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Pingenot Auction, Lot 389

389. [MIER EXPEDITION]. Lot of 4 titles (8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

BELL, Thomas W. A Narrative of the Capture and Subsequent Sufferings of the Mier Prisoners in Mexico.... Waco: Texian Press, 1964. Original cloth. Mint.
         Facsimile reprint of the rare 1845 original. Introduction and notes by James M. Day. Streeter 1563, locating only the Earl Vandale copy in the University of Texas. Vandale, Texianameter 14. Pingenot: Bell published his ordeal of almost 21 months of captivity the year following his release. No doubt the rarest published account of the Mier Expedition.

CHABOT, Frederick C. The Perote Prisoners Being the Diary of James L. Truehart Printed for the First Time Together with an Historical Introduction.... San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1934. Original cloth. Some wear and spine darkening, but very good overall. Original owner’s rubber stamp name on endpaper.
         First edition, limited edition (#108 of 400 copies, signed by Chabot). Basic Texas Books 80n. Pingenot: One of the most valuable works on the subject, Truehart’s diary is the only one to cover the entire period of imprisonment from the capture of San Antonio by General Woll in September, 1842, to the release of the prisoners from Castle Perote in March, 1844. Chabot’s 87-page introduction and copious footnotes add much to the book.

NANCE, Joseph M. Dare-Devils All: The Texan Mier Expedition, 1842-1844. Austin: Eakin Press, 1998. Original cloth, slipcase. Signed.
         First edition, limited edition (#26 of 100 copies).

WALKER, Samuel H. Samuel H. Walker’s Account of the Mier Expedition. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1978. Illustrations. Cloth. Very fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Samuel Walker led a star-crossed life. He was wounded regularly in Texas Ranger battles with the Indians, he joined the ill-fated Mier Expedition and was captured, but as luck would have it on that occasion he was not executed for drawing a black bean. During the Mexican War, he persuaded Samuel Colt to manufacture the heavy .44 caliber six-shooter which bore his name. He was killed in action just a few days after receiving a pair of them from Colt. This is the first separate publication of his journal.

(5 vols.)
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