137. MILLER, Mrs. S[ylvanus] G[erard Susan]. Sixty Years in the Nueces Valley 1870-1930...”In Books Lies the Soul of the Whole Past Time.” San Antonio: Naylor Printing Company, . , viii, , 374 pp., 7 plates (mostly photographic), 2 maps. 8vo, original green cloth with label on upper (photographic scene), lettered in black on spine and upper cover. Mild shelf wear, edges lightly foxed, some gutters with light stain caused by binding adhesive, otherwise very good in original glassine d.j. (chipped and tattered).
First edition. Adams, Herd 1491. CBC 3575. Howes M618. King, Women on the Cattle Trail and in the Roundup, p. 17: “A good portrayal of early ranches in the Nueces Valley of Texas.” Rader 2402. Mrs. Miller (b. 1851) married a rancher in 1870 and discusses many ranch matters, such as problems with fence cutters, tick fever, and improvements made to the ranch and herd. Her narrative concludes on p. 50 in something of catalogue of despair. Not only does she lament the deaths in rapid succession of her husband and other family members, but also she reveals that the dam being built by Corpus Christi will in fact inundate almost her entire ranch. This part is followed by a series of short anecdotes, stories, poems, and songs (including “An Experience with the Vigilantes,” “Christmas Preparations,” “Terry’s Texas Rangers,” “Our Neighboring Towns”). The book concludes with James P. Collins’ Autobiography of a Revolutionary Soldier (edited by John M. Roberts, first published in 1859). ($200-400)
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