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under Robert W. Weir and his assistant Seth Eastman. He

and his classmates were probably among the first to use


Treatise on Topographical Drawing.

Eastman had a

much more precise form of drawing in mind, but his lan-

guage sometimes paralleled the Romantic landscapists of the

Hudson River School.... Weir believed that his students

should be schooled in the principles of freehand drawing and

encouraged them to sketch the scenery up and down the

Hudson River. Eastman, meanwhile provided the geometri-

cal explanation for converting a topographical plan into a

perspective drawing.... Although trained in topographical

drawing, Abert was hardly prepared for the stark and

rugged country that he found [in the Southwest]. ‘Should a

painter, in sketching the landscape, give it the true tone of

color, he likely would be censured for exaggeration.’” The

quality of the rare surviving colored plates in Abert’s two

reports is in marked contrast to their appearance as usually

found in uncolored state. It is almost as if one cannot really

see what Abert witnessed on his journeys by viewing only

the black and white versions. Abert’s historic images are a

felicitous melding of art and science, and the rugged South-

west as seen through the lens of the Romantic vision of the

Hudson River School.

The emphasis of the images in this volume is New Mexi-

co, but the work is also important for Texas. Ron Tyler in his

unpublished manuscript on Texas lithographs of the nine-

teenth century refers to the plate entitled

The Pillar Rock on

the Canadian

as the first lithographic image of Texas from a

U.S. government survey.



Coahuila y Texas en la Epoca


Mexico: Editorial Cultura, 1938. xii, 751 [1,

blank], [2] pp., 18 plates & maps. [With]:

Coahuila y Texas Independencia hasta el Tratado de Paz de Guadalupe


Mexico, 1945-1946. iii-xv [1, blank], 542 pp., 5

plates & maps + [3]-540 [2] pp., 9 plates & maps. Total: 32

plates & maps (some folding or in color), text illustrations. 3

vols., thick 8vo, original beige printed wrappers. Old cello-

phane over the wraps (original glassine wrappers not pres-

ent), a few spots to wrappers, light foxing to text, generally

a very good set. Presentation copy from Sr. Flores to

[Charles] Downing, Eagle Pass, 1957.

First edition

, trade issue (a numbered, signed issue of 100

copies on thick paper came out simultaneously)

. Basic Texas


1: “Presents the history of Texas as a Spanish province

and state from the Mexican viewpoint.” Griffin 2458 & 4903:

“Provides a rich, solid history...a major work [that] will long

be considered a standard work of reference.” Howes R382.

Palau 6924. Steck,


, p. 53: “A splendid, authorita-

tive study, heavily documented, with a rich bibliography.” In

an age in which English has virtually become the world lan-

guage, and Americans the most mono-lingual of cultured

societies, it is difficult to understand why this fundamental

work on the history of Spanish and Mexican Texas has never

been translated. Alessio Robles (1879-1957) was a Saltillo-

born historian, soldier, and politician who took active part in

many of the Mexican political and military controversies

during the early twentieth century. After being exiled in

1929, he spent time at the University of Texas (Austin)



The Skiing Mailman of the Sierras

3. ALLEN PRESS. [WRIGHT, William].

Snow-Shoe Thomp-

son: 1856-1876 by Dan De Quille

. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson,

1954. xv [1, blank], 63 [1, blank] pp. (on French Arches

paper), title with linoleum block illustration by Mallette Dean,

printed in green, text in black and red. 12mo, original white

parchment paper spine, Swedish pattern-paper sides. Fine

copy save for former owner’s ink signature and shelf mark on

front free endpaper. Original glassine dust wrapper.

Limited edition

(210 copies).

Allen Press Bibliography




2222. Reprinted from the

Overland Monthly


October 1886, this is the story of John A. Thompson (1827-

1876), who carried mail across the Sierras on skis between

Placerville and Carson City from 1856-1876. Brought from

his native Norway to the United States as a child, he eventu-

ally changed his name from Tostensen and moved to Califor-

nia in 1851. He sometimes carried as much as a hundred

pounds using skis he had constructed based on those from his

native land. Because this book has been avidly sought by col-

lectors of postal history and skiing, it has become among the

most elusive of all Allen Press books.


4. [ATLAS]. BRADFORD, T[homas] G[amaliel].

A Com-

prehensive Atlas Geographical, Historical & Commercial.


William D. Ticknor; New York: Wiley & Long; Philadelphia:

T. T. Ash [copyright 1835]. 52 leaves (unnumbered), 2

engraved plates (hand-colored frontispiece,

The Five Varieties

of the Human Race

; and elaborate pictorial title drawn by E.

Tisdale and W. Croome, engraved by J. Andrew), 76 engraved

maps with original outline coloring. Folio, original three-

quarter tan sheep over blue marbled boards (neatly rebacked,

original spine laid down, original green marbled endpapers

preserved). Both hinges cracked but holding tight, mild to

moderate foxing throughout (heavier on endpapers), light off-

setting to title page, overall a very good, complete copy, with

later printed label of William A. Larned (1806-1862), minis-

ter and professor at Yale.

The first editions of Bradford’s small atlas came out in

1835, apparently published by a consortium of publishers.

These atlases enjoyed commercial success, with small format

versions appearing in 1835, and a reworked large-format ver-

sion published in 1838. Phillips,


770. Sabin 7260. Shaw

& Shoemaker 306134. Wheat,

Mapping the Transmississippi


408, 409, 410: “The little Bradford maps of 1835, while

not important, give the general picture of the West that one

would have had as a member of the public as the thirties

rolled past their half-way point. Chiefly interesting is the

boundary on one of the maps at 54° 40

, while on another map

the southern boundary of the Oregon country ends in San

Francisco Bay.”

There was no separate map of Texas in the earliest versions

of Bradford’s atlas (see next entry for the first edition of the

Bradford atlas to contain a separate map and text leaf for

Texas). However, here there are three maps with original out-

line color that show Texas as part of Mexico: [1]



, 19.4 x 25.5 cm (7

x 10 inches); [2]

Mexico, Guatemala,

and the West Indies

, 19.4 x 25.5 cm (7

x 10 inches); Texas is

shown as part of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, with

Austin’s Colony prominently located and outlined in green

and pink; however, the accompanying text leaf states that