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Through Unexplored Northwest Texas in 1854

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450.     PARKER, W[illiam] B[rown]. Notes Taken during the Expedition Commanded by Capt. R.B. Marcy, U.S.A., through Unexplored Texas, in the Summer and Fall of 1854. By W.B. Parker, Attached to the Expedition. Philadelphia: Hayes & Zell, No. 193 Market Street, 1856. [i-v] vi-xii, [9] 10-242, [1] 2-6 (catalogue) pp. 12mo (19.2 x 13 cm), original brown ribbed cloth with publishers’ logo stamped in blind on covers, title in gilt on spine. Light wear to extremities, spine slightly dark, occasional mild foxing to text, but overall a fine, tight copy.

     First edition. Basic Texas Books 135n: “A well written narrative [which] adds flavor to Marcy’s report.” Bradford 4186. Field 1174: “Crowded with the most interesting details of…the Indian tribes of the southern prairies.” Graff 3195: “Especially valuable for the northwest part of Texas.” Holliday Sale 850. Howes P91. Plains & Rockies IV:279. Pilling 2910 (cited for the list of Texas tribes on p. 221). Raines, p. 162: “A readable and reliable description of northwestern Texas before its settlement.” Sabin 58775: “Contains interesting details of personal intercourse with the Indian tribes of the Southern prairies—the Bedouins of the American desert.” Streeter Sale 397. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2176: “A valuable report by one of the civilians who accompanied Capt. Randolph B. Marcy and Robert S. Neighbors across northwestern Texas looking for a site upon which reservations could be created for Penateka Comanches and the small, displaced tribes of Texas.” Vandale 129.

     William Brown Parker, a friend of Marcy’s, was a New York City businessman and editor who wanted to see the West. Parker writes in an engaging style and provides information not found in other accounts of the important Marcy-Neighbors exploration of the Big Wichita and the headwaters of the Brazos to find sites in Northwest Texas for Native American Reservations. Parker devotes a good deal of his narrative to the tribes encountered and the Native American scouts who assisted the expedition, making it clear that the latter’s assistance enabled the expedition. Parker praises the Shawnee and Delaware scouts: “Wherever they are found, they preserve the same character for truth, honesty, and intelligence, and are ever ready, at a moment’s warning, to take service, as hunters, guides, or interpreters, and travel hundreds of miles from home.”


Sold. Hammer: $375.00; Price Realized: $450.00

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