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334. [BASIC TEXAS BOOKS]. Lot of 7 titles, including:
BERLANDIER, Jean Louis. Journey to Mexico
During the Years 1826-1834. Austin: Texas State
Historical Association, 1980. xxxvi  287  + vii 
290-672  pp., many plates. 2 vols., large 8vo, pictorial
cloth, slipcase. A very fine, mint set. Signed by four
First edition, limited edition (#33 of 150 copies numbered and signed). Basic Texas Books 14D: "Best scientific study of Texas during the colonial period...[and] the most complete version published to date." Graff 278. Howes B379. Plains & Rockies 178a. Raines, p. 24. Pingenot: Based on the manuscript at the Library of Congress, with illustrations from specimens at the Gray Herbarium.
[BOLLAERT, WILLIAM]. William Bollaerts
Texas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1956.
xxiii  423 pp. , plates, map. 8vo, original cloth.
Near mint copy in a very fine
First edition. Basic Texas Books 18: "The most entertaining book on the Republic of Texas, this is also one of the most perceptive." Pingenot: Bollaert, an Englishman, visited Texas in 1842, in the closing years of the Texas Republic, and left on the eve of annexation in 1844. His notebooks and journals, heretofore unpublished, contain a rich trove of facts and Texas and fascinating reading about the people and the country.
BRACHT, Viktor. Texas in 1848. San Antonio,
1931. xxiv  223 pp., 2 plates. 8vo, original decorated
green cloth. A fine, bright
First edition in English and best edition, with additional material entitled "Biographical Sketches of Viktor Bracht and Dr. Felix Bracht" by the translator Charles Frank Schmidt. Basic Texas Books 21A: "One of the best Texas immigration guides, this book is also a valuable contribution to our knowledge of early Texas. Bracht is one of few early writers on Texas who based his report almost entirely on his personal observations. Few men have loved Texas more than Bracht." Sister Agatha, p. 7. Clark, Old South III:278. Dobie, p. 50. Howes B682.
HORGAN, Paul. Great River: The Rio Grande in
North American History. New York: Rinehart, 1954. xv
 447 + vii  453-1020 [4 blank] pp., maps,
illustrations by the author. 2 vols., 8vo, original black
cloth, gilt title on spines, slipcase. Fine
First edition. The trade edition in the publishers pictorial slipcase illustrated by one of the authors 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. Pingenot: A truly great book and a great read. Powell, Southwestern Century 48.
KENNEDY, William. Texas: The Rise, Progress,
and Prospects of the Republic of Texas...In One Volume.
Fort Worth: Molyneaux Craftsmen, 1925. xlviii, 939 pp., 2
folding maps including the large Arrowsmith Map of Texas,
and 2 full-page maps. 8vo, original maroon cloth with minor
external wear. Near
Facsimile reprint edition, limited edition (1,250 copies). Basic Texas Books 117F. Clark III:189. Graff 2304. Howes K92. Rader 2159. Streeter 1385: "This important work on Texas...is a most interesting book...Kennedy brings in various contemporary comments not usually found in the conventional account."
MUIR, Andrew Forest (editor). Texas in 1837: An
Anonymous, Contemporary Narrative. Austin: University
of Texas Press, 1958. xxi  232 pp., plates, endpaper
map. 8vo, cloth. Very fine copy in a near fine
First edition. First book edition as it was first published serially in The Hesperian in the 19th century. Basic Texas Books 148: "The unknown author of this work left us the earliest written account of Texas as a republic. The Muir edition is the first in book form, and...[is] one of the best edited and best annotated of all Texas books." Graff 1872.
PARKER, William B. Notes Taken During the
Expedition Commanded by Capt. R. B. Marcy, U.S.A. through
Unexplored Texas, In...1854. Austin: Texas State
Historical Association, 1984. xiv  242  pp., folding
map in separate envelope. Small 8vo, half calf and cloth.
Mint in a custom slipcase.
Limited edition (#87 of 100 specially bound and numbered copies). Bradford 4186. Graff 3195: "Especially valuable for the northwest part of Texas." Howes P91. Raines, p. 162: "A readable and reliable description of northwestern Texas before its settlement." Plains & Rockies 279. Field 1174: "...the author has given us a volume crowded with...interesting details of...the Indian tribes of the southern prairies."