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Auction 5: Lots 115-122

 


115. McDANIELD, H. F. & N. A. Taylor. The Coming Empire; or, Two Thousand Miles in Texas on Horseback. New York: Barnes, [1877]. [2] 389 [1] [2, ads] pp. (pages 4-5 incorrectly numbered 6-7; pages 9-10 repeated). 12mo, original brown blind-stamped cloth, lone star on covers. A rather shabby copy but not totally unrespectable—binding worn and somewhat soiled, top fore-edges and endleaves lightly stained. Contemporary ink inscription on front free endpaper and armorial bookplate of Frederick P. Price.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 202 (quoting J. Frank Dobie): "In addition to being the most delightful of all Texas books of travel, [this] book contains the most information on the social conditions of pioneer Texas." Clark, New South I:140: "[McDanield] was employed by and became a stockholder in the Texas Western Railroad. On his trip for the railroad he visited Houston, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Fort Concho, Pecos, and Presidio del Norte, and came back to Houston.... An excellent and valuable work." Howes M81. Raines, p. 143. Includes a section and sheep husbandry discussing George W. Kendall's pioneering role. The author visited the Kendall ranch and praised widow Adeline de Valcourt Kendall's organizational abilities with the operation. According to Jenkins, although McDanield is listed as co-author on the title-page, he was only the financial underwriter.
($150-300)


 

116. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. UNITED STATES. ARMY. Official List of Officers who Marched with the Army under the Command of Major General Winfield Scott, from Puebla upon the City of Mexico, the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth of August, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty-Seven, and Who were Engaged in the Battles of Mexico. Mexico: American Star Print, 1848. [24] pp., printed errata pasted on title verso. Oblong 8vo, original plain tan paper wrappers preserved in early twentieth century tan boards with brown cloth backstrip. Lacking the plan of Mexico. Mild to moderate foxing (affecting mainly first leaves), creased. Rare and unusual imprint.

First printing of a genuine field production, printed on a portable press by the U.S. Army of Occupation in Mexico City. Eberstadt 106:212: "The original issue of the famous production of the 'American Star Press.' Printed in the field upon the types and press of the Army of Occupation." Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 131. Howes S243.
($400-800)

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117. MILLER, T. L. Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835-1888. Austin & London: University of Texas, [1967]. xiii [1] 894 pp. Thick 8vo, original green cloth. Very fine in d.j., typed errata card laid in.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 144: "The most important published guide to early military service records in Texas.... A mine of information on the land system and land grants."
($40-60)


 

118. MORFI, Juan A. Excerpts from the Memorias for the History of the Province of Texas.... San Antonio: Privately Printed, 1932. xxii, 85 [2] pp., plates (some photographic), maps. 4to, original dark brown cloth. Fine copy of a handsome production, with high-quality art photographs.

First edition, limited edition, but no limitation notice or statement present in this copy. Basic Texas Books 145A: "Limited to 200 copies, but actually 400 printed...some copies have no limitation notice.... This is the best contemporary eighteenth-century history of Texas.... Throughout the work are invaluable insights into the life in the missions, villages, and presidios, as well as on the Indian tribes." Howes M792. Tate, The Indians of Texas 1813: "Focuses only upon those sections relevant to Texas Indians. Editorial notes help explain some passages." First printing of any part of the manuscript memoirs of Morfi, sometimes referred to as Texas' first historian. Morfi accompanied Croix's 1777 inspection tour of the Provincias Internas from Mexico City and into Texas via Coahuila.
($150-300)

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Item 119

 

119. MORFI, Juan A. A History of Texas, 1673-1779. Albuquerque: Quivira Society, 1935. 242 + [8] 243-496 pp., 9 plates, folding map. 2 vols., 8vo, original half white cloth over tan boards, gilt. Original glassine wrappers. Very fine, mostly unopened.

First edition, limited edition (#76 of 100 copies, signed by translator and editor Carlos E. Castañeda, and with five additional plates not included in the regular edition of 500 copies). Basic Texas Books 145: "The volumes consist of a biography of Morfi, a list of his writings and extant letters, the text of his history, bibliography, and index.... Monumental history of Texas." Howes M792: "First complete publication in any language of this contemporary manuscript, most complete history of Spanish Texas in its early period." Tate, The Indians of Texas 1814: "[Morfi] provides details on earlier Spanish and French rivalry in Texas, and focuses much attention on the missions. Morfi's lengthy discussion of the various Indian tribes in Texas comprises the best report of his generation, and Castañeda's editing further assures accuracy for the original manuscript." (2 vols.)
($300-600)


 

120. MORPHIS, J. M. History of Texas, from its Discovery and Settlement with a Description of its Principal Cities and Counties, and the Agricultural, Mineral, and Material Resources of the State. New York: United States Pub. Co., 1874. 591 [1] [8, ads] pp., engraved frontispiece of Alamo, plates, portraits, folding engraved map of Texas on onionskin paper, original full coloring and ornate vine border (New Map of the State of Texas as it is 1874... G.W. & C.B. Colton, 1874, 18-7/8 x 26 inches, insets of Panhandle, Matagorda Bay, Texas in 1835, Galveston Bay, and Sabine Lake). 8vo, original terracotta cloth with gilt seal of Texas on upper cover. Binding lightly stained and a bit shelf worn, generally quite nice. Map in excellent condition except for the customary tear at junction of map and book block.

First edition. Day, p. 91 (citing the 1875 issue of the map): "Shows counties, towns, roads, rivers, creeks, lakes, mountains, Young Territory, railroads, forts, camps, academies in Indian Territory, few wells and water holes, parts of Indian Territory, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mexico, and New Mexico." Howes M817. Phillips, America, p. 847. Raines, p. 153 (citing only the second edition): "Many valuable official documents and reports." One of the more difficult nineteenth-century books to obtain in collector's condition and with the Colton map.
($300-600)

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121. NANCE, J. M. Lot of two books: (1) After San Jacinto. The Texas-Mexican Frontier 1836-1841. xiv, 642 pp., folding maps, plates. (2) Attack and Counter-Attack. The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1842. xiv, 750 pp., plates, folding maps. Austin: University of Texas, [1963-1964]. 2 vols., large 8vo, original cloth. Fine in dust wrappers.

First editions. Basic Texas Books 149: "This is the most comprehensive history of the Texas-Mexican borderlands during the period.... Basic for any study of Texas history.... One of the most neglected phases of Texas history has been that dealing with the area south and west of the Nueces, particularly during the period covered by these two books." Tate, The Indians of Texas 2095: "A magnificent treatment of relations between Mexico and the Republic of Texas.... The book offers a good explanation of why defense forces, concerned more with the 'Mexican threat,' could not give full attention to the 'Indian threat' in other parts of Texas." (2 vols.)
($80-150)


 

122. NAST, Thomas (artist). Horatio Seymour and his Friends! How Democrats Treat the Colored Man! N.p., [1863]. 1 p., double folio (21-2/8 x 15-1/2 inches). Broadside illustrated with two political cartoons. Paper browned, creased where folded, minor chipping at blank margins. Good, strong impression.

Anti-Democratic political poster addressed to Black citizens on the Draft Riots of 1863, illustrated by Thomas Nast (1840-1902), the political cartoonist who created the symbolic Democratic donkey and Republic elephant. "For skill, fecundity, variety, vis comica, generous good nature, and idealism, [Nast] stands at the front among America's caricaturists, and among the best half-dozen in the world" (Nevins, A Century of Political Cartoons, pp. 14-15). One cartoon shows Governor Seymour addressing a crowd of rioters in front of the Tribune building in New York; the other depicts rioters attacking three Black children with clubs and pistols. The text of the poster alleges that Seymour, acting in concert with Robert E. Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania, aided and abetted the riot. According to the poster the riot caused $1,366,379 damage to private property and left 1,500 persons dead or wounded (only 166 of whom were white). The poster concludes: "Let it be remembered that the rebels who deserted their country's flag, and tried to destroy, through bloody rebellion, this Free Republic, will vote for Seymour and Blair, in the hope of winning at the ballot-box what they lost in the field—the continued enslavement of the colored man.... Let it be remembered that every colored voter who acts with the Democracy sustains the party that sustained slavery, desires caste to be established by his own disenfranchisement, and upholds the New York Democratic murderers and rioters, who killed so many members of his own race!!"
($750-1,000)


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