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399. [MISSIONS & MISSIONARIES]. Lot of 5 titles, including:
FORRESTAL, Rev. Peter P., C.S.C., Litt. D. The Venerable Padre Frey Antonio Margil De Jesus. Preliminary Studies of the Texas Catholic Historical Society. Reprint from Mid-America III, no. 4 (April 1932). Wrappers.
HALLENBECK, Cleve. Spanish Missions of the Old
Southwest. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1926.
Illustrations, plates. 4to, original cloth-backed boards
with cloth tips. Fine in chipped d.j.
First edition. Campbell, p. 188. Tucker, p. 46. Pingenot: A good general history of early missions built in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California; often with plans of layout. Contains a long series of photographic plates on missions in Arizona, California, and New Mexico, as well as Indians, mission art and architecture, etc.
PORTER, Eugene. San Elizario. Austin:
Pemberton Press, 1973. Illustrations by José
Cisneros. 4to, half morocco and vellum with gilt title on
spine. Near mint in publishers slipcase.
First edition, special limited edition (#12 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.
SIMPSON, Lesley Byrd. The San Saba Papers.
San Francisco: John Howell-Books, 1959. Map in pocket
inside back cover. 8vo, original red cloth. Very fine.
WEDDLE, Robert S. San Juan Bautista: Gateway to
Spanish Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968.
Photographic plates, maps. Cloth. Very fine to near
First edition. Basic Texas Books 215n: "A superb account...with much Texas interest (including) the general scheme of Spanish military and ecclesiastical expansion." Winner, Texas Institute of Letters Amon G. Carter award for 1968. Pingenot: The first scholarly study of this ancient outpost on the left bank of the Rio Grande, and through which all of the entradas of exploration and settlement of Spanish Texas were launched.