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Pingenot Auction, Lot 356

356. [BIBLIOGRAPHY & REFERENCE: The West]. Lot of 19 titles, including:

ANDERSON, Alex D. The Silver Country of the Great Southwest: A Review of the Mineral and Other Wealth...The Mexican Cessions...in 1848...1853. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1877. 221 pp., large folding map. 8vo, original pictorial cloth with gilt lettering. Near fine.
         First edition. Cowan, p. 14. Rader 145. Raines, p. 9: "Includes...California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Western Colorado. Texas is considered only as to resources in agriculture and stockraising." Saunders 2696. Pingenot: The work contains a lengthy Southwestern bibliography.

ATHEARN, Robert G. Westward the Briton. New York: Scribner’s, 1953. xiv, 208 pp. 8vo, cloth. Very fine in d.j. Two cards from the Mississippi Valley Historical Review laid in regarding a review of the book for the journal by Philip D. Jordan and a copy of the review.
         First edition.

DECKER, Peter. Catalogues of Americana.... Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, 1979. Unpaginated, frontispiece. 3 vols. 8vo, cloth. Fine.
         First edition. Foreword by Archibald Hanna. Vol. I: Catalogues 22-35, 1944-1947. Vol. II: Catalogues 36-50, 1953-1963. Vol. III: Index.

LAMAR, Howard R. (editor). The Reader’s Encyclopedia of the American West. New York: Crowell, [1977]. x [2] 1,306 pp., illustrations, maps. Thick 8vo, cloth. Fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Out of print and scarce in the first edition. Pingenot: Yale professor Lamar has produced an immensely useful work, with more than 2,400 entries, 1,306 pages, including many long articles and biographies by nearly 200 expert contributors. Judiciously cross-referenced and almost every piece is accompanied by a bibliography.

MATTES, Merrill J. Platte River Road Narratives: A Descriptive Bibliography of Travel over the Great Central Overland Route to Oregon, California, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Other Western States and Territories, 1812-1866. Urbana & Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1988. xiv [2] 632 pp. 4to, cloth. Fine.
         First edition. Foreword by James A. Michener.

MINTZ, Lannon W. The Trail: A Bibliography of the Travelers on the Overland Trail...During the Years 1841-1864. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1987. 292 pp., illustrations. 8vo, cloth. Mint in d.j. as issued.
         First edition. Pingenot: An annotated bibliography with over 500 accounts arranged alphabetically with a short comment relative to each entry, along with a coded guide to the current value of each item. 2 copies.

The Plains and the Rockies: A Bibliography of Original Narratives of Travel and Adventure 1800-1865. Columbus: Long’s College Book Company, 1953. [8] 601 [325] pp., plates. 8vo, cloth. Fine.
         Third edition. Henry H. Wagner’s bibliography, edited by Charles L. Camp.

The Plains & The Rockies: A Critical Bibliography of Exploration, Adventure and Travel in the American West 1800-1865. San Francisco: John Howell, 1982. xx, 745 [7] pp., plates. Large 8vo, cloth. Fine.
         Fourth Edition. Henry R. Wagner and Charles L. Camp’s bibliography, revised, enlarged, and edited by Robert H. Becker.

RADER, Jesse L. South of Forty, from the Mississippi to the Rio Grande: A Bibliography. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1947. xi, 336 pp. Small 4to, original cloth. Fine. Elusive d.j. chipped at spine ends and missing small piece near bottom of back side.
         First edition. Pingenot: This bibliography covers a region south of the fortieth parallel to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Mississippi to the Rio Grande. An exhaustive work of 3,793 entries. Scarce in the d.j.

STORM, Colton (compiler). A Catalogue of the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana. Chicago: Newberry Library, 1968. xxv [1] 854 pp., frontispiece portrait. Thick 4to, cloth with title in gilt on spine. About mint as issued in sturdy d.j. Index to Maps in the Catalogue... laid in.
         First edition. Pingenot: With pamphlet index to maps added. Lists and describes 4,801 books in this massive collection at the Newberry Library. This is one of the finest guides to Western Americana yet published, giving extremely fine annotations and detailed collations. A must for every Western Americana collector, bookseller, and researcher. Graff was head of Ryerson Steel Company and Wright Howes, his bibliographic mentor, was his favorite bookseller.

VAIL, R. W. G. The Voice of the Old Frontier. New York: Octagon Books, 1970. [2] xii [2] 492 [4] pp. 8vo, original cloth, gilt.
         Facsimile edition. Pingenot: Although this comprises a collection of lectures delivered by the author at the University of Pennsylvania, the bulk of the text is actually an annotated bibliographical appendix (with full collations) of the works written by people on the frontier. Includes narratives of Indian captivity, promotional literature, literature of land speculators, etc.

plus 8 others.

(21 vols.)
($300-600)