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Pingenot Auction, Lot 370

370. [EAGLE PASS]. Lot of 5 titles, including:

[CAZNEAU, Jane McManus]. Eagle Pass; or, Life on the Border by Cora Montgomery. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1966. Endpaper maps. 12mo. Very good to fine.
         Facsimile edition, limited edition (500 copies). Clark III, 366. Graff 2873. Howes C251. Raines, p. 172. Pingenot: Edited with an excellent historical introduction by Robert Cotner and with a useful index. Cora Montgomery was the pseudonym used by Jane McManus, wife of William L. Cazneau, an official of the Republic of Texas. Both were intimate friends of Mirabeau B. Lamar. Soon after the founding of Fort Duncan on the Rio Grande in 1849, Cazneau brought his wife to the new settlement of Eagle Pass to speculate in land and to pursue trade possibilities with Mexico. Her work provides the earliest written account of this part of the southwest Texas frontier. This Pemberton Press limited edition was largely destroyed in a warehouse fire in 1968.

DODGE, Louis. Children of the Desert. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1917. 8vo, original cloth. Full page presentation inscription signed by the author to Col. H. L. Scott, A.G. Dept. of Cuba, dated Havana, May 15, 1901.

SCARBOROUGH, Annie Cecil. The Pass of the Eagle: The Chaparral Region of Texas. Austin: San Felipe Press, 1968. Color frontispiece, black and white woodcut illustrations by the author, endpaper maps. 8vo, original pictorial cloth autographed by the author. Fine copy. Signed by author.
         First edition, limited edition. No d.j. was issued with this book. Pingenot: A survey of borderland customs, culture, folklore, and history drawn from the author’s two decades experience as an elementary school teacher in Eagle Pass prior to World War II. Long out-of-print and scarce.

SUMPTER, Jesse. Paso del Águila: A Chronicle of Frontier Days on the Texas Border as Recorded in the Memoirs. [Austin: Encino Press, 1969]. Illustrated, endpaper maps. 8vo, cloth over boards. Fine. Signed.
         First edition.

U.S. ARMY. 3rd INFANTRY REGIMENT. Program Field Meet of the 3rd Infantry RegimentMonterrey Day September 21, 1918Camp Eagle Pass, Texas. [Eagle Pass]: 3rd Infantry Regiment, 1918. 8vo, original pictorial printed self-wrappers. Small stain on front cover with slight edge wear. Very good.
         First edition. Pingenot: Program for a series of athletic events between soldiers of the 3rd Infantry stationed at Camp Eagle Pass (formerly known as Fort Duncan). Each page contains advertisements from local merchants with the schedule in between. Officials for judging were the officers of the regiment, including a Lieut. Paul Steele, who married an Eagle Pass girl, and rose to the rank of colonel commanding a tank battalion in Europe under Patton in World War II. The ceremonies preceding the contests included Sousa’s "The Rifle Regiment March" by John Phillip Sousa played by the Third Regiment Band, and "The Regiment’s Birthday" by Lieut. Colonel S. W. Anding, regimental commander. At the conclusion a "Regimental Review" was held "on the cavalry drill grounds, east of the bayonet course on Artillery Hill." Particularly valuable are the numerous ads by restaurants, merchants, banks, fruit and vegetable stands, clothing stores, etc. The name, "Monterrey Day," commemorates the 3rd Infantry’s participation in the capture of Monterrey during the Mexican War on September 21, 1846. Rare item of military and borderland ephemera.

(5 vols.)
($75-150)