Fine Press Edition of the Ultimate Texas Overland

Ed Grabhorn’s Copy

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65. CABEÇA DE VACA, Alvar Nuñez. Relation that Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca Gave of What Befel the Armament in the Indias whither Panphilo de Narváez went for Governor (from the Years 1527 to 1537) when with Three Comrades He Returned and Came to Seville. Printed from the Buckingham Smith Translation of 1871. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1929. [10], [1-3] 4-122, [2] pp., illustrated by Valenti Angelo and printed on “Unbleached Arnold” paper. 4to (32.2 x 23 cm), original ecru boards with title printed on spine in terracotta, original plain tan dust wrapper with title printed in black. Spine of wrapper slightly chipped without loss, light offsetting to pastedowns from dust wrapper, otherwise fine.

     Limited edition (one of 300 but hors serie) of a fine press edition of the first book about Texas and the ultimate Texas overland. Noted as “Printer’s copy” and signed by Ed Grabhorn. Basic Texas Books 24V. Grabhorn (1915-1940) 124. For first edition, see: Fifty Texas Rarities 1. Graff 3054. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 1n. This is a reissue of the Buckingham Smith translation of 1871, and the most sumptuous edition of this great work. “The Spanish conquistador Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was shipwrecked in 1528 on what is now Galveston Island. He lived among America’s native peoples for the next eight years, transcending enslavement to become recognized as a great spiritual leader. Cabeza de Vaca was the first European to explore what is now Texas and the Southwest. His account, La relación, offers a remarkable historical portrait. It is also one of humankind’s great adventure stories. After returning to Spain, Cabeza de Vaca wrote an account of his years in the Americas. First published in 1542, this extraordinary adventure story has thrilled readers for centuries. Cabeza de Vaca’s account is also of great anthropological and historical importance. In Texas alone he identified 23 Indian groups, describing in detail their clothes, languages, eating habits, rituals, homes, and migrations. One of the rarest books in the world” (Bill Wittliff; see


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