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Auction 11, Cartography

Items 276-300

276. REID, Mayne [Thomas]. The Headless Horseman: A Strange Tale of Texas. London: Chapman & Hall and Richard Bentley, [1866]. iv, 240 + iv, 241-470 pp., 20 engraved plates. 2 vols., 8vo, original red embossed cloth with gilt illustration of headless horseman on upper cover (rebacked, original pictorial spines laid down). A decidedly scruffy copy, bindings worn and stained and with a few old repairs.
        First book edition. In 1866 the novel came out in twenty parts, followed by a two-volume issue; Chapman & Hall published the first volume and Richard Bentley the second. Agatha, p. 81: "[Reid's] books...were widely read and important in forming the concept of the Southwest in the East and in Europe." Graff 3453n. Johannsen 205-Sjn: "Mystery and mustangers in Texas; regulators, Comanches, Mexicans, an Irishman and a negro; proceedings in a Texas court." Sadleir 2023n (with a long note on the complex publishing history). The Irish author (1818-83) fought in the Mexican-American War and was promoted for bravery in storming the Chapultepec fortress. This work, based on a Southwest Texas legend, is generally considered the author's best work. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Mayne Thomas Reid).

(2 vols.)


277. REVILLAGIGEDO (El Conde). Instrucción reservada que el Conde De Revilla Gigedo, Dio a su succesor en el mando, Marqués de Branciforte sobre el Gobierno de este continente en el tiempo que fue su Virey. Mexico: Agustin Guiol, 1831. [14] 353 [1, blank] pp., portrait. 8vo, modern half blue morocco over blue cloth. Very fine. Small blue California State Library ink stamp on verso of title page.
        First edition, printed from a previously unpublished manuscript written in 1794. Palau 263470. Raines, p. 93: "This Confidential Instruction of Count Gigedo to his successor in office, Marquis de Branciforte, abounds with details of administration [and] contains 1422 official documents." Sabin 70288: "Of great importance in connection with the government of Mexico under Spanish domination." A basic source on the colonial administration of the Spanish Southwest, containing secret instructions and information not printed elsewhere. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.


278. RICHTHOFEN, Walter Baron von. Cattle-Raising on the Plains of North America. New York: Appleton, 1885. 102 [6, ads] pp. 12mo, original green cloth. Very fine.
        First edition. Adams, Herd 1892: "A scarce little book dealing with the business side of cattle raising, giving tables of profits to be made. This, with several other books of its kind, helped to create the cattle boom of the eighties." Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 13. Graff 3499. Howes R273: "The Baron was a leading cattleman of Colorado and father of Germany's famous flyer." Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 23. Reese, Six Score 90.


279. RICKARDS, Constantine George. The Ruins of Mexico. Volume 1. London: Shrimpton, 1910. vii [1, blank] 153 [1, blank] viii pp., frontispiece, plus 87 pp. of tipped-in photographic illustrations. Folio, original blind-stamped, gilt-decorated tan cloth. Moderately foxed, else fine.
        First edition. This book consists of documentary photographs taken in the years 1909 and 1910, depicting ruins at many sites in the states of Yucatán, Tabasco, Oaxaca, and Puebla, including at Palenque in Chiapas. The author states: "In a few years' time many of these ruins will have disappeared, as on the one hand the buildings are crumbling down, and on the other many of the interesting sculptured stones are being taken to the Museum in the city of Mexico."


280. ROBERTSON, William. The History of America.... London: Strahan, Cadell, & Balfour, 1777. xvii [7] 488 + [4] 535 [1, blank] [19, index] [1, errata] pp., folding engraved plate of a page from Codex Vienna. 4to, full contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with raised bands and black and red calf gilt labels. Binding somewhat worn and abraded, joints cracked but strong, text crisp and clean, overall a very good copy, with the half-titles (often lacking). Engraved armorial bookplate of Edward Columbine.
        First edition. JCB 3:2:2418. Glass, p. 688. Griffin 517: "A historical classic, the first successful attempt to write a scholarly history of the Western Hemisphere." Hill, p. 254: "Four maps were intended for the books, but [they] were not finished in time." Howes R358. Larned 403: "One of the best accounts available in English of the Spanish Colonial administration and commercial system." Palau 270979. Sabin 71793. Wilgus, pp. 213-5: "Both classic and scholarly and the first complete history of the Western Hemisphere. Some historians have considered Robertson equal or superior to Hume and Gibbon." Robertson's work contains references to California, and at the end of vol. 2, the author lists 224 books and manuscripts which he used in the preparation of his work. This list constitutes one of the earliest attempts at an American bibliography. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.


281. ROGERS, Woodes. A Cruising Voyage round the World: First to the South-Sea, Thence to the East-Indies and Homewards by the Cape of Good Hope.... London: Printed for Andrew Bell at the Cross-Keys and Bible in Cornhil, and Bernard Lintot at the Cross-Keys between the Temple-Gates, Fleetstreet, 1718. xix [1, blank] 428, 57 [7] pp., 5 folding maps (engraved by John Senex). 8vo, later full calf, gilt spine with raised bands. Expert silking of the first folding map, overall a clean, tight copy with unusually well-preserved maps.
        Second edition, corrected. JCB V:238. Cowan, p. 540. Hill, p. 258: "A buccaneering classic." Howes R421 (points out that Captain Edward Cook also contributed to this account). Wagner, Spanish Southwest 78. The expedition cruised off the coast of Peru, reached California in 1709, and then crossed the Pacific to Asia. It was this voyage that Defoe drew upon for Robinson Crusoe. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.


282. [ROOSEVELT, THEODORE]. Collection of 26 autograph letters, signed; 4 typed letters, signed; 2 postcards, signed; and 13 ephemera from family members, friends, and officials related to Theodore Roosevelt to the Roosevelts' close friends Captain and Mrs. Seth Bullock of South Dakota, and others, dated from 1901 to 1920. Preserved in 4to album, most with red library stamp, else fine to very fine.
        With the assassination of President William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, not quite forty-three, became the youngest president in the nation's history on September 14, 1901, and served until March 3, 1909. As a young man, Roosevelt's own ill health filled him with determination to thrive through strenuous outdoor activity, for which he became an advocate. Because of personal tragedies in his family, Roosevelt left New York to overcome his grief on his ranch in the Badlands of Dakota Territory. Many of the letters in this collection relate to his ties to the West, Dakota Territory, and Seth Bullock (who plays a prominent role in these letters).
        On his Dakota ranch, Roosevelt lived on horseback, herding cattle, hunting, and chasing outlaws. In his autobiography (Theodore Roosevelt [1858-1919]. An Autobiography, 1913), he wrote: "It was while with Bill Jones that I first made acquaintance with Seth Bullock. Seth was at that time sheriff in the Black Hills district, and a man he had wanted-a horse thief-I finally got, I being at the time deputy sheriff two or three hundred miles to the north.... Seth received us with rather distant courtesy at first, but unbent when he found out who we were, remarking, 'You see, by your looks I thought you were some kind of a tin-horn gambling outfit, and that I might have to keep an eye on you!'... Later Seth Bullock became, and has ever since remained, one of my stanchest and most valued friends. He served as Marshal for South Dakota under me as President. When, after the close of my term, I went to Africa, on getting back to Europe I cabled Seth Bullock to bring over Mrs. Bullock and meet me in London, which he did; by that time I felt that I just had to meet my own people, who spoke my neighborhood dialect."
Seth Bullock was born in Canada in 1847, the son of a British officer. At the age of eighteen, he left home for the Montana Territory. He became involved in politics and at age twenty was elected sheriff of Lewis and Clark County. In 1870, he joined the expedition to Yellowstone, and as a member of the Montana Territorial Senate he wrote the resolution that eventually resulted in Congress establishing Yellowstone National Park. In 1876, gold was discovered in the Black Hills of Dakota Territory. In August 1876 Bullock and his business partner Sol Star moved their mercantile interests to Deadwood, a rough mining camp in need of law and order. Bullock was elected the first sheriff of Deadwood, which he civilized in short order. Between 1877 and 1897, Bullock worked the Bullock-Star Ranch in the Redwater River area that is now Belle Fourche. They bred fine horses and cattle and farmed alfalfa (he is credited with its introduction to South Dakota). It was to this ranch that T. R. sent his sons to learn "the life of strenuous endeavor" and to be toughened up and changed from "tenderfeet" into "cowboys." They learned to love the West as much as their father did. To Roosevelt, Bullock was the prime example of a true westerner and frontiersman, and he often called him "my typical ideal American." Bullock loved the Black Hills and was a visionary for its future. In 1900, Vice-President Roosevelt backed him in becoming appointed Forest Superintendent of the Black Hills Reserve, one of the first such posts and reserves in the nation. In 1905, the year Roosevelt was elected President, Bullock left the superintendent post to again serve as the U.S. Marshal of South Dakota. To honor Roosevelt, Bullock hired fifty riding and roping cowboys to take part in the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., a big hit of the inaugural festivities.
        The Bullocks and Roosevelts remained close throughout their lives and maintained regular correspondence. They even named mountains for each other. President Roosevelt had the 6,000-foot Scruton Peak, south of Pactola, renamed "Seth Bullock Peak." When Roosevelt died suddenly in his sleep on January 6, 1919, Bullock enlisted the help of the Black Hills Pioneer Society to erect a tower monument for Roosevelt on Sheep Mountain, about four miles north of Deadwood. In July 1919, Sheep Mountain was dedicated Mt. Roosevelt. The monument was the first in the U.S. dedicated to Roosevelt. Two months later, Seth Bullock died. One of his final requests was that he be buried so high up on Deadwood's "Boot Hill" that from his grave one could gaze north and see the tower monument on Mount Roosevelt.

Items in the collection include the following (inventory upon request):

Autograph letter, signed, from Arch Roosevelt (T. R.'s son), dated at Mesa, Arizona, April 11, 1912, to Captain Seth Bullock, Deadwood, S. Dak. 4 pp., 12mo. Roosevelt had announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination against President Taft. Referring to news regarding the election, Arch writes: "Isn't that the finest news in a long time? I think we may pull it off yet. He is going to have to fight for it though.... I received all the news paper clippings. You have no idea what a different point of view they give, from the papers I have been seeing. From the Arizona Republican one would think that father was already defeated. Don't forget to save a block of your mining stock for me. I shall buy it as soon as I get enough money! $24.00 buys one hundred shares, doesn't it?"

Autograph letter, signed, from Arch Roosevelt, dated at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, N.Y., August 24, 1912, to Captain Seth Bullock, Deadwood, S. Dak. 4 pp., 16mo. Arch writes: "I am so sorry that father and I could not get out to Arizona this summer, but father took it into his head that he wanted to run for President, so there you are! We are all very excited, and of course we hope he will win and of course we have a wonderfull platform, but I am afraid that the odds are for Wilson, and we all know it. Of course you must not mention that...."

Autograph letter, signed, from Kermit Roosevelt, dated at Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 23, 1909, to Captain Seth Bullock, Deadwood, S. Dak. 8 pp., 16mo. He writes, "Father is in fine feather, and is pretty busy between getting ready for the African trip, and keeping his hand in with Congress.... Ethel is having a fine winter. She loved the porcupine quill work bag you sent her."

Autograph letter, signed, from Kermit Roosevelt to Capt. Seth Bullock, dated Jan. 1, 1910, at Kikonjais. 4 pp., tall 8vo. An exciting and partly tongue-in-cheek report on their African adventures and hunting.

Autograph letter, signed, from William Phillips, dated May 13, 1910, at the American Embassy, London, to Seth Bullock, Russell Hotel, Russell Square W. 4 pp., 8vo, on American embassy stationery, with business card and stamped and postmarked envelope. The Bullocks traveled to London to meet the Roosevelts after the African safari; this letter informs Bullock of the particulars of the Roosevelts' itinerary.

Typed letter, signed, from Arthur Lee, dated May 17, 1910, at London, to Seth Bullock, Esq., Hotel Russell, Russell Sq., London. 1 p., 4to. Arthur Hamilton Lee, 1st Viscount Lee of Fareham (1872-1947), was an English statesman, soldier, diplomat, politician, and administrator of much distinction. He writes here that Roosevelt will be staying at his house during the greater portion of his visit to England and that T. R. is particularly anxious to see the Bullocks while they are in London.

Autograph letter, signed, from Arch Roosevelt, dated at Oyster Bay, N.Y., June 11, 1911, to Captain Seth Bullock, Deadwood, S. Dak. 4 pp. He writes: "I wish that you would give me the exact situation of your mine, telling me the Range of mountains, what part of the range, and what county it is in. I was thinking that we could arrange a trip...."

Autograph letter, signed, from Kermit Roosevelt, dated at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, N.Y., January 31, 1912, to Captain Seth Bullock, Sioux Falls, S. Dak. 4 pp., 12mo. He thanks Bullock for a Christmas gift and queries: "I want to get your advice on what business I'm to go into. Just at present rubber seems more probable than anything else."

Autograph letter, signed, from Kermit Roosevelt, dated at Samarra, November 20, 1917, to Captain Seth Bullock, n.p. 4 pp., 12mo. During World War I, Kermit fought with the British army, joining as a captain, though later, when stricken with malaria, he was transferred to the American army. He writes: "I reached Mesopotamia early in September, and have seen some interesting fighting, particularly when we took Jekrit; a well-fortified position about thirty miles north of here. Just at present things are quiet...[continues with a long description of the countryside]."

Autograph letter, signed, from Ethel Roosevelt Derby (T. R.'s daughter), dated at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, N.Y., March 20, 1918, to Mrs. Seth Bullock, San Diego, California, on printed card with stamped and postmarked envelope. Ethel writes: "We were all deeply distressed of the Captain [Bullock]'s illness & do hope he is himself again."

Autograph letter, signed, from Kermit Roosevelt, dated at Military Post Office, Soldier's Mail, March 16, 1919, to Captain Seth Bullock, Deadwood, S. Dak. 4 pp., 12mo, on stationery with a black border, with stamped and postmarked envelope with black border. Theodore Roosevelt died suddenly January 6, 1919. Kermit, in mourning, writes of various plans.

Autograph letter, signed, from Kermit Roosevelt, dated at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, N.Y., July 9, 1919, to Captain Seth Bullock, Deadwood, S. Dak. 4 pp., 16mo. Kermit writes: "Just a line to tell you that I can't get a word out of you, but that I have been reading all about Mount Theodore Roosevelt, and we all of us feel that is a wonderful idea of yours; and care so much for the inscriptions...."

Autograph letter, signed, from Kermit Roosevelt, dated at New York, N.Y., July 26, 1919, to Captain Seth Bullock, Deadwood, S. Dak. 4 pp. Kermit writes: "It was fine to hear from you.... Mount Theodore Roosevelt was surely a splendid thing to think of and do. I have read a great many accounts of it.... We're counting on you to come East soon." Bullock died in September 1919.

Autograph letter, signed, from Kermit Roosevelt, dated at New York, N.Y., Hudson Terminal, Aug. 3, 1920, to Mrs. Seth Bullock, Deadwood, S. Dak. 4 pp., 16mo. Kermit writes: "I am enclosing the galley proofs of a short article I wrote about the Captain. It will come out in a book in November.... There are several other articles, and the book closes with the article about the Captain. I hope you will like it. I wanted very much to write something about him, and all the good times we used to have."

Typed letter, signed, from James Rudolph Garfield, Secretary, dated July 16, 1908, at Pocatello, Idaho, to Hon. Seth Bullock, Deadwood, S. Dak. 4 pp., 12mo. Secretary of the Interior Garfield informs Bullock that he expects to be in Deadwood on the 23rd to visit the Belle Fourche Project and hopes to see Bullock at that time.


283. RUSK, Thomas J. Manuscript appointment, signed, appointing Thomas W. Ward commissioner of the General Land Office, August 29, 1845. 1 p., folio. Co-signed by Secretary of State James Raymond. Ward's docketing notes on verso. Fine.
        Thomas J. Rusk served in the following capacities for the Republic of Texas: secretary of treasury and state under David G. Burnet; secretary of war under Sam Houston; secretary of state under Mirabeau B. Lamar; minister to Mexico to pursue recognition of Texas independence; and minister to the U.S. from the Republic of Texas. He also accompanied Santa Anna to Washington D.C. after the Battle of San Jacinto. After annexation of Texas, he was one of the two first representatives of Texas in Washington.


284. RUXTON, George F[rederick Augustus]. Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky Mountains. London: John Murray, 1847. [2] viii, 332 [16] pp. 12mo, later three-quarter brown leather over marbled boards, red leather spine label. Slight shelf wear and lacking half-title.
        First English edition. Alliot, p. 180. Field 1336. Graff 3620. Howes R553. Plains & Rockies IV:139:1. Raines, p. 180. Rittenhouse 499: "Recognized as one of the great...writers on the Mountain Men in the 1840s." Saunders 3137. "Ruxton...crowded a great deal of adventure and literary achievement into his twenty-seven years. His name is...highly regarded by western scholars because he kept diaries and notebooks rich in authentic detail.... He captured the character and vernacular of the mountain men and traders better than anyone else has done. No novelist could presume to achieve verisimilitude in portraying fictional mountain men without drawing upon Ruxton" (WLA, Literary History of the West, p. 90).


285. [SAN ANTONIO]. Lot of 13 ephemera:

(1) Holographic estimated bill for B. Eager, signed by "Campbell," totaling $7,163.82 as "an estimate for the kind of house you spoke of 22 x 80 ft." August 1, 1867. 1 p., small 4to, on lined blue laid paper. Creased where folded, a few stains, else very good.

(2) CASTROVILLE ANTIQUE SHOW. Printed postcard advertising antique show to be held September 26 & 27, 1897. Verso return address "Bandera Feed & Garden Supply...Bandera, TX." 16mo, illustration of house with well. Fine.

(3) Printed card completed in manuscript, commencing: Social Club, Masquerade Ball. Thursday Evening, December 26th, 1872. Admit Mr. [R. Eager] and Ladies. Committee Maj. G. B. Russell, Mr. J. H. French, Mr. R. C. Norton, Capt. Clifton Comly, Mr. A. R. Edey. No one Admitted unless Masked. 24mo, printed in red and green. Verso signed "A. R. Edey." Neither Eager nor Edey is in The Handbook of Texas Online.

(4) CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. Engraved currency for $100, Columbia S.C.: Keatinge & Ball, 186[2]. Dated Nov. 27, 1862. Verso: Stamped with "Issued from Asst. Treas. Off. Jacksen, Miss. Jan. 1, 1863," "Int. Pd. To Jan. 1, 1864," "Int. Paid to Jan. 1, 1865," with ink notation "Iss. San Antonio Texas July 1, 1863." Fine. Criswell I:315.

(5) CONSIDERANT, Victor. Victor Considerant's Texan Home. Engraved colored print, measuring 7.4 x 12 cm (3 x 4-3/4 inches). N.p., (1874?). Mint. Matted. Considerant, a democratic socialist in France, became interested in Texas in the 1850s. After a visit to Texas in 1853, he established the European Society for the Colonization of Texas and wrote two books, Au Texas and The Great West. He founded La Réunion, a colony near Dallas. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Victor Prosper Considerant).

(6) FERGUSON, Emma & H. C. Fischer. Printed receipt completed in manuscript for the San Antonio Valley Ditch Subscription, 1st Installment of $33.33. Signed by Emma Ferguson for J. C. Helschlag, Agt. San Antonio, 187-. 1 p., oblong 12mo, with filing note on verso and date March 18, 1875. Rare San Antonio item.

(7) JEFFERSON, C. E. Autograph minutes, signed, of proceedings of San Antonio City Council for March 18, 1838. San Antonio. November 6, 1858. 1 p., folio, blue paper with orange embossed San Antonio seal. Creased where folded, a few pinholes, else fine. Rare. This is a certification of transcription of the minutes for laying out the city, signed by City Secretary Jefferson. Unusual copy of an historic document.

(8) Manuscript receipt commencing: Recapitulation of Government Freight Shipped by M. Headen Hon. Agt. R. Eagar Route 8, to Fort McIntosh, 16 Nov. 1869...Distance from Corpus Christi to Fort McIntosh 135 Miles...@.0154 per mile...$603.95...1870 June 3 Deducted by Col. Scully Qr. Master for Stores Short & damaged as ordered by Board of Survey $25.51...$578.44. 1 p., 4to, lined blue laid paper. Creased where folded, very good.

(9) Printed city tax receipt for San Antonio (No. 193), completed in manuscript, commencing: Received of [Mrs. Julia Leigh] the sum of...[50] Cents, in full of [her] City Tax for the year A.D. 187[0]. A. Siemering & Co., Job Printers, San Antonio. City of San Antonio, Sept. 8, 1870. Signed by City Collector C. Gwonski. 1 p., 24mo. Very good.

(10) Printed city tax receipt for San Antonio, completed in manuscript, commencing: Received of [F. E. Bustillo by W. B. Leigh Agt.] the sum of [Ten] full of [his] City Tax for the year 186[4]. San Antonio, March 8, 1865. Signed by City Collector [illegible]. 1 p., 24mo, on blue paper. Slightly faded, very good.

(11) Printed receipt completed in manuscript, commencing: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Harrisburg, Texas [March 12] 190[8] Received from [Mrs. Florence E. Eager One] Dollars Dues for the Year Ending April 21, 190[8]. Signed by the general secretary of the DRT, Mrs. C. H. Nilby. 1 p., oblong 16mo. Browned, very good.

(12) Printed receipt, completed in manuscript, for a registered letter sent by Ruth Eager to D. A. Heny [or Feny?], Gallagher's Ranch, Texas. Signed by M. E. Jones. San Antonio, July 19, 1879. 1 p., small 4to. Upper edge chipped, very good. Gallagher's Ranch, in northeastern Medina County, is the location of the oldest dude ranch in Texas and is named for the founder of the original ranch, Irish immigrant Peter Gallagher, the diarist of the Texan Santa Fe expedition (see The Handbook of Texas Online: Gallagher's Ranch).

(13) SIMPSON, S. P., J. W. Riddle, & E. L. Watkins. Printed business card for S. P. Simpson & Co. Bankers, Eagle Pass, Texas. Browned, with a few stains.

(Lot of 13 items)




286. SCOBLE, John. Texas: Its Claims to Be Recognised as an Independent Power, by Great Britain; Examined in a Series of Letters. London: Harvey and Darton, 1839. 56 pp., original printed wrappers, stab-holed and stitched. Slight soiling to wraps, else fine, with contemporary ink inscription on upper wrapper: "From Chas H. Hart(?)." Preserved in tan morocco over marbled boards folding case.
        First edition of a rare British-Texan imprint by one prominent in the affairs of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. In addition to the "Caution to Emigrants," warning against immigrating to the Republic of Texas, the work contains in translation part of the Mexican government's protest against recognition of Texas by the U.S. Howes S217. Raines, p. 183. Sabin 78154. Streeter 1354 (locating two copies in Texas): "Considering the subject, this is a temperate argument against recognition of Texas by Great Britain."


287. [SEALSFIELD, Charles]. Nathan le squatter, ou le premier Américain au Texas. Translated by Gustave Revilliod. Geneva & Paris: Librairie Jules Sandoz and Librairie Sandoz et Fischbacher, 1880. [4] 385 [1] pp. 8vo, original printed wrappers. Wraps browned and stained, cracked down center of spine, ink inscription on front free endpaper, text lightly foxed.
        A later edition of Sealsfield's Nathan, der Squatter-Regulator, oder: Der erste Amerikaner in Texas. Streeter 1289: "Though the title indicates that this is a Texas book, the scene almost to the end is laid in western Louisiana shortly before its transfer to the United States. Nathan, the hero, having no title to his Louisiana land, is forced out by land sharpers after the Louisiana Purchase and many years later his old Louisiana friends, when on an expedition into Texas taking them as far as San Antonio, find him as owner of a large Texas grant.... Only two or three pages relate to Texas."


288. [SEALSFIELD, Charles]. Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika, nach ihrem politischen, religiösen und gesellschaftlichen Verhältnisse betrachtet [by] C. Sidons. Stuttgart & Tübingen: Cotta, 1827. x, 206; iv, 247 pp. 2 vols. in one, 12mo, original marbled boards, red calf spine label. Light edge wear, else fine. Two letters from publisher laid in, dated December 14, 1828, and January 7, 1829.
        First edition of author's first book on America. Clark, Old South III:100n: "Sealsfield's itinerary included Cincinnati, Newport, and Louisville, thence by keelboat to Owensboro, from which he made a side trip to the New Harmony Colony of Indiana; then back to the Ohio and up...the Mississippi to St. Louis, and thence down the Mississippi to New Orleans.... Descriptions [of] Kentucky hospitality and violence, the keelboat on which he traveled...the steamboat on which he went from St. Louis to New Orleans, and of the Palmyra plantation which he visited near Natchez." Graff 3721. Howes P506. Rader 2901. Sabin 64557. The author later wrote several early fictional depictions of Texas and the Southwest. See Streeter 1111.



289. SEGUIN, Juan Nepomuceno & John Coffee Hays. Autograph affidavit, signed by Seguin and Hays, dated at Bejar, March 11, 1837. 2 pp., 12mo (verso with manuscript notes relating to transfer of funds). Some staining. Rare and desirable signatures.
        This affidavit, stating that Ross DuPrior worked for 20 days and is entitled to receive one dollar per day, is signed by Seguin, one of the most prominent Tejanos of the Republic era and John Coffee Hays, Texas Ranger extraordinaire.


290. SMITH, Buckingham (editor). [NENTUIG, J. (attrib.)]. Rudo Ensayo. San Augustin de la Florida [Albany: Munsell], 1863. x, 208 pp., title printed in red and black. Square 8vo, original gray printed wrappers. Lower wrap lacking, fragile upper wrap chipped, internally fine.
        First edition, limited edition (160 copies printed). Eberstadt 138:38: "An edition of 160 copies was supposed to have been printed but actually, it is said, only 80 copies were printed. The author...lived for eleven years near the River Yaqui in close association with the Opatas and traveled through Sonora. At the end of this time, in 1761, the manuscript history was prepared but not published. The present is the first appearance of the work in print except for a portion treating of the ancient edifices along the River Gila, which was used by Alegre in his Historia." Field 1430. Graff 2979: "Contains a good deal of fascinating information about the Indians of Arizona and New Mexico." Howes S578.




291. SOLMS-BRAUNFELS, Prince Carl of. Autograph note, signed, Comal Creek, April 23, 1845. 1 p., 12mo. Fine.
        Prince Solms-Braunfels, the great colonizer of Germans in Texas, writes regarding steamboat navigation for the German Association.


292. SPOTTS, David L. Campaigning with Custer and the Nineteenth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry on the Washita Campaign, 1868-'69.... Los Angeles: Wetzel Publishing Co., 1928. [2, colophon] 215 pp., frontispiece, plates (mostly photographic). 8vo, original bright blue cloth. Mint condition, in d.j. Signed by author.
        First edition, limited edition (#283 of 800 copies). Howes S843. Luther, High Spots of Custer 17: "This is a more personalized account, edited by E. A. Brininstool, of the continued action against the Plains Indians during the Washita Campaign."




293. STEAMER GALVESTON. Printed stock certificate with ornate typographical border, completed in manuscript: Steamer Galveston. No. [24] One Share $100. Certificate of Stock in the Steamer Galveston: Capital, Seven Thousand Dollars-70 Shares, 100 Dollars Each. This Certificate entitles _______ to one Share of Stock in the Steamer Galveston.... [Galveston]: Printed at the "NEWS" Office, Galveston [by Samuel Bangs?], n.d. 1 p., 12mo. Signed by J[osiah] T. Harrell as proprietor. Ink filing notes on verso, dated July 7, 185[4?]. Two tape repairs at upper margin.
        Unrecorded Republic of Texas stock certificate for a Texas Navy vessel, possibly printed by Samuel Bangs. The imprint indicates that the certificate was printed at the "News" office, Galveston. See Jenkins, Printer in Three Republics 452, where he states that Bangs printed the Galveston Daily News during 1842. Jenkins commented that he knew of no other copy in existence of this imprint, and no other stock certificate for a Texas naval vessel.


294. STEELE, John. In Camp and Cabin. Mining Life and Adventure, in California during 1850 and Later. Lodi: Published by J. Steele, 1901. [2] 81 pp., printed in double column. 8vo, original gray printed wrappers. Fine.
        First edition. Adams, Guns 2130 (noting rarity, and presence of material on Joaquín Murieta). Cowan, p. 612. Graff 3964. Howes S924. Kurutz, Gold Rush 598: "This detailed and important account of mining life is a sequel to Across the Plains. The three years of mining experience portrayed in this book was based on Steele's daily journal. Steele published the book fifty years after the adventure. According to the introduction: 'the author...faithfully delineated the everyday life and experience of the average miner.' He provided important information on mining techniques and laws while laboring in the Coloma District and on the Yuba and Feather Rivers." Plains & Rockies IV:244.




295. SWARTWOUT. PROPRIETORS. [Printed stock certificate completed in manuscript, commencing]: 1 One 1 Certificate of Stock in the Town of Swartwout. This is to Certify, That [George Hammeken] is the holder of One Share of Stock in the Town of Swartwout...which is situated on Trinity River, Texas. Houston: Telegraph Press [1838]. Browned at right blank margin, else very fine, signed by James Morgan, early Texas merchant and land speculator.
        First printing. Streeter 244 & p. 14 (citing this certificate as one of the top Texas imprints for a Texas collection): "On the economic side there are fifteen or so pieces relating to the establishment or promotion of new towns entered in Part I. The first of these of which a copy has survived is the Certificate of Stock in the Town of Swartwout." The town of Swartwout at the site of an Alabama-Coushatta tribal village was promoted by James Morgan in 1838, and Sam Houston was one of the shareholders (see The Handbook of Texas Online: James Morgan). The certificate is made out to George Hammeken, who came to Texas in 1833 on the advice of Stephen F. Austin, translated Filisola's Evacuation of Texas in 1837 (see Item 124 herein), and engaged in numerous ambitious enterprises.




296. TATUM, Laurie. Original manuscript, signed, entitled: Report of Laurie Tatum U.S. Indian Agent for the Kiowas, Comanches and Apaches to the Indian Department for the Year 1870. Signed by Laurie Tatum at Fort Sill, Indian Territory, [December 8, 1870]. [Text commencing]: Office of the Kiowa & Comanche Agency...In compliance with the laws and regulations of Indian affairs, I herewith make my second annual report of the Indians, etc. in this agency. 24 pp., small 4to. Small blind stamp in upper left corner of text, a few stains to last two leaves, else fine, preserved in a green cloth slipcase.
        Tatum, a Quaker farmer from Ohio, was appointed as the first U.S. Indian agent to the Kiowas, Comanches, and other tribes of the Fort Sill area in 1869. In an attempt to ensure tribal containment, the government had encircled the Indian Territory with defensive forts and allowed the Society of Friends to manage the agencies. With no training for the job but with a desire to bring religion to Native Americans, Tatum began his duties with a staff of Quaker assistants at the Kiowa-Comanche Agency at Fort Sill in 1869. During the year of 1869, he reports that the Kiowas, Apaches, and Comanches had caused less problems than in previous years. "The chiefs...if not universally, endeavored to control their young men, but it is as impracticable for the chiefs to prevent their young men from stealing horses and mules as it is for civil officers to prevent the commission of crime by wicked men in civilized communities."
        His primary observation is what he considers to be a faulty governmental approach to dealing with the tribes. He points out that when the Native Americans are at peace, they receive a smaller amount of annuity goods than when they cause trouble. "They repeatedly told me that when they behaved well they got but a small amount of goods, and the only way to get a large amount was to go on the war path awhile, kill a few white people, steal a good many horses and mules, and then make a treaty, and they would get a large amount of presents and a liberal supply of goods for that fall." Tatum also cites examples of a band of Penateka Comanches who tried to take up farming and were worse off than the bands who continued hostilities. The hostile Indians pointed out that if they adapted themselves to civilized life, "they would be neglected and become poor" like the others. "In telling this to me, I am aware that they tell the truth, shameful as it is to an enlightened Government." He thus advises that the government should reverse this policy and "give them liberally of goods when they behave reasonably well, and withhold them when they do not."
        Reporting on further activities, Tatum writes: "At the annual 'medicine dance'...the Kiowas, Apaches, Cheyennes, and about half of the Comanches concluded to remain on the plains for a time and commit some depredations, assigning four reasons therefor: 1st because they got so few annuity goods last fall; 2d, because so many of them got sick and died here last summer and fall; 3d, because they are not allowed to purchase ammunition; 4th dividing the land into reservations, instead of having all the Indian land in common and liberty to roam and hunt over it at will. They commenced their depredations in Texas soon after the dance and have continued at frequent intervals and at various points ever since; having murdered many persons there; taken several women and children into captivity, and have stolen and destroyed a large amount of property; and have caused the frontier settlements of Texas to be withdrawn near 150 miles, as I have been informed."
        He further reports on the census, schools, agriculture, economic woes, construction projects (including a saw mill), etc. He concludes the report: "From what I can learn, the Indians do not intend to commit further depredations in this vicinity, but intend to continue it in Texas, especially the Gua-ha-da band of Comanches, and the most disaffected ones of the other Indians who will join them in their raids into that state." This report thus sheds light on the causes of the events of the next year, in particular the Salt Creek Massacre. For more on the raid, see The Handbook of Texas Online (Satanta; Warren Wagontrain Raid).


297. TAYLOR, Fitch W. The Broad Pennant; or, A Cruise in the United States Flag Ship of the Gulf Squadron, during the Mexican Difficulties; Together with Sketches of the Mexican War.... New York: Leavitt, Trow & Co., 1848. 415 [1, blank] [16, ads] pp., folding lithographic frontispiece: "The United States Squadron, landing their Seamen & Marines, at the Brazos de Santiago, May 8th 1846." 8vo, original brown cloth, blind stamped with gilt-decorated spine. Upper quarter of spine detached, corners bumped and some stains to binding, endpapers foxed.
        First edition. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, pp. 170-71. Not in Graff, Howes, or Streeter. The lithograph is included in Ron Tyler's preliminary study on Texas lithographs.


298. [TEXAS. BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION]. Texas: The Home for the Emigrant from Everywhere. [Austin: John Cardwell, state printer, 1873]. 26 pp. 8vo, later red cloth, gilt label. Lacking wraps, else fine.
        First edition. Winkler-Friend 3262 (locating only 2 copies and not sure of the pagination). This rare Texas promotional covers the geography, navigable streams, climate, health, seasons, fertility of soil, minerals, ranching, prices of land, trades, and manufactories in Texas. Also covers the railroads, principal cities, immigration, etc. A later edition in 1875 had a "New Map of Texas prepared and published for the Bureau of Immigration of the State of Texas by A. R. Roessler." Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.


299. TEXAS. CONSTITUTION. "Texas-Constitution." Pp. 225-37 in Democratic Expositor and United States Journal for the Country I:15 (October 18, 1845). Washington, D.C., 1845. 8vo, on a single folded but uncut sheet. Fine. Contemporary ink signature of "Hon. J. R. Redding, Haverhill, Mass."
        The Constitution of the new state was completed on August 28, 1845, and transmitted by Anson Jones to the U.S. Congress on November 10, 1845. Its publication in the Democratic Expositor, therefore, preceded the actual submittal and gave the members of the U.S. Congress an opportunity to examine an advance copy of the constitution. At the time of its meeting, the Convention of 1845 was considered by many to be the most able body of its kind ever to meet in Texas and included men of broad political experience. The Handbook of Texas Online (Constitution of 1845): "The Constitution of 1845 has been the most popular of all Texas constitutions. Its straightforward, simple form prompted many national politicians, including Daniel Webster, to remark that the Texas constitution was the best of all of the state constitutions. Though some men, including Webster, argued against the annexation of Texas, the constitution was accepted by the United States on December 29, 1845."


300. TEXAS. SECESSION CONVENTION (Jan. 28-Mar. 5, 1861). Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas, 1861, Edited from the Original by Ernest W. Winkler.... Austin: Texas Library and Historical Commission, 1912. 469 [1, errata] pp. 8vo, later gray cloth, gilt-lettered black morocco spine label. Very fine.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 69n. Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 38: "The most tragic document in Texas history, and the most dramatic." Tate, The Indians of Texas 2759: "Indicates how U.S. failure to stop Indian attacks on Texas contributed to that state's secession ordinance." The preface states: "This Journal appeared in newspapers at the time the Convention was in session, but on account of an empty treasury, it was not printed in book form." Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.

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