“A Model of Historical Viewing and Information” (A. C. Greene)
151. RICHARDSON, Rupert Norval. The Comanche Barrier to South Plains Settlement a Century and a Half of Savage Resistance to the Advancing White Frontier. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1933. 424, [4 ads] pp., numerous full-page text illustrations (maps, some of which are double-page, portraits, scenes). 8vo, original blue gilt-lettered cloth. Fine and bright, mostly unopened.
First edition. Basic Texas Books 174. Campbell, p. 181. Clark & Brunet 207: “Classic account of the conflict on the southern Plains between white encroachment and Comanche resistance. It is recounted in a scholarly and impartial manner, and the book has long been considered a classic in frontier literature.” Dobie, p. 35. Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 18 (“Western Movement—Its Literature”). Rader 2783. Saunders 3122. Tate, Indians of Texas 2415: “The standard history of Comanche raids on Texas, and the reprisals and systems of frontier defense organized by Texans and the U.S. Army. Comanches are viewed as a ‘barrier’ to settlement and progress, but the book well relates feelings of white settlers toward the government, army and the Comanches.”
Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas, p. 68:
Some of the photographs in this book are the work of William Stinson Soule (1836-1908), a major photographer of Native American life who worked in the Fort Sill area between 1868 and 1875. Among the best of Soule’s work in this volume is the striking portrait of Cynthia Ann Parker and Quanah Parker. ($200-400)
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