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101. DeBRUEYS, John L. Ben Milam: Hero of the Alamo City. Houston: Ben Milam Hotel, 1936. 27 [1] pp., illustrations. 12mo, original tan printed wrappers, stapled. Light wear to wrappers, text mildly foxed, else very good.     $30

 

102. DRISCOLL, Clara. In the Shadow of the Alamo.  New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; London: Knickerbocker Press, 1906. v [1, blank] 205 [1, blank] [4, ads] pp., frontispiece, text illustrations.  8vo, original green pictorial cloth., t.e.g.  Binding a bit shelf-worn, corners bumped, upper hinge cracked (but holding), ownership inscription on front free endpaper, endpapers, preliminary pages, and ads foxed, occasional light foxing to text, otherwise good.

    First edition.  “Miss Driscoll is best remembered for her part in preserving as a historic shrine the Alamo Mission in San Antonio” (Notable American Women, p. 523).  Schoelwer, Alamo Images, p. 191:  “This collection of stories includes the author’s memoir on how she saved the Alamo, a history of the Alamo shrine, and a short fictional tale.”  Winegarten, Texas Women’s History Bibliography, p. 96.     $15

 

103. EVANS, Augusta J[ane]. Inez: A Tale of the Alamo. New York: W. I. Pooley, 1864. 298 pp. 8vo, original green cloth gilt with beveled edges. Extremities and corners of binding worn, lower corner missing from front free endpaper, early owner’s inscription on title, otherwise good.

    Early edition (originally published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1855). Author’s first book, written at age fifteen. Gaston, pp. 226-7, Schoelwer, Alamo Images, p. 200n.  See also BAL (22979), Raines (p. 78), Handbook of Texas Online: Wilson, Augusta Jane Evans, and Notable American Women (III:625-26).     $20

 

104. EVANS, Augusta J[ane]. Inez: A Tale of the Alamo. New York: G.W. Dillingham, 1895. 298 [8, ads] pp. 12mo, original pictorial wrappers. Fragile wraps a bit worn, text browned and brittle, otherwise very good. Rare in original wrappers.

    Later reprint edition. Dillingham’s Palmetto Library No. 1.     $25

 

105. EVANS, Augusta J[ane]. Inez: A Tale of the Alamo. New York: F. M. Lupton, n.d. [4] 202 pp., frontispiece. 8vo, original maroon cloth, t.e.g. Binding rubbed, hinges and text block cracked (but holding), owner’s ink stamp on front free endpaper, otherwise good.

    Later reprint edition.     $20

 

106. EVANS, Augusta J[ane]. Inez: A Tale of the Alamo. New York: Street & Smith, n.d. 255 [1, ad] pp. 12mo, original white pictorial wrappers printed in dark blue and red. Fragile wraps worn and chipped with old cellotape repairs, text browned and brittle due to cheap paper stock.

    Later reprint edition. Street & Smith Select Library Series No. 35.     $20

 

107. EVERETT, Donald E. Trinity University: A Record of One Hundred Years. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 1968. [8] 276 pp., 16 plates. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Edges lightly foxed, otherwise fine in water-stained d.j.

    First edition. Published in celebration of the Trinity University Centennial Year, 1969. TC 215. TLH, p. 6.     $10

 

108. FEDERAL WRITERS’ PROJECT. WORK PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION. AMERICAN GUIDE SERIES. San Antonio: An Authoritative Guide to the City and its Environs. Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration in the State of Texas. San Antonio: Clegg, 1938. [2] 106 pp., maps (including 1 folding map), photographic illustrations. 8vo, original white pictorial wrappers, comb bound. A little foxing and soiling to wraps, interior fine and bright.

    First edition. CBC 267. Brewer 797.     $45

 

109. FEDERAL WRITERS’ PROJECT. WORK PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION. AMERICAN GUIDE SERIES. Old Villita. San Antonio, 1939. 22 [2] pp., bird’s-eye view, illustrations. Folio, original white pictorial wrappers printed in green, glassine flyleaves, stapled. Wraps slightly worn and soiled, otherwise near fine.

    Second edition, limited edition (3000 copies).     $25

 

110. FEHRENBACH, T. R. The San Antonio Story: A Pictorial and Entertaining Commentary on the Growth of San Antonio, Texas. Tulsa: Continental Heritage, 1978. 240 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, some in color. 4to, original brown cloth gilt. Fine in sunned and water-stained d.j.     $10

 

111. FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SAN ANTONIO. San Antonio and Your First National Bank through the Years, 1866-1953 [wrapper title]. San Antonio: First National Bank of San Antonio, 1953. [38] pp., illustrations. Tall 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers. Very fine.

    First edition. CBC 445.     $30

 

112. FORD, John S. Origin and Fall of the Alamo, March 6, 1836. San Antonio: Johnson Brothers, 1894. 33 [1, erratum] pp. 8vo, original black pictorial wrappers. Wraps badly worn and chipped, lower wrap detached, title page chipped and with ink stamp of Tejas Club library, text browned and brittle, overall poor condition.

    First edition. CBC 340 (gives date of 1895 and page count of 97). Cf. Raines p. 84.     $50

 

113. FORD, John S. Origin and Fall of the Alamo, March 6, 1836. San Antonio: Johnson Brothers, 1894. Another copy, variant wrappers. 8vo, dark brown pictorial wrappers. Wraps badly worn and chipped, rodent damage to upper wrap and first few leaves, text browned and brittle with some chipping, overall poor condition.     $50

 

114. FORD, John S. Origin and Fall of the Alamo, March 6, 1836. San Antonio: Johnson Brothers, 1895. 39 [1] pp., 6 plates (including frontispiece). 8vo, original green pictorial wrappers. Fragile wraps lightly worn and browned, a little dog-earing to edges of text block, else near fine.

    CBC 340. Rader 1427. Raines p. 84.     $100

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115. FORD, John S. Origin and Fall of the Alamo, March 6, 1836. San Antonio: Johnson Brothers, 1896. 39 [1] pp., 6 plates (including frontispiece). 8vo, original goldenrod pictorial wrappers. Fragile wraps lightly worn and browned, volume lightly creased, otherwise fine.

    Second printing of preceding item $75

 

116. FORD, John S. Origin and Fall of the Alamo, March 6, 1836. San Antonio: Johnson Brothers, 1900. [2] 39 [3] pp., 2 plates. 8vo, original salmon pictorial wrappers. Fragile wraps lightly worn and soiled with a few small chips and one short tear, small fragment of upper wrap adhered to title page, a few scattered fox marks to text, otherwise very good.

    TC 170, TLH, p. 5 (both referring to 1980 reprint).     $50

 

117. GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS. Historical Data of San Antonio [wrapper title]. San Antonio: Texas Biennial Convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, n.d. [16] pp. Narrow 8vo, original tan printed wrappers, stapled. Wraps browned and lightly worn, illegible ownership inscription on upper wrap, occasional underlining in ink to text, overall very good.

    Not in CBC.     $15

 

118. GOULD, Stephen. The Alamo City Guide [caption title]. [New York: Macgowan & Slipper, Printers, ca. 1882]. [3] 4-142, [143]-151 (“San Antonio Advertisers’ Directory” and “Index”) [1, ads] pp. + 13 inserted leaves of ads (some colored and many illustrated) pp., numerous text engravings. [With prospectus]:  The Alamo City Guide. San Antonio, Texas. Being a Historical Sketch of the Ancient City of the Alamo, and Business Review; with Notes of Present Advantages, together with a Complete Guide to All the Prominent Points of Interest about the City, and a Compilation of Facts of Value to Visitors and Residents. N.p., n.d. [New York: Appleton, 1882 (copyright on title verso dated 1882 with rights to Stephen Gould]. 4 pp.  2 items, 8vo, unbound. The prospectus is very fine.  The book lacks the upper wrapper, frontispiece, and title page. Old tape repairs and reinforcements on p. [3] and spine. Recto of p. [3] browned and chipped at lower right (small loss of text). Otherwise, the interior is very fine.  Newspaper clippings laid in and heavy contemporary revisions in ink. A unique survival of a book very rare in commerce.

    First edition of an early guide to San Antonio, preceded by Mooney & Morrison’s General Directory of the City of San Antonio (San Antonio, 1877) and Goff’s San Antonio and Its Environs (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1881).The author in his preface states:  “He who writes the history of San Antonio writes the history of Texas, and although many writers have dealt with separate events, no one has yet presented a complete history of the city.”CBC 352 (calling for 142 pp. in error).  By the mid-1800s San Antonio was called “The Alamo City,” when the enduring moniker began to appear in book titles.

    The book appears to be the author’s copy, copiously marked for revision, including such notes as instructions to rewrite certain sections, correct typos, cancel ads, etc.  One note on p. 67 next to the wood-engraved text illustration of Wolfson & Co.’s Store states: “This cut is not straight.” Apparently, however, no other edition ever appeared.  Thus, the corrections are revisions for a projected second edition and likely survive only in the present copy.

    The many text-engravings are almost all buildings and scenes.   In at least one instance (p. 111, “Crockett Block”) the architect is identified in the image as Alfred Giles. On p. 28 is a full-page composite view of the missions done by Bushnell after the work of noted early Texas artist Robert Jenkins Onderdonk.  The engravings are not noted in Dr. Mavis P. Kelsey in Engraved Prints of Texas, 1554-1900.

    Early military encounters during the Texas Revolution are covered, and the account of the battle of the Alamo is well reviewed, as would be expected. He states that Crockett survived the battle and was then executed. Todd Hansen in The Alamo Reader notes on p. 312-313 (1.10.2.6) that this work contains the first published record of Brigidio Guerrero, who claimed he was present at the battle of the Alamo and survived.  “His story is that he was one of the soldiers under Colonel Travis, and continued to fight until the enemy had entered the enclosure. Seeing that further resistance was useless he entered the room in which were the women, and was concealed by them under some bedding, where he remained until night, and then made his escape. Although he has steadfastly maintained the truth of this story since 1843, his veracity is doubted by many of the early inhabitants. At any rate, the evidence he offered the court was so strong that he was placed on the pension list, and to the present writing has received aid from the State” (pp. 21-22 in Gould’s book).

    Much interesting and unusual information is found in this book.  For instance, The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink states that by the 1880s references to enchiladas were beginning to make their way into regional books across the  Southwest and refers to Gould’s book as describing enchiladas as one of the dishes being served in the Alamo Plaza (p. 207).     $750.00

 

119. GREEN, Rena Maverick. A Comanche Challenge and a Duel of the ‘40s at the San José Mission and Ursuline Convent, San Antonio [wrapper title]. N.p.: Rena Maverick Green, 1936. 4 pp., 2 woodcut text illustrations. 8vo, original cream pictorial wrappers, stapled. Wraps with short splits at head and foot of spine, otherwise near fine.

    TC 136. Extracted from Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick.     $15

 

120. HAGNER, Lillie May. Alluring San Antonio Through the Eyes of an Artist. San Antonio: Published by the author [printed by Clemens Printing Co.], 1947. xv [1] 142 [2] pp., many illustrations by author.8vo, original grey cloth. Small area of water staining near upper left corner (not affecting text), otherwise fine in torn, water stained, and foxed price-clipped d.j.

    Third printing. CBC 354 (referring to 1940 first edition).     $10

 

121. HANDY, Mary Olivia. History of Fort Sam Houston. San Antonio: Naylor, 1951. vii, 111 [1, blank] pp., 10 plates. 12mo, original green pictorial cloth. Edges foxed, otherwise fine in lightly browned d.j. with split along upper joint.

    First edition. CBC 356.     $50

 

122. HARRIS, Ethel Wilson. San José, “Queen of the Missions” [wrapper title].San Antonio: International Printing, 1946. [34] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original yellow stiff pictorial wrappers, stapled. Wraps lightly worn with a few tiny spots, otherwise near fine.

    Fifth printing. CBC 359 (referring to 1942 first edition).     $20

 

123. HEAVENHILL, W. S. Siege of the Alamo: A Mexico-Texan Tale [wrapper title]. San Antonio: Schultz & Schott, 1888. [2] 29 [1] pp. 12mo, original salmon pictorial wrappers. Spine lightly water stained, otherwise fine.

    First edition. Not in Raines.     $50

 

124. HEUSINGER, Edward W. A Chronology of Events in San Antonio, Being a Concise History of the City Year by Year, from the Beginning of its Establishment to the End of the First Half of the Twentieth Century. San Antonio: Standard Printing, 1951. [8] 111 [1, blank] pp., map. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Fine in water-stained and lightly soiled d.j.

    First edition. CBC 361.     $25

 

125. Historical San Antonio [wrapper title]. San Antonio: Nic Tengg, n.d. (ca. 1930?). [12] folios, photogravures of San Antonio missions and other landmarks. Oblong large 8vo, original cream pictorial wrappers tied with silk cord. Fragile wraps worn at edges, lightly browned and soiled, and with a few small spots and stains, light uniform age-toning to leaves, otherwise very good.

    Not in CBC.     $50

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