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Auction 5: Lots 104-114

 


104. LANE, Walter P. The Adventures and Recollections of General Walter P. Lane, a San Jacinto Veteran. Containing Sketches of the Texian, Mexican, and Late Wars, with Several Indian Fights Thrown In. Marshall: Tri-Weekly Herald, 1887. [2, errata] [6] 114 pp., including engraved portrait of author. 16mo, original clay-coated rose printed wrappers. A few trifling traces of wear to fragile wraps, but really, an incredibly fine copy of a book difficult to find in any condition.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 119: "One of the best Texas military memoirs, this is also a prime source on the period from the Texas Revolution through the Civil War. No Texas military hero spent more time in the thick of the action than Lane, and his memoirs are meaty with anecdotes and incidents relating to the revolution, the Indian campaigns, the Mexican War, and the Civil War.... Lane served at San Jacinto with great valor, being wounded and singled out for special commendation and battlefield promotion.... Lane's narrative is salty and pure Texian.... About a third of Lane's narrative relates to the Civil War, and this section sparkles with tales of valor.... One of the most fascinating narratives ever produced in Texas." Dykes, Western High Spots ("My Ten Most Outstanding Books on the West"), p. 22. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 227. Graff 2384: "Contains some exciting and unusual personal accounts, especially the 'Indian fights thrown in.'" Howes L69. Nevins, Civil War Books I, p. 119. Parrish, Civil War Texana 57: "Exceedingly rare." Raines, p. 136: "A raw Irish youth of 19 at San Jacinto, where he distinguished himself." Vandale 100. Lane went to the California mines in 1849 (he and his companion James McMurtry almost drowned in a flood on the Sacramento River). Tate, The Indians of Texas 1254. Lane later travelled to Nevada, South America, and Arizona, returning to Texas before the Civil War. New Handbook IV:62-63.
($1,500-2,500)

 


105. LARPENTEUR, Charles. Forty Years a Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri...1833-1872. Edited...by Elliot Coues. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1898. xxvii [1] 236 [1, ad] + viii [2] 237-473 [1, ad] pp., photographic frontispiece portraits, plates. 2 vols., 8vo, original blue cloth, spines gilt. Minor shelf wear, one hinge cracked, otherwise fine, with J. Frank Dobie's ink inscription: "To an American historian...from the library of an American pioneer of the West. Austin 1924."

First edition, limited edition (#393 of 950 copies). Graff 2404. Howes C800. Hubach, p. 77. Rader 2204. Smith 5700. "A notable and entirely novel contribution to our knowledge of the fur trade" (Elliot Coues, from the introduction). Classic account of the Missouri fur trade. (2 vols.)
($250-450)

 



Item 106

 

106. LEA, Tom. Randado. [El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1941]. [14] pp., text illustrations by Lea. Small folio, original stiff brown wrappers, illustration tipped onto upper wrapper, sewn. Very fine.

First edition, limited edition (#83 of 100 copies signed by Lea—only 25 copies offered for sale), first issue binding. Adams, Herd 1317. Printer at the Pass 16: "When Tom Lea undertook to illustrate J. Frank Dobie's book The Longhorns, the author and artist made a trip together, visiting ranches where they might see the last remaining herds of wild longhorns. When Lea saw the ruins of the old ranch at Randado, and heard its legend, he was inspired to write his poetic tribute.... The book is stunning in its format. Only 25 copies were for sale to the public, prompting H. Bailey Carroll to comment at the time: 'Copies may soon become as scarce as the remaining tangible evidence of the existence of El Randado—now largely dust upon the sunburned face of Jim Hogg County.'"
($2,000-4,000)

 



Item 107

 

107. LUBBOCK, F. R. Six Decades in Texas: or Memoirs of Francis Richard Lubbock, Governor of Texas in War-Time, 1861-63, a Personal Experience in Business, War, and Politics. Edited by C. W. Raines. Austin: Ben C. Jones, 1900. xvi, 685 pp. 8vo, original olive green cloth, stamped in gilt and black, gilt star on upper cover. Minor shelf wear. Generally fine and bright. Signed by Lubbock.

First edition, deluxe edition, with gilt star on upper cover. Basic Texas Books 130: "When this interesting autobiography was published in 1900, its author had been in Texas for sixty-four years, during sixty-three of which he had held some form of public office in his adopted state. His memoirs...are entertaining and forthright, full of humor and entirely lacking in vanity.... Lubbock gives us one of the best accounts of business life in early Texas.... During the Civil War, Lubbock served as Governor of Texas, but resigned to get into the action." Dobie, p. 52. Howes L542. Nevins, Civil War Books II, p. 196. Parrish, Civil War Texana 59. Raines, p. 141.
($250-450)

 


108. [LUNDY, Benjamin]. The Life, Travels and Opinions of Benjamin Lundy, Including his Journeys to Texas and Mexico; with a Sketch of Cotemporary [sic] events, and a Notice of the Revolution in Hayti. Compiled under the Direction and on Behalf of his Children [compiled by T. Earle]. Philadelphia: Parrish, 1847. [4, blank] [5]-316 pp., engraved portrait, folding map with original full color (California, Texas, Mexico, and Part of the United States... 8-1/2 x 10-1/8 inches). 12mo, original dark brown cloth. Some outer wear and spotting to binding, intermittent foxing and browning to interior. Contemporary ownership mark.

First edition. Clark, Old South III:66: "Contains Lundy's journals kept on his journeys to Texas, 1833-34 and 1834-35, in search of suitable places for the colonization of freed slaves." Graff 1195. Howes E10. Matthews, pp. 255-6: "The most traveled of the abolitionists was Lundy, who said he had walked 5,000 miles and had rode another 20,000. He went to 19 states, Haiti, Canada, Texas, and Mexico." Plains & Rockies III:108n. Streeter 1169n: "A most interesting Texas book because of Lundy's three journeys to Texas.... Lundy was a keen observer and in his journeys refers to many of the prominent Texans." One of the few contemporary sources on pioneer printer Samuel Bangs. The map shows the Nueces Strip and the Panhandle uncolored, because those areas were in dispute.
($700-1,200)

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109. [MAP]. KEMBLE, W. Texas and Part of Mexico & the United States, Showing the Route of the First Santa Fé Expedition. New York: Harper, [1844]. Engraved map measuring 16-1/4 x 11-1/2 inches. A few fox marks and creased where formerly folded. A few short marginal tears.

Martin and Martin 34: "Stimulated renewed interest in Texas and represented another major step toward the inevitable solution to the Texas question later in the decade." Plains & Rockies IV:110. Streeter 1515. Wheat, Transmississippi West 483. The map, which was published in Kendall's Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition (see 99 herein) shows the routes of the first Santa Fe Expedition, the Chihuahua Trail, Gregg, and Pike.
($200-400)

 


110. MARCY, R. B. The Prairie Traveler. A Hand-Book for Overland Expeditions.... New York: Harper, 1859. 340 pp., frontispiece of Fort Smith, Arkansas, text illustrations, folding map (Sketch of the Different Roads Embraced in the Itineraries). 12mo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Spinal extremities slightly chipped, early ink library stamps of the Mercantile Library of New York on title, remains of bookplate on front endpaper, short tear to map. Better condition than the condition report might indicate.

First edition. Cowan, p. 414. Graff 2676. Howes M279. Mintz, The Trail 326. Plains & Rockies IV:335:1: "Marcy was well qualified to advise the prospective emigrant, and he ably summarized his experiences in this book." Rittenhouse 399: "A how-to-do-it book widely used by emigrants over all Western trails." Wheat, Transmississippi West 984-85 & pp. 145-46 & 174-75: "[Marcy's map of the Colorado Gold region] is one of the best that appeared that year." Wynar 3415.
($300-500)

 


111. MARCY, R. B. The Prairie Traveller.... Edited...by Richard F. Burton. London: Trubner, 1863. xvi, 251 [1] [24, ads] pp., frontispiece of Fort Smith, Arkansas, text illustrations, folding map. 8vo, original black cloth. Cloth at upper joint split and spine almost detached, shelf worn at upper extremities and edges, internally fine.

Fourth and best edition, with notes and improved map by Richard F. Burton. Graff 2677. Howes M279. Mintz, The Trail 326. Plains & Rockies IV:335:4: "After half a lifetime spent on the western plains and in the Rocky Mountains, Captain Marcy was well qualified to advise the prospective emigrant, and he ably summarized his experiences in this book.... The book was then brought up to date in 1863 with a new edition...edited by Richard Burton, who had just returned from a visit to Salt Lake." The map features a detailed inset showing the gold region around Pike's Peak.
($300-600)

 



Item 112

 

112. MARCY, R. B. Thirty Years of Army Life on the Border.... New York: Harper, 1866. 442 pp., engraved frontispiece, plates. 8vo, original green gilt pictorial cloth. Spine slightly darkened, extremities with minor fraying, generally very good to fine.

First edition. Alliot, p. 146. Dobie, p. 155: "Marcy had a scientific mind and a high sense of values. He knew how to write and what he wrote remains informing and pleasant." Graff 2679. Howes M280. Rader 2348.
($100-200)

 


113. MARSHALL, T. M. A History of the Western Boundary of the Louisiana Purchase, 1819-1841. Berkeley: University of California, 1914. xiii [1] 266 pp., maps (some folding). 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Fragile wraps lightly worn and soiled, internally very fine, mostly unopened, inscribed by author.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 136: "This is one of the most lucid studies of the struggle to establish the boundary line between Texas and the United States. Eugene C. Barker called it 'a history of the diplomacy of the Louisiana-Texas border.'" Howes M321.
($150-$250)

 



Item 114

 

114. McCALLA, W. L. Adventures in Texas, Chiefly in the Spring and Summer of 1840; with a Discussion of Comparative Character, Political, Religious and Moral; Accompanied by an Appendix, Containing an Humble Attempt to Aid in Establishing and Conducting Literary and Ecclesiastical Institutions with Consistency and Prosperity, upon the Good Old Foundation of the Favour of God our Saviour. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, 1841. 8 [13]-199 pp. 16mo, original blind-stamped dark brown cloth, title gilt lettered on upper cover. Head of spine chipped and slightly frayed at tail, occasional mild foxing (mostly confined to preliminary and terminal leaves), generally very good.

First edition. Clark, Old South III:209. Graff 2575. Howes M34. Phillips, Sport, p. 242: "Hunting experiences." Rader 2275. Raines, p. 142. Streeter 1387: "Account by a Presbyterian minister of a journey by sea to Galveston and then to Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Goliad.... The rest of the book is made up of general but rather favorable observations on Texas, an attack upon 'Popery,' a discussion taking several pages to the effect that Texas is at a disadvantage in not having ministers with degrees of Doctor of Divinity, and so on. One of the items in the index is the Proposed Charter of Galveston University." Vandale 107. The first half of the book recounts the controversial minister's trip though Texas "alone on a pony" interspersed with adventures with Indians and hunting; the latter sections contain reflections on Texas morals and manners. "The Reverend Mr. McCalla was living in a tent on the beach, not choosing 'to go into any public house or private family,' and trying to establish a university at Galveston when [Daniel] Baker [see Item 7 herein] encountered him. Baker heard him deliver an 'elaborate address' in favor of the university, but his efforts came to naught, as might have been expected, for Galveston was certainly not a proper location for such an institution" (Sibley, Travelers in Texas, pp. 16 & 213). See DAB.
($1,200-1,800)

 


 

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