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Auction 5: Lots 65-74

 


65. EDWARD, David. The History of Texas; or, the Emigrant's, Farmer's, and Politician's Guide to the Character, Climate, Soil and Productions of that Country: Geographically Arranged from Personal Observation and Experience. Cincinnati: James, 1836. 336 [2, ads] pp., folding engraved map of the Republic of Texas with grants hand-colored in outline (Map of Texas containing the Latest Grants and Discoveries by E. F. Lee, 12-5/16 x 8-1/2 inches). 12mo, original plum floral cloth, printed paper spine label. Binding lightly stained and with moderate outer wear (particularly at spine tips, which are frayed), short split in cloth at lower spine and upper cover neatly mended, spine label rubbed, chipped and dark, upper hinge cracked, occasional mild offsetting and foxing. Despite the condition report, much nicer than usually found.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 53: "One of the best accounts of Texas on the eve of the Revolution.... The book attempts to be unprejudiced, but the author was clearly anti-Texan at heart." Clark, Old South III:35: "Like Mrs. Holley's Texas, this work was extensively used as a basis for many other books on that state written in the 1830s and 1840s." Graff 1208. Howes E48: "Conditions just prior to the Revolution described by an actual observer." Rader 1279. Raines, p. 74. Streeter 1199: "One of the essential Texas books. It gives a good account of the physical features and towns and products of Texas of 1835." Edward reprints many scarce Texas laws and decrees. The excellent little map is, based on the Austin-Tanner conformation (Day, p. 24).
($750-1,500)

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66. ELLIOTT, Claude. Leathercoat: The Life History of a Texas Patriot. San Antonio: Privately printed, 1938. xiv [2] 315 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates. 8vo, original tan pictorial cloth. Fine, in d.j. (minor spotting to rear of d.j.).

First edition. Scarce biography of James Webb Throckmorton (1825-1894), who with his close colleague Sam Houston voted against Texas secession. Throckmorton—Texas patriot and Ranger, Mexican-American War veteran, state and federal legislator, Unionist, Confederate soldier, Indian Commissioner, and President of the Constitutional Convention of 1866—was the first Governor of Texas after the Civil War (1866-1867). His term of office was disastrous. Reconstructionist General Sheridan removed Throckmorton from office because he refused to support Radical Republican policies. New Handbook VI:485-86.
($80-150)

 



Item 67, "Cereus Giganteus"

 

67. EMORY, W. H. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California.... Washington: HED41, 1848. 614 pp., 64 lithographed plates (views, Native Americans, natural history), 3 battle plans, 3 folding maps (including the large-scale Military Reconnaissance of the Arkansas, Rio del Norte and Rio Gila, 30-1/4 x 64-3/4 inches). Thick 8vo, original brown cloth, printed paper spine label. Other than occasional mild foxing (much less than usual), an exceptionally fine copy, the binding wonderfully well-preserved, plates in the preferred state. The large map (frequently wanting and here supplied from another copy) is in excellent condition.

First edition, House issue, best edition, with the additional reports by Abert, Cooke, and Johnston. Alliot, p. 73. Cowan, p. 195. Edwards, Desert Voices, pp. 54-55. Graff 1249. Howes E145: "The plates of scenery in the Senate edition were lithographed by Weber & Co; in the House edition these are usually all done by Graham, though in some copies, the 24 plates in Abert's report were executed, in a superior manner, anonymously." McKelvey, Botanical Explorations of the Trans-Mississippi West, pp. 990-1018. Plains & Rockies IV:148. Rittenhouse 188. Schwartz & Ehrenberg, p. 278: "[Contains the] first view of the Southwest." Wheat, Transmississippi West 505, 532, & 544: "Since Emory was meticulous in his astronomical observations and because of his extreme care not to include mere 'imaginary geography,' the map possesses an importance much greater than many of the more showy performances of the period. Its carefully fixed points enabled other mapmakers to orientate entire regions not hitherto properly tied into known geographic positions. In many respects, Emory's map was the most important milestone in the cartographic development and accurate delineation of the Southwest." Zamorano 80 33: "A library of Western Americana is incomplete without it."

There are myriad issues and variants of this epochal report, but an important consideration for the collector is the quality of the plates, which appear in the present copy in their preferred superior state. Perhaps more important is the presence of Emory's grand map, the first printed map to show the Southern route. With the discovery of gold in California, Emory's report and map became immensely popular, supplying detailed information on the entire route relative to watering places, roads, deserts, landmarks, Indians, plant and animal life. This was the map of the day—for both the armchair traveller and many an actual emigrant, who carried it on the long trek to California. Though these intrepid overlanders discarded many a prized possession in the struggle across the treacherous desert, Emory's map was among the last material possessions to be abandoned. See Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 76-77.
($750-1,500)

 


68. __________. Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey [Parts 1 & 2]... Washington: HED135, 1857. xvi, 258, viii, 174 pp., 75 engraved and lithographed plates (some colored), 4 maps and profiles, numerous text illustrations. Large 4to, original brown blind-stamped cloth. A poor copy (binding deteriorating, text and plates foxed, browned, and offset). As usual, the colored geologic map is lacking, but present and in fine condition is Emory's Map of the United States and Their Territories between the Mississippi and the Pacific Ocean and Part of Mexico (20-1/4 x 22-3/4 inches). The estimate below is based only on the value of the map.

First edition, House issue, of Parts I and II. The subsequent two volumes are extremely difficult to locate because they were issued in a much smaller press run (Congress was disturbed by the high cost of this first volume with its many plates and maps). Alliot, p. 72. Basic Texas Books 57: "One of the most significant of all government reports on western and southern Texas.... The set is only rarely found complete." Bennett, American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books, p. 41. Edwards, Desert Voices, pp. 54-55. Field 500. Goetzmann, Army Exploration of the American West, pp. 199-200 (commenting on Emory's map): "Master map of the entire trans-Mississippi West...drawn to a scale of 1:6,000,000.... Emory's version of the trans-Mississippi West country was only the second (after Frémont's) important attempt to portray the region as a whole, and a clear advance over the previous work of Preuss and Frémont." Hill, p. 300. Howes E146. Martin & Martin 44. Plains & Rockies IV:291. Raines, p. 76. Wheat, Transmississippi West 822*.
($200-300)

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69. FOOTE, H. S. Texas and the Texans; Or, Advance of the Anglo-Americans to the Southwest.... Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait, 1841. viii, 13-314 + 403 pp. 2 vols., 12mo, original blind-stamped green cloth, spines with gilt lone stars. Binding faded and lightly rubbed, front free endpapers not present, text with mild uniform browning.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 63: "One of the most influential books on Texas in its time, this work is still of considerable value and interest. It suffers from the intense prejudices of the author...but it nevertheless provides material on numerous aspects of Texas history not available elsewhere.... Foote wrote his work as a deliberate piece of propaganda, with the goal of encouraging annexation to Texas to the U.S. This objective led Foote into some startling statements, such as his remarks against the Mexicans, 'whose extermination may yet become necessary for the repose of this continent.'" Eberstadt 162:292b: "Contains many rare documents and is a valuable authority. Foote wrote at the request and with the aid of the most prominent Texas pioneers and officials of the Republic. It discusses Burr's project; the Magee expedition; civil history of the Republic; and recognition by the U.S." Graff 1376. Howes F238. Raines, p. 84. Streeter 1377: "Rather entertaining." (2 vols.)
($500-750)

 


70. FROEBEL, Julius. Seven Years' Travel in Central America, Northern Mexico, and the Far West of the United States. London: Bentley, 1859. xiv [2] 587 pp., 8 engraved plates, text-illustrations. 8vo, three-quarter tan sheep over marbled boards, gilt spine with raised bands and brown morocco label. Upper cover detached, lower joint starting, interior fine and clean.

First English edition (first edition, Leipzig, 1857-58). Cowan, p. 225. Graff 1448. Howes F390: "Describes several trips over the Santa Fe Trail and a journey from Tucson and the Gila to Los Angeles." Palau 95117. Parker, Travels in Central America, p. 322. Plains & Rockies IV:292:2: "Camp considered this work to be one of the most interesting books of travel through the Southwest. In 1852 Froebel traveled to Chihuahua and returned by way of the Santa Fe Trail. In 1853 and again in 1854, he travelled the same route, to Chihuahua, and then to California, arriving at Los Angeles on September 6, 1854." Raines, p. 85. Rittenhouse 231. The author includes an account of his journey from Galveston to El Paso via San Antonio, Fort Inge, Fort Clark, etc. (pp. 431-69). One of the plates is a Texas scene, Watering Place, called the Dead Man's Hole (opposite p. 451).
($350-550)

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Item 71

 

71. GÁLVEZ, Bernardo de. Instructions for Governing the Interior Provinces of New Spain, 1786. Berkeley: Quivira Society, 1951. xiv, 150 pp., frontispiece photograph of Navajo Indians. 8vo, original white cloth over rose boards, gilt. Very fine.

First edition in English, limited edition (#163 of 500). The original edition published in Mexico, 1784. Graff 1498n. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 167n. In response to continuing Indian depredations and the unsettled state of the Spanish northern frontier (Coahuila, Texas, New Mexico, Nueva Vizcaya, Sinaloa, Sonora, and the Californias), Gálvez, for whom Galveston is named, issued these recommendations on Indian policy and frontier administration.
($100-200)

 


72. GARCÉS, Francisco [Tomás Hermenegildo]. On the Trail of a Spanish Pioneer: The Diary and Itinerary of Francisco Garcés in his Travels through Sonora, Arizona, and California, 1775-1776. Translated...by Elliot Coues. New York: Harper, 1900. xxx, 312 + vii [1] 313-608 pp., maps, plates (mostly photographic). 2 vols., 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Fine.

First edition in English (limited to 950 copies); the first edition was published at Mexico in 1854. Barrett, Baja 909. Cowan, pp. 228-29. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 57-58. Farquhar, The Colorado River & the Grand Canyon 6: "Garcés is the first of the great figures whose life and work touched intimately and continuously the waters of the Colorado. For a dozen years he worked to establish a mission on its banks and to acquaint himself with the region and its inhabitants. He visited the Havasupai and the Grand Canyon and was finally slain on the banks of the river by the Indians whom he had sought to help.... The chief source of information about Garcés and his life and death on the Colorado." Geiger, Franciscan Missionaries in Hispanic California, pp. 92-95: "His missionary life was a combination of spiritual ministrations and tours of exploration to points no white man had reached. He became a missionary scout, preparing the Indians for the reception of the gospel." Howes C801. Laird, Hopi 946: "There is mention of the Hopi throughout...including...Garcés' account of visiting them on July 4, 1776." Wallace, Arizona History III:8. Weber, California Missions, p. 21. One of the great and early travel accounts of the Southwest and an excellent source on Native Americans, being the journal of Garcés (1738-1781) intrepid Franciscan missionary whose explorations prompted the Anza expedition and the opening of the Mojave Trail. (2 vols.)
($200-400)

 


73. GERSTÄCKER, F. Wild Sports in the Far West. London: Routledge, 1854. [xi] [1] 396 pp., 8 engraved plates. 12mo, original red cloth stamped in gilt and blind, gilt pictorial spine. A fine, tight copy, plates excellent.

First edition in English (first edition, Dresden, 1844). Clark, Old South III:163: "Hunting adventures occupy much of his narrative, [but] he also describes life among the pioneer settlers—their home life, agricultural practices, and manners, and such social occasions as house raisings, debating societies, and Fourth of July celebrations. As a description of pioneer life and as a collection of hunting stories, Gerstäcker's Wild Sports ranks high." Graff 1542. Hill, p. 432: "Gerstäcker's he-man account of life in the old West is taken from his first visit to America. This work is mostly about his trip down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and hunting in the wilds of the Arkansas territory." Howes G137. Phillips, Sport 134. Rader 1575. The plates by Harrison Weir, though attractive, are rather imaginative; The Captured Buffalo (frontispiece) seems to have lived in the barnyard rather than on the plains.
($150-300)

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Item 74

 

74. GILES, L. B. Terry's Texas Rangers. [Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1911]. 105 pp., title decorated with Lone Star. 16mo, original gilt-lettered brown cloth. A worn and shaken copy with intermittent foxing to text, front free endpaper with an old repair. It is not a pretty copy, but it certainly is an uncommon book.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 75: "One of the best memoirs of the famous 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment.... The unit entered the war 1,200 strong, fought and claimed victory in over 200 battles, and wound up with scarcely enough men to form a single company. H. Bailey Carroll called it 'one of the great recollections of that sterling group of Terry's Texans in the Civil War, and...one of the rarest pieces of Texana.'" Coulter 184. Dornbusch 1059. Howes G168. Nevins, Civil War Books I, p. 93. Parrish, Civil War Texana 34. Vandale 72. New Handbook II:805-06. See also Item 159 herein.
($750-1,500)

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