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Reese Six Score—With a Rare Map of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands

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71.     [BORDERLANDS]. UNITED STATES. CONGRESS. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON TEXAS FRONTIER TROUBLES. Texas Frontier Troubles…. Report: The Special Committee Who Were Appointed under a Resolution of the House of Representatives, Passed January 6, 1876…. Washington: HRR343, 1876. [i] ii-xxi [1, blank], [1] 2-180 pp., lithograph folded map: Map of the Lower Rio Grande, Accompanying Report of the Special Committee on Texas Frontier Troubles…. (neat line to neat line: 25.7 x 34.4 cm). 8vo (22.6 x 14.7 cm), later brown buckram, title stamped on spine. Fine, map with a few clean splits (no losses). When found, this report is usually chipped and in bad condition due to the cheap paper the government used to print it. Rare report with a wonderful map. Attorney and historian C.R. Wharton’s copy, signed by him and with his bookplate (see Handbook of Texas Online).

     First edition. Adams, Guns 2262. Adams, Herd 2273: “Rare.” Eberstadt, Texas 162:124: “Neither Adams nor Howes calls for the important map which is here present.” Howes T143 (aa). Reese, Six Score 108: “An important government document dealing with cattle theft along the Mexican border. The testimony contains much on rustling problems and on cattle in South Texas generally. The Mexican government had issued a similar report a year earlier, the Informe de la Comisión Pesquisidora, 1875” (see Item 67 herein).

     The map is wonderful and detailed, locating remote Texas outposts, such as Lagartoville and Charco Fandango, and with hand-written lithographed notes such as “Paso Selos Arrieros—good food.” The map shows South Texas and Northern Mexico along the Rio Grande from its mouth to above Fort Duncan in Maverick County, indicating trails, frontier forts, Mexican outposts and towns, geographical notations, ranches, etc. The text presents an excellent chronicle of border depredations, including that of Juan N. Cortina, along with a first-hand report by Texas Ranger Captain L.H. McNelly. The committee’s report blamed much of the problem on Mexico and urged that U.S. forces be allowed to pursue bandits across the border.


Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $900.00

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