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Pingenot Auction, Lot 371

371. [EL PASO]. Lot of 6 titles, including:

COLLINGWOOD, Lillian (editor). Password: Texas Sesquicentennial. El Paso: El Paso County Historical Society, Summer 1986. 55-120 [1] pp., illustrations. 8vo, original cloth. Very fine.
Vol. XXXI, no. 2. contains articles: "El Paso-Where Texas History Begins" by W. H. Timmons; "Commentary on the El Paso Valley (1807-1848) by Nancy Lee Hammons; "El Paso’s Copy of the Treaty of Velasco" by Mary A. Sarber; "Early Roads to El Paso" by Bob Miles; "Map of Texas, 1853," by Emilie Patton de Luca; and five other articles plus book reviews.

MILLS, William W. Forty Years at El Paso, 1858-1898: Recollections of War, Politics, Adventure, Events, Narratives, Sketches, Etc. El Paso, 1901. 166 pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original red cloth with gilt title on front cover and backstrip. Fine.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1505: "Deals with gun battles and the bloody reign of the city marshals of El Paso." Graff 2807: "The author was a brother of General Anson Mills." Howes M633. Rader 2405. Pingenot: A scarce personal memoir of an Indiana native who moved to El Paso shortly before the Civil War, opposed secession, was arrested as a spy, eventually joined the Union Army, and became collector of U.S. Customs at El Paso. As Republican party boss he supported Reconstruction vigorously in El Paso and tangled with local troublemakers.

PORTER, Eugene. San Elizario. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1973. [12] 86 pp., illustrations by José Cisneros. 4to, half morocco and vellum with gilt title on spine. Near mint in publisher’s slipcase.
         First edition, limited edition (#4 of 50 numbered copies), each of which contains an original signed drawing by José Cisneros. Lowman, p. 42: "San Elizario, past and present, is expertly captured...far and away the finest production issued from the Pemberton Press." Pingenot: The history of San Elizario mission and area near El Paso since the 16th century. A few remaining copies of the limited edition, saved back by the publisher, were destroyed in the disastrous fire on Christmas Eve, 1985.

SONNICHSEN, C. L. Pass of the North: Four Centuries on the Rio Grande. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1968. xii [2] 467 pp., illustrations by José Cisneros. 8vo, cloth. Fine copy in d.j. autographed by the author.
         First edition. Typography by Carl Hertzog. Basic Texas Books 191: "A splendid history of the area centering around El Paso and Juarez." Lowman 229. Pingenot: Historian William C. Pool called it "a remarkable and readable history...a significant contribution to Texas and Western American history." Contains a section on the gunmen of El Paso with material on John Wesley Hardin, John Selman, George Scarborogh, Bass Outlaw, the Bosque gangs, the Texas Rangers, Jeff Milton, and others.

STRICKLAND, Rex W. El Paso in 1854...with a 30 Page Handwritten Newspaper by Frederick Augustus Percy Entitled El Sabio Sembrador.... El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1969. Illustrations, facsimiles, map. Small folio, original brick-colored linen in fine to mint condition. Signed on the half-title by Strickland and Carl Hertzog, the typographer.
         First edition, limited edition. Lowman 250. Pingenot: A beautiful work by Hertzog, it reproduces in facsimile a 30-page handwritten newsletter by F. A. Percy that was written in 1854 with news of El Paso, a map, and illustrations with watercolor effects.

TIMMONS, W. H. El Paso. A Borderlands History. El Paso: University of Texas at El Paso, 1990. 8vo, cloth. Fine in d.j. Signed by Timmons and Cisneros.

(6 vols.)
($325-650)