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851. MOSELEY, J.A.R. The Presbyterian Church in Jefferson. Austin: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas State Historical Association, 1946. xiii [1, blank], 52 pp., frontispiece and illustrations by Harold Bugbee, facsimile. 12mo, original red pictorial cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Light foxing to endpapers and fore-edges, else fine in glassine d.j.

    First edition, limited edition (675 copies). CBC 3185. History of the East Texas church established in the 1840s, with biographies of pioneer ministers. Lowman 39.     $55

 

852. RUSSELL, Traylor. The Diamond Bessie Murder and the Rothschild Trials. Waco: Texian Press, 1971. [2] 183 [1, blank] pp., text and photographic illustrations, endpaper maps. 8vo, original red pictorial cloth decorated in black and silver. Light foxing to fore-edges, else fine in chipped and shelf-worn blue pictorial d.j. Signed by author.

    First edition, limited edition (1000 copies). TC 1241.     $25

 

853. Texas Historical Records Survey. Inventory of the County Archives of Texas. No. 155. Marion County (Jefferson). San Antonio: Texas Historical Records Survey, 1940. [6] 118 pp., map of Marion and surrounding counties. 4to, original blue printed wrappers, black cloth back strip, stapled. Mild discoloration to wrappers, light wear to fore-edges. Fine.

    CBC 3180.     $15

 

854. TEXAS STATEWIDE RECORDS PROJECT. Index to Probate Cases of Texas. No. 155. Marion County, May 15, 1860-May 2, 1939. [San Antonio]: Texas Statewide Records Project, 1940. [48] pp., map of Marion and surrounding counties. 4to, original blue printed wrappers, black cloth back strip, stapled. Wrappers slightly smudged and sunned, else fine.

    CBC 3179.     $15

 

Martin County

855. MARTIN COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION. Martin County, Texas: Its Land and Its People, 1881-1978. Dallas: Taylor Publishing, 1979. 544 pp., photographic illustrations, map, advertisements, photographic endpapers. 4to, original maroon cloth binding with embossed gilt decoration and lettering. Binding slightly smudged, fore-edges and endpapers lightly foxed, else fine.     $85

 

856. SMITHSON, Fay Eidson & Pat Wilkinson Hull. Martin County, The First Thirty Years: A Familiar History of Martin County, Texas. Hereford: Pioneer Book, 1970. vii [1, blank], 295 pp., photographic illustrations. 4to, original brown pictorial cloth, black-lettered on spine and upper cover. Binding lightly rubbed, minor foxing to endpapers and fore-edges, else very fine.

    First edition. TC 1250.     $85

 

Mason County

857. POLK, Stella Gipson. Mason and Mason County: A History. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1966. [10] 119 pp., half title in red, title in red and black, 16 pp. of photographic illustrations (not in pagination). 8vo, original red cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Endpapers and top edge lightly foxed, else very fine in lightly rubbed d.j.

    First edition. Guns 1746. TLH, p. 53.     $70

 

858. POLK, Stella Gipson. Mason and Mason County: A History. Burnet: Eakin Press, 1980. ix [1] 203 [1, blank] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original brown cloth with gilt-lettered spine gilt. Fine in lightly foxed and shelf-worn pictorial d.j. Signed by author on dedication, contemporary gift inscription from Pauline A. Lemburg to Dudley R. Dobie on front free endpaper.

    Revised edition.     $45

 

Matagorda County

859. BAY CITY LIONS CLUB. Historic Matagorda County in the Heart of the Rich Gulf Coast [wrapper title]. Bay City: Tribune Printing, [1947]. 52 pp., photographic and text illustrations, advertisements. 8vo, original yellow pictorial wrappers, stapled. Wrappers dulled, foxed, and lightly creased, staples rusted, margins foxed, else fine.

    CBC 3213. TC 1256.     $45

 

860. HISTORICAL COMMITTEE OF THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY COMMISSION. The One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Founding of the Episcopal Church in Texas: Christ Church 1838-1963 Matagorda, Texas. Matagorda, 1963. 12 pp., photographic illustrations, church program laid in. 8vo oblong, original illustrated wrappers, stapled, brown cord tie. Wrappers sunned and rubbed. Very good.     $20

 

861. HOLTZ, Helmuth (artist). Hotel at Matagorda, Texas. Hamburg, n.d. (ca. 1860). Pictorial lettersheet, 4 pp. 4to, folded, lithograph on first page (image measures approx. 15.5 x 19 cm). 6 cm tear to right side of image. Very good.

    First printing. The central scene shows the Colorado House and Main Street, with surrounding vignettes of Church, Masonic Hall, Courthouse, residence of Col. R.H. Williams, and G. Burkhart’s emporium. Will be included in Tyler and Holman’s forthcoming work on nineteenth-century lithographs of Texas.     $125

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862. JETER, Lorraine Bruce. Matagorda: Early History. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1974. [8] 138 [12] pp., text illustrations, charts, map. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Corners bumped, binding rubbed, gilt dull, light foxing to top edge. Fine. Signed by author.

    TC 1258.     $75

 

863. STIEGHORST, Junann J. Bay City and Matagorda County: A History. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1965. [6] 269 [1, colophon] pp., 16 pages of photographic illustrations (not in pagination), endpaper maps. 8vo, original mustard cloth with black- and gilt-lettered spine. Endpapers and fore-edges foxed, margins foxed, else fine in slightly chipped and sunned green pictorial d.j.

    First edition, limited edition (150 copies).     $85

 

Maverick County

864. CAZNEAU, Jane Maria Eliza McManus (pseud. of Cora Montgomery). Eagle Pass; or, Life on the Border. New York: George P. Putnam, 1852. [2] 188 [4] pp., advertisements, printed endpapers. 12mo, original embossed brown cloth gilt-lettered spine. Binding well rubbed, spine cracked (but complete), endpapers and margins foxed (not affecting text). Overall, a very good copy.

    Howes C251. Rader 642.     $225

 

865. CAZNEAU, Jane Maria Eliza McManus (pseud. of Cora Montgomery). Eagle Pass; or, Life on the Border. New York: George P. Putnam, 1852. 188 [4] pp., advertisements, printed endpapers. 12mo, original printed off-white wrapper, stitched. Wrapper stained and worn (but complete), text foxed and stained with light water damage. Very good.

    Howes C251. Rader 642. Number 18 of Putnam’s Semi-Monthly Library for Travellers and the Fireside.     $185

 

866. CAZNEAU, Jane Maria Eliza McManus (pseud. of Cora Montgomery). Eagle Pass; or, Life on the Border. New York: George P. Putnam, 1852. 188 pp. 8vo, original blue embossed cloth with spine decorated in gilt. Spine and corners rubbed and bumped, endpapers and text browned, title page loose, else good.

    Howes C251. Rader 642. Part of Putnam’s Popular Library. Bound with Joseph W. Fabens’ A Story of Life on the Isthmus.     $100

 

867. CAZNEAU, Jane Maria Eliza McManus (pseud. of Cora Montgomery). Eagle Pass; or, Life on the Border. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1966. [10] 194 pp., endpaper maps. 12mo, original teal cloth with gilt-lettered spine and upper cover. Slight bump to foot of spine, else very fine in lightly rubbed green pictorial d.j.

    Reprint edition. TC 1264.     $50

 

868. [EAGLE PASS, TEXAS]. An eclectic collection of documents, photographs, and printed materials related to Eagle Pass. A highlight of the collection is a voluminous file of late-nineteenth-century business papers of L. de Bona, an Eagle Pass merchant. Included is an extensive file of photographs assembled over years of scouting and research by Ben Pingenot. Printed materials on the history, architecture, military presence in Eagle Pass, and area development round out the collection.

Examples of materials in the collection include:

DE BONA, L. (Eagle Pass Merchant). Approximately 500 business letters, invoices, and other business papers addressed to L. De Bona at Eagle Pass. Dates range from 1889 to 1895, but virtually all are from 1889. The correspondence embraces the usual business concerns—orders, receipt and non-receipt of goods, payment and non-payment of invoices, threats of legal action, etc. A voluminous record of a year’s business in Eagle Pass. De Bona dealt in foodstuffs, tobacco, coffee, and similar commodities. Correspondents are mostly from Texas and nearby Mexico, but a few are from as far away as the Atlantic seaboard.

EAGLE PASS FLOOD. Portfolio of 21 photographs of the Eagle Pass flood of June 1954, when the normally knee deep Rio Grande rose past the 45 foot mark. The pictures range from small snapshots to large format professional photographs. A few are stamped on the reverse “Rojas, Eagle Pass, Texas.”

EAGLE PASS VIEWS. A gathering of almost 100 postcards of Eagle Pass: homes, street views, business, office, and bank buildings, schools, an Armistice Day Parade float, International Bridge, Post Office and Custom House, “Mexican Generals” [Pancho Villa and companions], Mexican side of the border, U.S. Army troops and encampments, etc. Mostly black-and-white, a few hand-colored, and some early printed color. The cards are largely unused, used cards bear postmarks from the first three decades of the twentieth century. The group includes a fan-fold card “Views of National Guard on the Rio Grande” with 18 photographs (dated 1917) and a “Souvenir Folder of Eagle Pass” with 10 photographs.

EAGLE PASS BUSINESS DISTRICT PLAN. SOUTH/WEST PLANNING ASSOCIATES. Eagle Pass Comprehensive Plan: Central Business District Plan. Bryan, Texas, 1972. [8] 19 pp., plans (some folding), charts, tables. 4to, beige pictorial wrappers, spiral bound. A comprehensive plan for the Eagle Pass business district to carry the city forward to 1991.

MAVERICK COUNTY IRRIGATION PROJECT. Four folders containing over 300 photographs of large-scale engineering project in the early 1930s. All photos are 4”x6” and subjects include equipment, landscapes, and personnel. An unusual look at the project that brought the Quemado Valley land under extensive cultivation for the first time.

SELLERS, Rosella R. The History of Fort Duncan, Eagle Pass, Texas. El Paso, 1960. 134 leaves. 4to., orange wrappers. Master’s thesis presented to the Graduate Council of Sul Ross College.

FICTION. DODGE, Louis. Children of the Desert. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1917. [8] 312 pp. 8vo, original green cloth stamped in gilt. Good.

FICTION. STANDISH, Hal. Fred Fearnot’s Quick Work! Or The Hold Up at Eagle Pass. New York: Frank Tousey, 1915. 30 [2, ads] pp. 4to, original pictorial wrappers. Remarkably fine. Published as an issue of Work and Win; an Interesting Weekly for Young America, no. 876, September 17, 1915. Frontier adventure and pulp fiction at its finest.

U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES. Wings Over America. [Baton Rouge: Army and Navy Publishing Co. of Louisiana, ca. 1943]. 100 pp., photographic illustrations and portraits. Large 4to, blue pictorial cloth embellished with the coat of arms of the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command and embossed with a resplendent American eagle. A profusely illustrated graduation “yearbook” for a large class of World War II cadets at the Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School (Single Engine) at Eagle Pass Army Air Field. Among the graduates are 36 cadets of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps.

MILITARY MENUS. Two 16mo holiday menus for U.S. Army troops stationed in Eagle Pass: (1) Machine Gun Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry. Thanksgiving Day Nineteen Hundred and Sixteen. Eagle Pass, 1916. Original beige gilt pictorial wrappers. (2) Christmas 1927. Troop “G” Fifth Cavalry. Eagle Pass, 1927. Original cream wrappers decorated with a Christmas holly border.

CALDERÓN, Roberto, R. (compiler). South Texas Coal Mining: A Community History. [Eagle Pass: Ramirez Printing, 1984]. 152 [10] pp., photographic illustrations, map. 4to, original tan pictorial wrappers. Fine. A comprehensive work on the bituminous coal industry of Maverick County.

BORDERLANDS ARCHITECTURE. Report on the Architectural Survey of Villa Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico, and Eagle Pass, Texas, United States. N.p., 1973-76. vi, 80 pp., maps, 55 plates of architectural drawings + [3] [230, architectural survey sheets] pp. 2 vols., 4to, original wrappers. Excellent study of historic borderlands architecture, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and an international cooperative effort involving the Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Texas Architectural Foundation, and the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia. Volume I has excellent architectural drawings of historic structures in the area of the study. Volume II publishes architectural survey sheets, with photographs, for the entire village of Guerrero.

Plus approximately 20 additional pamphlets and other ephemera related to the history and development of Eagle Pass.     $750

 

869. EAGLE PASS INTERNATIONAL FAIR. Premium List, First International Fair, Nov. 8-11, 1940. Eagle Pass, 1940. 104 pp., photographic and text illustrations, ads. 8vo, original tan wrappers with photographic illustration, stapled. Staples rusted, wrappers and text lightly soiled, else very good.     $25

 

870. FITCH, W.A. A Brief History of My Efforts in the Promotion of the Eagle Pass Irrigation and Power Projects [wrapper title]. N.p., n.d. 73 [1, blank] pp. 8vo, original olive printed wrappers. Wrappers sunned, pencil marks on upper cover, spine missing at tail, fore-edges discolored, else very good.     $25

 

871. MYERS, John C. Little Town Near the Rio Grande. Eagle Pass, 1965. [6] [2, blank] pp. 16mo, original blue printed wrappers, stapled. Wrappers sunned and scuffed, else fine.     $20

 

872. PINGENOT, Ben E. Historical Highlights of Eagle Pass and Maverick County. Eagle Pass: Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce, 1971. [2] 21 [5] pp., photographic illustrations. 4to, original yellow printed wrappers, stapled. Small spot on bottom wrapper, wrapper sunned, else fine. Signed by author.

    First edition. TC 1256. TLH, p. 54.     $45

 

873. SUMPTER, Jesse. Paso del Águila: A Chronicle of Frontier Days on the Texas Border as Recorded in the Memoirs of Jesse Sumpter. Austin: Encino Press, 1969. xxv [1, blank], 152 [2] pp., photographic illustrations, endpaper maps. 8vo, half brown cloth over mustard pictorial boards, printed paper spine label. Corners bumped, binding rubbed, fore-edges lightly foxed, else fine. Signed by editor Ben Pingenot.

    First edition. Sumpter, an Eagle Pass rancher, was appointed customs inspector for the Confederacy and later became Maverick County’s first sheriff. Edited by Ben Pingenot.     $70

 

McCulloch County

874. GRAVES, William L. & Wayne Spiller. First Christian Church of Brady, Texas: A Brief History, 1882-1982 [wrapper title]. New Brady, n.d. (ca. 1983). [3] 36 [1, blank] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original printed cream wrappers. Wrappers smudged, fore-edges browned, else fine. Signed by Wayne Spiller.     $20

 

875. [MAP]. TEXAS. GENERAL LAND OFFICE. McCulloch Co. [upper left] I, W.C. Walsh, Commissioner of the General Land Office do hereby certify that this Map of McCulloch County is a true and correct copy of the Original Map now in use in this Office compiled from official data. [facsimile signature] W.C. Walsh Commissioner [upper right] Copyright 1879, W.C. Walsh Commissioner of the General Land Office of the State of Texas [lower right] Lithographed by August Gast & Cos New Process, St. Louis. St. Louis: Gast, 1879. Uncolored lithograph map mounted on poster board, overall sheet size: 62 x 45.2 cm. Tape stains to right margin, some affecting map image, stains to map sheet from adhesive used to mount sheet to poster board, small water stain to bottom blank margin, annotations to map in ink and red pencil.     $375

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