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Auction 5: Lots 36-44


36. CASTAÑEDA, Carlos E. (ed.). The Mexican Side of the Texan Revolution [1836] by the Chief Mexican Participants.... Dallas: Turner, [1928]. viii, 391 pp., facsimiles, endpaper maps. 8vo, original dark blue cloth. Fine in the rare d.j. (moderately worn).

First edition. Basic Texas Books 61B, 180B & 207A. Accounts of the Texas campaign of 1836 as related by five of the chief Mexican participants. A landmark in Texas historiography, including translations and notes on works by Santa Anna, Martínez Caro, Filisola, Urrea, and Tornel. See Howes C155, F127, S98, T302, & U31, and Streeter 930, 923, 853, 940, & 932.
($80-125)

 


37. __________. Our Catholic Heritage in Texas 1519-1936. Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1936-1942. Vols. 1-5 (of the 7 vol. set), frontispiece portraits, plates, maps, large 8vo, original blue decorated cloth. Fine.

First edition of "the best history of the three centuries of Spanish and Mexican Texas [with] the first detailed account of literally dozens of expeditions and settlements in Texas.... Opens up a world of entirely new history for the Big Bend region and for South Texas and provides by far the most complete account of the missions in the San Antonio-Goliad region and in East Texas. For a period of history in Texas once thought to have been virtually barren except for scattered desultory expeditions, Castañeda shows us a Texas 'throbbing with activity'" (Basic Texas Books 27). Tate, The Indians of Texas 1705: "Invaluable source of information on all phases of Catholic influence in Texas. Detailed information on Indian tribes from the coastal and eastern sections of the state is extremely valuable, especially in the first four volumes. No researcher can afford to overlook this seminal work." Tyler, Big Bend, p. 255(n4): "For a discussion of the early Spanish entradas into the Big Bend, see Castañeda, Vol. I). Foundation scholarly work on the Spanish Southwest, with many leads to original sources. (5 vols.)
($600-1,000)



Item 38, "United States Frontier in 1840"

 

38. CATLIN, George. Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians...Written during Eight Years' Travel amongst the Wildest Tribes...1832-1839. New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1841. viii, 264 + viii, 266 pp., frontispiece, 177 engraved plates (many with more than one image per plate), 2 maps (U. States' Indian Frontier in 1840, 8-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches; Outline Map of Indian Localities in 1833, 9 x 14-1/4 inches). 2 vols., original gilt pictorial, blind-stamped plum cloth. Lacking Mandan map. Contemporary ink signature on titles. Vol. II title foxed, and lower blank margin of several text leaves at end trimmed. An exceptionally clean, tight set, plates fresh and errata slip present. Difficult to find in original cloth and with the engravings unfoxed.

First American edition (same sheets as 1841 London edition, first issue error on p. 104 of Vol. I corrected to read "Zedekiah," new title-page). Dobie, p. 32: "Catlin's two volumes remain standard." Dykes, Western High Spots ("High Spots of Western Illustrating") #3 (p. 43): "Catlin was our first real painter of the West." Field 260. Goetzmann, The West of the Imagination, p. 16: "The tone of this, Catlin's most important work, is everywhere redolent of Cooper at his romantic and didactic best.... Catlin became the Leatherstocking of American art." Howes C241. McCracken 8. Pilling 689. Plains & Rockies IV:84:3. Raines, p. 46. Tate, The Indians of Texas 2142: "Includes information and drawings by Catlin following his 1834 journey with the Dodge-Leavenworth Expedition. His dramatic descriptions and sketches of mounted Comanches have been continuously cited by later historians, and the entire account of the Comanche camps is worth a close reading by the researcher." Tyler, Prints of the West, p. 51: "Remains the basis for much Plains Indian ethnology." Wheat, Transmississippi West 453-54. Catlin's great work on the tribes of the Upper Missouri, Yellowstone, and Red River was the first and freshest account of the rapidly vanishing tribes as they actually lived and remains a source for later knowledge. Although Catlin's engravings sometimes have been criticized as lacking refinement, they are accurate and clean, with a vigor and expressiveness of line unlike any other nineteenth-century plates of Native Americans. Texas engravings include a plate of an encounter between a mounted Texas Comanche and U.S. dragoons at the 1834 consultation with Comanche and Pawnee tribes. See Richard Ribb's interesting article on Catlin in the New Handbook (I:1034-35). (2 vols.)
($500-900)

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39. CELÍZ, F. Diary of the Alarcón Expedition into Texas, 1718-1719.... Los Angeles: Quivira Society, 1935. [12] 124; 52 pp., illustrations, maps. 8vo, original white cloth over brown boards, gilt. Fine in original glassine d.j.

First edition, limited edition (#44 of 100 copies signed by translator; with facsimile of original diary which did not appear in the regular edition). Basic Texas Books 29: "The Celíz diary records the founding of the town of San Antonio and the mission of the Alamo.... It also reports on the expedition through the interior of Texas to the missions in deep eastern Texas.... Valuable for its description of the country explored and especially of the Indians encountered." Clark, Old South I:13. Howes C254.
($200-400)


Item 40

 

 

40. CLAIBORNE, J. F. H. Mississippi as a Province, Territory and State, with Biographical Notices of Eminent Citizens.... Volume I [all published]. Jackson: Power & Barksdale, 1880. xxiii [1] 545 [1, errata] pp., portraits. 8vo, early twentieth-century three-quarter navy blue levant morocco over marbled boards, gilt spine with raised bands, t.e.g. Minor shelf wear, title-page foxed. Inscription to Texas scholar Charles Ramsdell by W. A. Rhea.

First edition. Howes C419. Larned 3281: "The manuscript of Vol. 2 was accidentally burned, and the death of the author prevented rewriting. Vol. 1 extends to the Civil War. For the early period the author relies partly on Gayarré, and partly on original documents. He gives an excellent account of the Natchez War (1730). For the nineteenth century, the author relies on valuable documents left by his father, Gen. Claiborne, and his uncle, Governor Claiborne, and on his own knowledge of men and matters. His account of the customs of Indian tribes in Mississippi and of events leading to the Civil War is of special importance. The tone of the work is strongly Southern.... The work will be used by future historians as a storehouse to draw upon." Wynn, Southern Literature, p. 449.
($150-300)

 


41. [CLEMENS, Jeremiah]. Bernard Lile: An Historical Romance, Embracing the Periods of the Texas Revolution and the Mexican War. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1856. 12mo, original blind-stamped plum cloth. Fine in cloth slipcase. Bookplate of Texas collector Jno. C. Ingram.

First edition. Agatha, pp. 118-20. Dobie, p. 40: "A 'bully' good yarn revealing much of actuality." Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 272. Gaston, p. 268. Graff 755: "The author was a United States Senator from Alabama. Another issue carries the author's name on the title-page." Schoelwer, Alamo Images, p. 200: "This early novel contains a chapter on the Alamo. The hero escapes the fortress as a courier to Fannin." Tutorow 4177. Wright II:543. Don B. Graham in his article on Texas literature in the New Handbook (IV:219) comments that the work is "peppered with virulent racist epithets." DAB records that the Alabama author served in the Texas Revolution and the Mexican-American War.
($100-200)

 


42. CUSHING, F. H. My Adventures in Zuñi. Santa Fe: Peripatetic Press [Printed at the Rydal Press], 1941. 178 pp., colored illustrations, including 10 full color serigraphs of masks by Dallas artist Fanita Lanier (reproduced by Louie Ewing of Santa Fe). Small 4to, original grey cloth. Binding lightly foxed and offsetting opposite illustrations. A very good copy in lightly worn and soiled d.j. Association copy: signed presentation inscription from Ed DeGolyer (who wrote the introduction) to Donald Day. Original prospectus laid in.

First edition, limited edition (400 copies). Campbell, p. 45: "A handsome volume, with critical and informative introduction by E. De Golyer, as beautifully written as Cushing's classic itself. The original edition has long been out of print. Cushing became a citizen of the Indian community; his interpretations are our best window into Zuñi." Dobie, p. 29: "Cushing had rare imagination and sympathy. His retellings of tales are far superior to verbatim records." Dykes, Western High Spots ("High Spots of Western Illustrating") #61 (p. 53): "In all respects a joy to have and hold." The author lived among the Zuñi and was initiated into the Macaw Clan, eventually becoming Head War Chief. See Thrapp I:361.
($250-450)

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43. [DANA, C. W.]. The Garden of the World: or the Great West; Its History, Its Wealth, Its Natural Advantages...A Complete Guide to Emigrants, with a Full Description of the Different Routes Westward. By an Old Settler. Boston: Wentworth, 1856. [8] [13]-396 pp., engravings of state seals. 12mo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Binding worn and chipped, occasional foxing to text.

First edition. Cowan, p. 155. Plains & Rockies IV:279a: 1: "The author describes a number of routes to the West. He also offers instructions for prospective immigrants." Rader 1051. Smith 2244. There is a chapter on Texas that includes a long letter by Sam Houston extolling the advantages that Texas offers as a field for immigration. The chapter on Kansas includes a section on the "Vegetarian Settlement Company."
($100-200)

 


44. [DAVIS, JEFFERSON]. WALKER, Robert J. Jefferson Davis and Repudiation. Letter. [With]: Jefferson Davis. Repudiation, Recognition and Slavery Letter No. II. London: William Ridgway, 1863. 58; 12 pp. 8vo, contemporary stiff marbled paper wrappers. Upper wrap detached. Postal address with canceled stamp on last page of first tract.

First edition. Presents a history of the Union Bank Bonds of Mississippi and Jefferson Davis' involvement. In 1838 the State of Mississippi authorized the issuance of five million dollars in bonds to establish the Union Bank. Within two years the bank had lost all of the money and become insolvent. Certain members of the Legislature recommended that payment of the bonds be repudiated because of alleged irregularities in their resale by the Union Bank. After some soul-searching, but spurred by other financial difficulties, the State did so in 1842. U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis entered the story in 1849 with the publication of two letters supporting the repudiation. During the Civil War the Confederacy was seeking British and European support for their cause, and the problem of the repudiated Mississippi bonds came up again. Could the Confederacy be trusted to honor its debts if its President has advocated repudiation of his own state's financial obligations?
($150-300)

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