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“First Procurable History of a Texas County” (Reese, Six Score)

173. SMYTHE, H[enry]. Historical Sketch of Parker County and Weatherford, Texas. St. Louis: Louis C. Lavat, Book and Job Printers, 1877. xvi (ads), vii [1 blank], 476 pp. 8vo, original embossed green cloth, spine gilt lettered. Binding worn and chipped (especially at corners and tips), some spotting to cloth, endpapers stained, text block slightly shaken (cracked at pp. 144/145).  Contemporary pencil signature of J. E. Bridgman on front pastedown and flyleaf, the latter dated September 4, 1895.

     First edition. Adams, Herd 2103: “Rare.” Bradford 5121. CBC 3706.Dobie, p. 58. Graff 3873: “Contains an account of General Sherman’s tour of inspection during the months of April, May and June, 1871, taken from the manuscript journal kept by Inspector-General R. B. Marcy, with a full account of the Indian chiefs Big Tree and Satanta.” Howes S734. Raines p. 191. Reese, Six Score 100: “First procurable history of a Texas county. Cattle material is scattered throughout the work. Every serious collector of range cattle books should investigate the vast fields of local and county history.” Sabin 85356.  Tate, Indians of Texas 3068. Vandale 162. Pages 443-459 contain a directory for Weatherford, giving name, occupation, and race, including numerous “Colored,” few of whom occupy skilled trades.  ($1,000-3,000)

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