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Pingenot Auction, Lot 358

358. [BIOGRAPHY]. Lot of 18 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

BONNEY, Orrin H. and Lorraine Bonney. Battle Drums and Geysers: The Life and Journals of Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, Soldier and Explorer of the Yellowstone... Chicago: Swallow Press, [1970]. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations, maps. Cloth. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Foreword by George B. Hertzog, Jr. Pingenot: Biography of Gustavus C. Doane, who, as a lieutenant of the 2nd Cavalry, kept a journal of the first official and scientific exploration of Yellowstone. He served in the Civil War and was very active on the western plains; at Fort Ellis; with Baker on the Marias; with Gibbon in 1876, the Nez Percés in 1877, Bannock in 1878, and against the Apache. Doane’s report on his exploration of the Yellowstone region helped influence Congress to establish the Yellowstone National Park in 1872. A biography of the most fascinating men on the American frontier.

[CARSON, CHRISTOPHER]. GRANT, Blanche C. (editor). Kit Carson’s Own Story of His Life as Dictated to Col. and Mrs. C. D. Peters.... Taos: [Santa Fe New Mexican Publishing Corp.], 1926. Frontispiece portrait, illustration, 12 plates. Original decorated wrappers. Fine.
         First edition. Graff 603. Howes C182. Plains & Rockies IV:306n. Rader 606. Saunders 2802. Pingenot: Dictated by Carson sometime in the mid-1850s to his friend Colonel Dewitt Peters, who wrote The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson in 1858. The manuscript passed to Peter’s son, for whom it was a family keepsake. A copy was acquired by Charles Camp of Cal Berkley, who received permission from the surviving Peters brother to publish it.

DANA, Julian. Sutter of California: A Biography. New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1934. Illustrations. Original cloth. Flaking to gilt title on cover and spine. Owner’s name in ink on title-page.
         First edition. Pingenot: An appealing figure in American history, Sutter was a Swiss emigrant who persuaded Mexican authorities that he could build a fort to "protect" the northern limits of Mexican occupation. His site on the American River at its junction with the Sacramento was where the future capital of California would rise. Frémont seized his fort during the Mexican War and gold was discovered on his place in 1848. However in the mad rush for wealth, his herds disappeared to feed hungry prospectors and by 1852 he was bankrupt.

DARROW, Clarence. The Story of My Life. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1932. Frontispiece portrait. Cloth. Fine.
         First edition. Pingenot: Autobiography of one of America’s greatest lawyers. He pulls no punches; telling it as it was, including his defense of the McNamara brothers, accused of dynamiting the Los Angeles Times building. Also, the murder of the ex-governor of Idaho. Other famous cases fully recalled include the Leob-Leopold trial, the John T. Scopes evolution case, etc. Scarce.

DeBARTHE, Joe. Life and Adventures of Frank Grouard. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1958. Illustrations, maps. Cloth. Fine copy in a near fine d.j.
         Pingenot: First published in 1894, this work is one of the most intimate, accurate, and valuable books about the Sioux. Captured by the Sioux when he was nineteen, Frank Grouard spent seven years in the camps of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. He served with Crook at the Rosebud and at Red Fork, was with Lt. Sibley on his famous scout, and claimed to be the first white man to visit the Custer Battlefield after the fight. This new edition has been carefully edited and annotated by Edgar I. Stewart.

DOBIE, J. Frank. Cow People. Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown & Co., 1964. Photographic illustrations. Cloth. Very fine in d.j.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 601. McVicker A18a. Reese, Six Score 31. Pingenot: Dobie’s last book published during his lifetime. He received the advanced copy from his publisher on the day he died. Contains biographical accounts of cowmen such as Ab Blocker, Charles Goodnight, etc.

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.

GREENE, Laurence. The Filibuster: The Career of William Walker. Indianapolis & New York: Bobbs-Merrill, [1937]. Frontispiece portrait. Original gilt-lettered cloth showing even external wear. Good.
         First edition. Rader 1676. Pingenot: Biography of the filibuster William Walker who became known in Nicaragua as "the grey-eyed man of destiny," in partial fulfillment of an old Indian legend that such a man would deliver them from the bondage of corrupt government. Contains material on the infamous Parker French.

HARRIS, Charles H. III. A Mexican Family Empire: The Latifundio of the Sanchez Navarro Family 1765-1867. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1975. Cloth. Fine in d.j.
         First edition.

KETCHUM, Richard M. Will Rogers, The Man and His Times. New York: American Heritage Publishing Company, 1973. Illustrations. Brown leather spine with "bandana" boards. Fine in slipcase.
         Second printing.

LEWIS, Charles Lee. David Glasgow Farragut: Admiral in the Making. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1941. Frontispiece, plates. Cloth. Fine.
         First edition.

MILLER, Darlis A. Captain Jack Crawford: Buckskin Poet, Scout and Showman. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, [1993]. Illustrations. Original cloth. Fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: First biography of Crawford, Indian fighter, army scout, performer with Buffalo Bill Cody, author and poet, deputy U.S. Marshall, and rancher. He was quite famous in his day, and Miller has penned a fine account of his exciting life.

MONAGHAN, Jay. Schoolboy, Cowboy, Mexican Spy. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, [1977]. Photographic illustrations. Cloth. Very good to fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The story of a 17-year-old’s adventures in the West during the closing days of the frontier and experiences as a war correspondent and rebel army spy during the Mexican Revolution.

NOGALES, General Rafael de. Memoirs of a Soldier of Fortune. Garden City: Garden City Publishing Company, [1932]. Frontispiece portrait. Original cloth. Bookplate removed from front inside pastedown, spine sunned with small hole. Contents very good.
         First edition. Tribute by Lowell Thomas and preface by R. B. Cunninghame Graham. Pingenot: Amazing biography of Venezuelan born soldier of fortune, who fought in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, who served under Porfirio Díaz in Mexico at the onset of the Mexican Revolution, who chased after gold in Alaska and Nevada, and who rose to the rank of divisional commander in the Turkish army during World War I.

PORTER, Joseph C. Paper Medicine Man: John Gregory Bourke and His American West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1986]. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations, maps. Original boards. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: John G. Bourke was a U.S. Army officer who became an ethnologist, a military historian, and a prolific writer on the American West. He fought against the Sioux, the Northern Cheyennes, and the Apaches. He served with Crook in Arizona and his many contacts with the Indians brought about an interest in their lifeways and ceremonies. Porter gives a sensitive, richly detailed portrait of Bourke according him his rightful place in America’s military, cultural, and intellectual history.

SANBORN, Margaret. Robert E. Lee: A Portrait 1807-1861. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1966. Illustrations. Cloth. Fine copy in a good pictorial d.j. with minor chip on spine.
         First edition. Pingenot: The first volume of a two-volume biography explores the personal side of Lee, sweeping away many myths about him.

SEAGER, Robert. And Tyler Too: A Biography of John and Julia Gardiner Tyler. New York: McGraw Hill, (1963). Original cloth. Fine in a near fine pictorial d.j.
         First edition.

THOMPSON, Gerald. Edward F. Beale & the American West. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, [1983]. Illustrations, maps. Cloth. Very fine in a near mint d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Drawing upon the rich resources of over 300 libraries, museums, and archives, the author has re-created the exciting life of Edward F. Beale, a major figure in the history of the West. A Mexican War hero, Beale carried East the first gold samples from California; later supervised construction of a transcontinental wagon road, and experimented with the use of camels in the Southwest.

TRACY, Milton Cook and Richard Havelock-Bailie. The Colonizer: A Saga of Stephen F. Austin. El Paso: Guyes Printing Company, 1941. Cloth. Fine in d.j.

(18 vols.)
         ($300-600)