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Pingenot Auction, Lot 428

428. [TEXAS RANGERS]. Lot of 10 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

ADAMS, Verdon R. Tom White: The Life of a Lawman. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1972. Illustrations from photographs. Cloth. Near mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Informal biography of Texan T. B. White. White was born in 1881 and during his 90 years of life devoted it to a career in law enforcement. He was a Texas Ranger, FBI investigator, penitentiary warden, and above all a humanitarian. Published in a small edition and now out-of-print.

BANTA, William and J. W. Caldwell. Twenty-Seven Years on the Texas Frontier. Council Hill: L. G. Park, 1933. Frontispiece portrait. Printed pictorial wrappers. Spine top slightly rubbed, else fine.
         Rewritten and revised by L. G. Park. Howes B109. Dobie, p. 59. Pingenot: Banta organized a company of minute men in Burnet County and participated in Indian fights in the 1850s. Caldwell fought with the Texas Rangers. The volume contains much on pioneer and Indian life, especially among the Comanches, and contains material on Banta’s several captivities. There is also material on his Civil War service at Fort Davis.

COX, Mike. Texas Ranger Tales: Stories that Need Telling. [Plano]: Republic of Texas Press, 1997. Photographic illustrations, illustrations. Wrappers. Signed.

GREER, James K. Colonel Jack Hays: Texas Frontier Leader and California Builder. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1952. Frontispiece portrait, maps, endpaper maps. Cloth. Mint in a very fine d.j.
         First edition. Biography of John Coffee Hays, Indian fighter, Texas Ranger, Mexican War veteran, California sheriff and pioneer developer. Basic Texas Books 170n. Tutorow 3826.

HUGHES, W. J. Rebellious Ranger: Rip Ford and the Old Southwest. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1964]. Illustrations, map. Cloth. Some spine fading to d.j. else a fine, bright copy.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 64n: "A fine biography." Pingenot: Although a hero in several "dime novels," this is the only complete biography of Ford based on historical research. It includes material on the Texas Republic, Mexican War, Indian fighting, border troubles, Cortina, exploration of West Texas, and the Civil War.

JENKINS, John H. and H. Gordon Frost. "I’m Frank Hamer." The Life of A Texas Peace Officer: The True Story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1968. Photographic illustrations. Small 4to, original cloth. Very fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 181: "This biography of the famous Texas Ranger captain gives for the first and only time the authentic and documented details of the Clyde Barrow-Bonnie Parker rampage. In addition, it tells of Hamer’s fifty years as a Ranger and peace officer."

PREECE, Harold. Lone Star Man: Ira Aten, Last of the Old Texas Rangers. New York: Hastings House, [1960]. Illustrated. Cloth. Very good in good d.j. lightly rubbed at top.
         First edition. Pingenot: Although Adams, Guns 1759 nit-picks over minor factual errors involving Henry Brown, Johnny Ringo, Black Jack Ketchum, etc., the book contains a full and valuable account of Aten’s and John R. Hughes detective work in solving the murder of the Ida Williamson family and the sensational trial that followed which resulted in the execution of Dick Duncan, the only man ever legally hanged in Maverick County, Texas.

ROSE, Victor M. The Life and Services of Gen. Ben McCulloch. Austin: Steck Company, 1958. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Embossed cloth. Fine in slipcase.
         Facsimile reprint of the rare 1888 original edition. See Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 520 and Tutorow 3947.

STEPHENS, Robert W. Tribute to a Ranger: Captain Alfred Y. Allee, Company D, Texas Rangers. [Dallas: Privately printed, 1968]. Portrait. Original stiff printed wrappers. Marginal age darkening, else fine. Presentation inscribed "To Ben E. Pingenot, a good man and a great citizen/ A. Y. Allee, Capt. Texas Rangers."
         First edition.

WEBB, Walter Prescott. The Texas Rangers, A Century of Frontier Defense. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1935. Illustrations. Original cloth. Very good copy.
         First edition with error in photograph caption on p. 565. Adams, Guns 2333; One-Fifty 145. Sister Agatha, p. 65. Basic Texas Books 212: "The most important work on the Texas Rangers." Howes W194. Pingenot: Henry Steele Commager said, "Like all really important books, it transcends its title." Webb, himself, said, "I did not stop with the records. Like Parkman I went to all the places where things had happened...trailing the Texas Rangers who had in turn trailed the ancestors of some of the best people in Texas."

(10 vols.)
($200-475)