrations. Thick 4to, original leatherette. Very fine in fine d.j.
         This second edition contains new introduction, notes, bibliography, and index. Basic Texas Books 60B: "The most important account of the activities of the Franciscans in Texas." Clark I-79. Howes E182 (citing the 1st ed.). Library of Congress, Texas Centennial Exhibition. Raines, p. 77. Wagner, The Spanish Southwest 117n. Pingenot: This important work was preceded only by the rare 1746 original printed in Mexico. Espinosa was an important Franciscan who worked among the Indians in Guatemala, Mexico, and Texas.

HORGAN, Paul. Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History. New York: Rinehart, 1954. xv [1] 447 + vii [5] 453-1020 [4 blank] pp., maps, illustrations by the author. 2 vols., 8vo, original black cloth, gilt title on spines, in worn slipcase. Very good to fine.
         First edition. The trade edition in the publisher’s pictorial box illustrated by one of the author’s watercolor sketches. Winner of the Pulitzer prize in history for 1955. Adams, Herd 1065. Basic Texas Books 95: "Horgan devoted 14 years to the preparation of these 2 volumes and anyone who reads them will forever view the Rio Grande region with enhanced vision." Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas. Powell, Southwestern Century 48. Pingenot: A truly great book and a great read.

JACKSON, Jack (editor). Imaginary Kingdom: Texas as Seen by the Rivera and Rubí Military Expeditions, 1727 and 1767. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1995. xvii [1] 300 [6] pp., illustrations, maps. 8vo, cloth. Mint in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The diaries of Pedro de Rivera and the Marques de Rubí, written in the 18th century during inspections of the far northern frontier of New Spain, are crucial documents for studying and understanding the Spanish presence on the frontier of what would one day be Texas. Rivera’s diary, previously unavailable in English translation, and the heretofore unknown Rubí diary are both presented here, carefully placed in historical context by Jackson and Foster. Because of Spain’s tenuous hold on the distant frontier, Rubí and Rivera saw it as an imaginary possession—the king’s domain in name only.

JOUTEL, Henri. Joutel’s Journal of La Salle’s Last Voyage: A reprint (page for page and line for line) of the first English translation, London, 1714; with the map of the original French edition Paris, 1713, in facsimile; and Notes by Melville B. Anderson. Chicago: Caxton Club, 1896. [42], 231 pp., facsimile, folding map. 8vo, original half-vellum and gray boards with gilt title on spine. Original owner’s bookplate. Customary light soiling to vellum, smudge on the half-title, else a fine, uncut copy.

First American edition, limited edition (203 copies). Printed on hand-made paper. Basic Texas Books 114G. Clark I-14. Very scarce edition. Graff 2253. Howes J266: "Most reliable eye-witness account of La Salle’s two-years wanderings in Texas. The map, based on La Salle’s Mississippi explorations, was the first accurate delineation of that river."

LAFORA, Nicolás de. The Frontiers of New Spain: Nicolás de Lafora’s Description 1766-1768. Berkeley: Quivira Society, 1958. xviii, 243 pp., 16 plates, folding map at rear. 8vo, half white cloth over brick-colored boards with gilt vignette of the Quivira Society on front cover, gilt title on backstrip. Very fine.
         First edition in English and limited edition (400 copies). Pingenot: Captain Nicolás de Lafora, Spanish Royal Engineers, accompanied the accompanied the Marqués de Rubí on his tour of inspection of the northern provinces and recommended the placement of presidios that would represent Spanish retrenchment from the ever-growing Apache menace. Lafora’s report contains a day-by-day narrative of the journey, which lasted 23 months and includes descriptions of Nueva Vizcaya, New Mexico, Sonora, Coahuila, Texas, Nueva Galicia, and Nayarit. It contains a wealth of detail on the borderlands, Indians, geographical features, frontier conditions, etc. As a result of the Rubí expedition, the Royal Reglamento of 1772 was issued which established New Spain’s northern frontier line.

MORFI, Fray Juan Agustin de. Diario y Derrotero (1777-1781). Edición de Eugenio del Hoyo y Malcolm D. McLean. Monterrey: Instituto Tecnologico, 1967. xix [1] 472 pp., 14 foldout maps. Thick 8vo, original printed wrappers. Upper wrapper detached, but overall very good.
         First edition.

WINSHIP, George Parker. The Coronado Expedition 1540-1542. Chicago: Rio Grande Press, 1964. [4] xv [1] 403 pp., illustrations, maps, facsimiles. 4to, black cloth over boards, gilt title on front.
         A reprint from the first edition of 1896.

(11 vols.)
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