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251. [PHOTOGRAPHY]. ECKERSKORN, J. 7. Gross
Logen Sitzung O. D. H. S. April 27-28, 1896, San Antonio,
Texas. Photograph measuring 28 x 42.6 cm (11 x 16-3/4
inches) tipped onto paper over cardboard sheet printed at
the bottom. Appears to be missing a portion of the right
side of photograph, browned, a few stains and chips to
image, board cracked at lower right corner, overall very
Photograph of a group of men wearing hats and sashes of a fraternal organization. Middle of front row one man holds a framed portrait by his knee. Three men pose in a second-story window in the building behind the group.
252. [PHOTOGRAPHY. THE WEST]. Album with 126
photographs, photographer unknown, with scenes ranging from
California to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska,
Illinois, Ohio, and New York. Ca. 1890. Oblong 8vo,
original full pebbled black calf. Images measure from 13.6
x 18.2 cm (5-3/8 x 7-1/8 inches) to a circular 7.5 x 7.5 cm
(2-7/8 x 2-7/8 inches), but mostly 8.4 x 8.4 cm (3-1/4 x
3-1/4 inches), each identified in ink below, some of the
photographs cut into shapes (leaf, spade, heart, diamond).
Album worn, front joint split, photographs generally very
The photographs include: the National Hotel, Peoria, Illinois, during the Republican State Convention, 1901; Yosemite; Riverside, California; oil derricks in Los Angeles outskirts; the San Pedro harbor; redwood forest in California; San Francisco; San Diego; Denver; the 1898 Transmississippi Exposition at Omaha, Nebraska; Grand Canyon; the Buffalo Exposition in Buffalo, New York; Niagara Falls; General Grant's tomb; etc.
"THE FIRST PUBLISHED ACCOUNT OF A JOURNEY IN MODERN TIMES ACROSS THE TEXAS PANHANDLE"STREETER
253. PIKE, Albert. Prose Sketches and Poems,
Written in the Western Country. Boston: Light &
Horton, 1834. viii, 200 pp. 12mo, late-nineteenth-century
three-quarter brown morocco over green and brown marbled
boards, spine gilt-lettered and with raised bands. Minor
edge wear. Light ex-library with embossure and pale ink
stamp on title, a few foxmarks.
First edition. BAL 16031n. Field 1219. Graff 3285. Plains & Rockies IV:50n: "Pike was one of the first Anglo-American authors to use the Southwest as a setting for his writings." Rittenhouse 466. Streeter 1150n: "This seems to be the first published account of a journey in modern times across the Texas Panhandle. It is an unusual book by an unusual man, who besides hunting for furs on the Plains, wrote poetry and was later a leading lawyer of the Southwest." This work is cited in Streeter's introduction to his Texas bibliography as being "especially desirable for a Texas collection." Tate, The Indians of Texas 2182: "Pike traveled through Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas, and the Texas Panhandle during the early 1830s on his way to and from Santa Fe, and he described the Comanche and Kiowa villages, leading men, and life-ways in considerable detail." Vandale 132.
254. PINKERTON'S NATIONAL DETECTIVE AGENCY.
History and Evidence of the Passage of Abraham
Lincoln.... N.p., ca. 1892. 20 pp. 8vo, contemporary
maroon gilt-lettered calf. Spine lightly worn, text lightly
browned, else fine, with presentation slip tipped onto
preliminary leaf, "Compliments of Robt. A. Pinkerton, Wm.
A. Pinkerton." Printed army orders laid in: "Headquarters,
Army of the Potomac, April 16th, 1865, General Orders, No.
15" from "Geo. G. Meade, Major General Commanding" (1 p.,
12mo. Chipped at upper edge, two holes in left margin,
Later edition. The first edition seems to have been printed by Wade & Brand in 1868 at New York, although there is a Chicago imprint of the same year. The accompanying general order is one of the earliest printed notices of Lincoln's assassination (April 14): "An honest man, a noble patriot, and sagacious statesman has fallen! No greater loss, at this particular moment, could have befallen our country. Whilst we bow with submission to the unfathomable and inscrutable decrees of divine Providence, let us earnestly pray that God, in his infinite mercy, will so order, that this terrible calamity shall not interfere with the prosperity and happiness of our beloved country!"
AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF CLASSIC POLAR BOOKS
255. [POLAR EXPLORATION]. FRANKLIN, John.
Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea,
in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22. By John Franklin,
Captain R.N., F.R.S., and Commander of the Expedition. With
an Appendix on Various Subjects Relating to Science and
Natural History.... London: John Murray, 1823. xv 
783  pp., 31 plates (10 colored), 4 maps (all foldout, 1
colored). 4to, original three-quarter calf over marbled
boards, raised bands (rebacked, new spine, black leather
spine label, fresh endpapers). Other than occasional mild
foxing, very good.
First edition. Hill, p. 111: "This famous journey was made to the mouth of the Coppermine River, largely overland and with the aid of canoes. The coast east of the mouth was surveyed. It is one of the most terrible journeys on record, many of the party dying from cold, hunger, or murder. The distance traveled was some 5,500 miles, and Franklin's narrative at once became a classic of travel literature. The plates were engraved by Finden, from drawings by Lieuts. Hood and Back. The appendix on natural history is very important." Franklin returned to the area in 1825, and again in 1845 when he searched for, and found, the Northwest Passage. He died during that voyage on June 11, 1847.
256. [POLAR EXPLORATION]. FRANKLIN, John.
Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the
Polar Sea, in the Years 1825, 1826, and 1827, by John
Franklin, Captain R.N., F.R.S., &c. and Commander of
the Expedition. Including an Account of the Progress of a
Detachment to the Eastward.... London: John Murray,
1828. xxiv, 320, clvii  pp., 31 plates, 6 foldout maps
(1 colored). 4to, full contemporary calf, spine with raised
bands and black calf label. Some outer wear and abrading,
joints cracked, otherwise fine, the plates and maps
First edition. Hill, p. 111: "Franklin's second overland expedition made its departure from Fort Franklin on the Great Bear Lake. He traced the North American coast from the Mackenzie River to longitude 149˚ 37' W., while John Richardson's party explored the coast between the mouths of the Mackenzie and the Coppermine. The two expeditions together added 1,200 miles of coast line to the knowledge of the American Continent. The views of Arctic scenery are of extreme beauty." Franklin and Back set out westward for Kotzebue Sound, where the expedition under Capt. Beechey was to meet them. They penetrated as far as Beechey Point, where Franklin thought best to turn back, not knowing that one of Beechey's vessels had reached Point Barrow, only about a hundred miles away.
257. [POLAR EXPLORATION]. KANE, Elisha Kent.
Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in
Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55.
Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson. 1856. 464  + 467
 pp., plates, maps. 2 vols., 8vo, original brown cloth.
Worn, especially at spinal extremities, hinges loose, mild
to moderate foxing.
First edition. Arctic Bibliography 8373. Hill, p. 159: "Kane, on board the Advance, was commander of this expedition, which was also financed by Henry Grinnell. Franklin was not found; however, much data concerning the Eskimo, geography, and scientific information was gathered. Kane, passing up Smith Sound at the head of Baffin Bay, advanced into the enclosed sea which now bears the name of Kane Basin, thus establishing the Polar route of many future Arctic expeditions. Here the expedition passed two winters, and attained what was to remain for sixteen years the highest reached northern latitude, 80° 35' N." Sabin 37007.
258. [POLAR EXPLORATON]. PARRY, William Edward.
Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West
Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed in the
Years 1819-20, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and
Griper.... London: John Murray, 1821.  xxix  310
 clxxix pp., 14 illustrations, 6 maps (3 foldout). 4to,
new green calf over new cloth. Light age-toning and very
mild foxing, overall very good.
First edition. Hill, p. 225. This copy does not contain "A supplement to the Appendix, containing an account of the subjects of natural history, published in London, 1824," which is frequently mentioned in association with this book. The supplement was not ready when the book went to print. In August of 1820, Parry reached 113° 46' 43.5" which is "the westernmost point to which the navigation of the Polar Sea to the northward of the American continent has yet been carried" (Parry, p. 251).
259. [POLAR EXPLORATION]. PARRY, William Edward.
Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a
North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific;
Performed in the Years 1821-22-23, in His Majesty's Ships
Fury and Hecla.... London: John Murray, 1824.  xxx
 571  pp., 30 plates, 9 maps (4 foldout). 4to, new
green calf over new cloth. Light age-toning and very mild
foxing, overall very good.
First edition. Hill, p. 226: "Parry sailed on another arctic expedition in May, 1821, and was twice frozen in for several months, but made many explorations and discoveries by sea and land.... This work deals with the characteristics of the Eskimos and is a treatise on aboriginal life as well as a narrative of scientific discoveries."
260. [POLAR EXPLORATION]. PARRY, William Edward.
Journal of a Third Voyage for the Discovery of a
North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific;
Performed in the Years 1824-25, in His Majesty's Ships
Hecla and Fury.... London: John Murray, 1826. xvii 
186  151  pp., 7 plates (1 foldout), 4 maps (1
foldout), 3 text illustrations. 4to, new brown calf over
marbled boards. New endpapers. Moderate to heavy foxing to
First edition. Arctic Bibliography 13144. Hill, p. 226: "The Appendix contains a record of the scientific observations, and material upon the natural history of the Arctic regions." Sabin 58867.
261. [POLAR EXPLORATION]. ROSS, James Clark. A
Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and
Antarctic Regions, during the Years 1839-43. London:
John Murray, 1847.  lii  366 + v-viii, 448, 16 (ads)
pp., 5 plates (1 foldout), 6 maps (3 folding), 7 text
illustrations. 2 vols., 8vo, later three-quarter calf.
Title and frontispiece detached, one plate loose. Mild
age-toning, else fine. Contemporary ownership
This famous expedition circumnavigated Antarctica, discovered the Ross Sea, Victoria Land, Erebus, and Terror Gulf, and attempted to penetrate the Weddell Sea.
262. [POLAR EXPLORATION]. ROSS, John. A Voyage
of Discovery, Made under the Orders of the Admiralty, in
His Majesty's Ships Isabella and Alexander, for the Purpose
of Exploring Baffin's Bay, and Inquiring in the Probability
of a North-West Passage. London: John Murray,
Albermarle-Street, 1819.  xxxix  252  viii 
cxxxvi  cxliv pp., 28 lithographed plates (14 colored, 9
foldout), 3 foldout maps, errata sheet tipped in before p.
1. 4to, later three-quarter navy blue calf over marbled
boards. Slight shelf wear, internally fine.
First edition. Abbey, p. 572. Sabin 73376. A famous, even notorious voyage, led by Capt. John Ross, with explorers of future fame as his lieutenants including Parry, James Clark Ross, and Sabine. Upon reaching Lancaster Sound on August 30, 1818, John Ross refused to sail westward, insisting that a chain of mountains (the mythical 'Croker mountains') barred further progress, despite the disbelief of his colleagues. On returning to England in November, a controversy arose, which called Ross's courage into question and opened a life-long quarrel between him and Sir John Barrow, secretary of the Admiralty.
263. [POLAR EXPLORATION]. ROSS, John. Narrative
of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West passage, and
of a Residence in the Arctic Regions, during the Years
1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833. London: A. W. Webster,
156 Regent Street, 1835.  xxxiv, 740 pp., 25 plates (2
monochrome, 23 colored), 5 maps (1 colored). 4to,
contemporary three-quarter black calf over pebbled black
cloth. Slight foxing and mild offsetting, else fine.
First edition. Hill, p. 261. As a result of the failure of his voyage in 1818, the Admiralty refused to support John Ross in a second expedition. It was not until 1829 that the assistance of Felix Booth, the sheriff of London, enabled him to set out in the small paddle-steamer Victory, with his nephew James Clark Ross as second-in-command. The expedition survived four winters beset in the Arctic, during which James Clark Ross discovered the northern magnetic pole on May 31, 1831. John Ross was knighted on the expedition's return.
"THE EARLIEST EXAMPLE KNOWN TO ME OF ENGRAVING DONE IN TEXAS"STREETER
264. [PORTLAND, TEXAS]. LOWE, J. (engraver).
Ornately engraved township stock certificate with
allegorical figures, completed in manuscript, commencing:
$[200.00] No.  Capital Stock Two
Thousand Acres of Land & City Lots. City of Portland
Matagorda Co. Republic of Texas. This Certificate for
 Dollars will be received at par in payment for
lots in the above named City of Portland [29 April]
1841. Galveston: J. Lowe, 1841. Oblong 12mo. Very fine,
signed by Nicholas Clopper, notable Texas pioneer and
entrepreneur, an official of the company.
Streeter 450 (locating only his own copy, now at Yale): "This certificate, which is engraved and not printed, is the earliest example known to me of engraving done in Texas. I know of no other for the period of the bibliography.... This certificate represents an interesting scheme promoted by Nicholas Clopper...for establishing a new town on the Colorado River at the head of the raft. The plan was to connect the new town by a railroad with tidewater on Wilson's Creek, about three miles to the south, 'and thence by steam-boats or other craft to Port Austin and Palacios'...the chances are that the project was not carried out." Medlar (Portland), p. 152.
265. [RAILROADS]. [BRAZOS AND GALVESTON RAILROAD].
Article entitled "An Act to Incorporate the Brazos and
Galveston Rail Road Company" in Telegraph and Texas
Register, Supplement to no. 135, May 1838. 4 pp.,
double folio. Left margin a bit rough where disbound, else
a fine copy. Preserved in a half green morocco folding
The Act established the Brazos and Galveston Rail Road Company, one of the earliest railroad ventures west of the Mississippi. This item is important not only for transportation history and railroads in Texas but also for the history of Texas printing. Issues of this historic newspaper, printed by Borden & Moore, are exceedingly rare and sought after.
266. [RAILROADS]. GALVESTON, HOUSTON AND HENDERSON
RAILROAD COMPANY. Nine bonds, comprised of three forms of
three engraved bonds with coupons. Completed in manuscript.
ca. 1865. Fine.
267. [RAILROADS]. GALVESTON & RED RIVER
RAILWAY COMPANY. To the Honorable Legislature of the
State of Texas.... [Galveston or Austin?, 1850?]. 2
pp., folio. A few contemporary ink corrections. Fine.
Report to the Texas legislature on the practicability of constructing the Galveston & Red River Railway, with estimated of cost of construction, maintenance, and usage. Because of the corrections, this would appear to be a printer's proof copy, similar to Winkler 130.
268. [RAILROADS]. Lot of 2 items:
(1) GALVESTON AND RED RIVER RAILWAY COMPANY. Printed promissory note to P. Bremond as president of the Galveston and Red River Railway Co., completed in manuscript in the amount of $333.33, dated at Burleson County, September 2, 1856, and signed by Jno. Cockrell. Vignette of steam locomotive at left. Fine. This same year, Bremond changed the name of the railroad to the Houston and Texas Central Railway.
(2) WASHINGTON COUNTY RAIL ROAD COMPANY. Manuscript account for construction charges from November 1858 to February 1859. 2 pp., 4to, on lined paper. Fine. The document distinguishes White hands, who received $3 per day, and Black hands, who received $2. The Washington County Rail Road was formed in 1856 to connect Brenham to the Galveston and Red River Railway at Hempstead. It was sold to the Houston and Texas Central Railway in 1869.
(Lot of 2 items)
RARE EYE-WITNESS REPORT ON TEXAS IN 1812
269. RAMOS ARÍZPE, [José] Miguel.
Memoria...presénta á el augusto congreso,
sobre el estado natural, político, y cívil de
su dicha provincia [Coahuila], y las del Nuevo Reyno de
Leon, Nuevo Santander, y los Texas.... Cádiz:
Guerrero, 1812. 60 pp. 8vo, contemporary paper wrappers.
Very fine. Preserved in a half navy blue morocco slipcase.
First edition. Howes R26. Palau 247779. Raines, p. 107n. Sabin 67670. Streeter 1050 (locating only four copies): "Short but excellent account of the four Internal Provinces of the East as observed by Ramos Arízpe before he left his home at Saltillo in 1810 to attend the Spanish Cortes as a delegate. The work has notes on the various towns, and discusses such subjects as 'Character of the People,' 'Public Education,' 'Breeding of Cattle,' 'Commerce,' and 'Defects of the System of Government.' At this time Texas suffered under what Bancroft (II,79) calls 'a grievous and despotic system of government,' so this 'purest of patriots' urges upon Spain many essential and well-considered reforms. As a reward for his enthusiastic, public-spirited zeal, Ramos Arízpe was promptly flung into prison. It was an 'Old Spanish custom.'"
This excellent eye-witness account of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Nuevo Santander, and Texas was prepared by Arízpe after his election as a deputy of the Spanish Cortes in 1810. Arízpe had become an active spokesman for American interests in Mexico, and in this Memoria addressed to the King he advocates sweeping reforms of the Spanish system. Arízpe presents a glowing account of Texas, which he describes as "este delicioso pais." Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
270. RAMOS ARIZPE, [José] Miguel.
Memorial on the Natural, Political, and Civil State of
the Province of Coahuila.... Philadelphia: John Melish,
1814. 47 pp. Title-page soiled and lacking blank portion at
lower and right margins (no loss of text). Text with some
staining and heavy foxing.
First American edition of preceding (the present Philadelphia imprint is more rare). Howes R26. Palau 247779n. Raines, p. 170. Sabin 67671. Streeter 1050B (locating 10 copies, only one in Texas, imperfect): "Excellent account of the four Internal Provinces of the East as observed by Ramos Arizpe...addressed to the King [describing] the government [with] brief notes on their important towns." This important imprint constitutes one of the few extant reports on Texas at the end of the Spanish era.
271. [RANCHING]. Catalogue of Imported and
Home-Bred Hereford and Aberdeen-Angus Cattle, the Property
of the Indiana Blooded Stock Company, Indianapolis, Ind. To
Be Sold at Dexter Park, Chicago, Thursday, April 3, 1884.
Chicago, National Live-Stock Journal Print, .
-18 pp., 2 steel engraved plates. 8vo, original printed
wrappers. Light stain on back wrapper, penciled notes in
text, else very fine.
First edition. This catalogue for public sale announces, "Here is combined the blood of such noted sires as Sir Benjamin..., Sir Thomas..., Monaughty..., Sovereign..., Assurance...,The Grove 3d...and very largely in nearly all the offerings predominates the blood of the renowned Horace...who was the progenitor of more prize animals than any bull living or dead." Not in Adams, Herd.
272. [RANCHING]. Lot of 4 items, including:
(1) AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL COLLEGE. Feeding Experiment. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. Bulletin No. 6, June 1889. Houston: J. J. Pastoriza, 1889. 39 pp. 8vo, integral printed wrappers. Describes weight gain experiments on cattle.
(2) MASTERSON, R[obert] B[enjamin]. Autograph
letter, signed, dated at Fort Worth, May 1, 1899, to R. M.
Thomson in Austin, Texas. 1 p., 4to, on faintly ruled
paper. Creased where folded with a few small holes,
Masterson, having just returned from his Wheeler County ranch acknowledges payment of three notes and says he is returning Thomson's collateral. Robert Benjamin (Ben) Masterson entered the cattle business in Williamson County. About 1887, he moved his operation to Wheeler County, and in 1898 he adopted his famous JY brand and owned property amounting to 155,000 acres.
(3) WYNN, W. L. Autograph letter, signed, dated at Houston, June 11, 1855, to J. H. Stevens. 1 p., 8vo, from a larger sheet of ruled paper. Age-toning, pin holes at top where attached to another sheet. Wynn asks for $200 to be sent "as I am to start out West with my stock next Thursday."
Plus 1 other.
(Lot of 4 items)
273. RANDOLPH, Cyrus H. To the Voters of Texas.
Fellow Citizens: Two years ago I had the honor of being
elected to the Office of State Treasurer, by the almost
unanimous vote of the people of Texas.... [At end]:
Austin, July 21, 1860. Large folio broadside. Light uniform
browning and a few small holes and voids (not affecting
First printing. Winkler 1371 (1 location): "Asks for a second term as State Treasurer." Randolph urges that he be reelected as state treasurer, stating his qualifications and political beliefs, adding: "As no special charges of mismanagement or dereliction of duty have been made against me up to this time I trust at this late date there will be none. If there should be, however, I hope you will do me the justice to regard them as the production of political hucksters." Randolph (1817-89), legislator, government official, and member of the Snively expedition, came to Texas in 1838 and settled in Houston County. He was an attorney but seldom practiced his profession. He was chief justice of Houston County in 1844-45, sheriff in 1847, represented Houston County in the fifth and sixth legislatures, and was state treasurer 1858-65. The community of Randolph, in Houston County, was named for him.
274. RAYMER, Robert George. Montana: The Land
and the People. Chicago and New York: Lewis Publishing
Company, 1930. xlvi, 634 + 842 + 863 pp., frontispiece
portrait, plates (mostly portraits), photographs. 3 vols.,
large 8vo, original blue buckram, marbled endpapers and
edges. Fine. Ownership inscriptions on title pages by J. D.
Mackenzie, one of the biographical subjects in vol. 2.
First edition. Adams, Guns 1826: "In chapter IX, 'How Law Came to Montana,' the author has written a great deal about road agents and the vigilantes"; Herd 1866: "Volume I has chapters on the open-range cattle days; volumes II and III, biographical." The previous owner of this set, John D. Mackenzie, as manager of the American Smelting & Refining Company at East Helena, was "a prominent figure in connection with the mining industry of Montana" (vol. II, p. 82). Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
THE CHOICE JOSEY COPY OF REID'S TRAMP
275. REID, John Coleman. Reid's Tramp; or, A
Journal of the Incidents of Ten Month's Travel through
Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Sonora, and California....
Selma: John Hardy & Co., 1858. 237 pp. 8vo,
original plum cloth, covers blind embossed, spine gilt.
Other than slight fading of cloth and light marginal
staining to latter signatures, a very fine, tight
copy-actually, the best copy we have seen of this rare
overland. Contemporary ink inscription on front free
endpaper. Bookplate of Dorothy and Clint Josey on front
pastedown. Preserved in a half speckled calf slipcase.
First edition of one of the genuine classics relating to the Southwest. Alabama Imprints 1091. Bauer Sale 406. Cowan, p. 528. Eberstadt, Texas 162:677: "Very scarce in original binding, and extremely important." Fifty Texas Rarities 39 (locates four copies). Graff 3450. Howes R172 ("d"). Huntington Exhibit 740: "Excessively rare. Probably no subsequent overland, and only one or two of earlier date, can in any way compare with it in point of actual rarity." Plains & Rockies IV:307. Rader 2776. Raines, p. 172. Streeter Sale I:176: "One of the great Southwest rarities." Vandale 140.
According to Eberstadt, only a few copies were saved from destruction during the holocaust in and about Selma during the Civil War. The author was first lieutenant of Crabb's filibustering expedition, which resulted in the massacre of all but a few of the original participants; many facts of this and other little-known events of Arizona history are here brought to light. The party left Marion, Alabama, in September 1857 for the Gadsden Purchase where they intended to choose homesteads. Going by boat from New Orleans to Galveston and Indianola, they then traveled across Texas, arriving at Fort Bliss on November 15th. On February 8, 1858, at Rancho de las Calabassa, the famous massacre and defeat occurred, and the few surviving members of the party made their way to the Tucson Valley, afterwards visiting the Pima and Maricopa villages, Gila, and Fort Yuma. The journey ended in San Francisco, passing through San Diego, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, and Monterey along the way. Reid returned to New Orleans via the Panama route. The book is more than a travel journal, for Reid includes historical details of the sites visited and his descriptions of the natives and countryside are vivid.
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