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1. [ALMANACS & PRIMERS]. Lot of three almanacs & two New England primers, 16mo & 24mo, disbound or wraps, condition varies: * Father Abraham's Almanack...1772. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, [1771]. Evans 12276. This almanac is one of many examples of American popular literature taking inspiration from Benjamin Franklin's character Father Abraham. * LOW, Nathaniel. An Astronomical Diary.... Boston: J. Gill, [1776]. Woodcut map of Manhattan Island and "Address to the Torries." Evans 14829. * Poor Robin, 1677, an Almanack after a New Fashion.... London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, [1676]. The Poor Robin series is the most amusing of the early English almanacs, and this edition contains some charming bawdy verse and prose (For though it seems strange, yet it is no riddle, All Bawdry is not done below the middle, Women may be whores of their tongues as well as their tails.... –Her tongue being wondrous sharp, When as she doth strike her Bawdy Harp.... The nights are cold, therefore 'twill be no harm, To get a loving wife to keep thee warm; But herein let my meaning plain be known, I mean not of thy Neighbours but thy own). * The New-England Primer. Norwich, 1810. See Grolier American Hundred for notes on the first edition (1727) * The New-England Primer. New York, 1829. (5 vols.) ($150-300)

2. BIGELOW, Jacob. American Medical Botany, Being a Collection of the Native Medicinal Plants of the United States.... Boston: Cummings and Hilliard, 1817-1818-1820. xi [1] [17]-197 [1] + xiv, [15]-198 [1] + x [11] 197 [1] pp., 60 color plates of botanical specimens. 3 vols., full contemporary sheep, red and black leather spine labels. Bindings rubbed and some wear and abrading, tissue guards foxed, internally fine, overall a very nice set in original bindings, much nicer than usually found.
       First edition of the first American book with plates printed in color, and the most important contribution of physician and botanist Jacob Bigelow. Bennett, American Nineteenth-Century Color Plate Books, p. 72. BMC (Nat. Hist.) I:162. Nissen (Botany) 164. G-M (Norman) 1842: "Bigelow, one of America's greatest botanists, was professor of materia medica at Harvard." Massachusetts Horticultural Society Catalogue, p. 18. Pritzel 773. The first ten plates were printed in monochrome and colored by hand. As this proved too costly and slow, Bigelow devised his own process (actually aquatint in colors), and the remaining fifty plates were produced in that manner. Bigelow is also known for his Flora Bostoniensis, published in 1814, the standard manual of New England botany until Asa Gray's 1848 Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States. ($2,500-5,000)

3. BRIDWELL, J. W. The Life and Adventures of Robert McKimie, Alias "Little Reddy," from Texas: The Dare-Devil Desperado of the Black Hills Region, Chief of the Murderous Gang of Treasure Coach Robbers.... Hillsboro: Hillsboro Gazette Office, 1878. 56 pp., portraits. 8vo, original blue pictorial wrappers with portrait of McKimie. Wrappers with two small chips at head of spine, upper wrapper with mild marginal darkening, otherwise very fine. Preserved in a half navy blue morocco slipcase with chemise.
        First edition. Adams, One-Fifty 18: "Exceedingly rare.... I know of but three copies of this book, one of which I once owned." [Note: This is the second copy that our firm has had the privilege of handling—prior copy in stiff yellow wrappers.] Howes B765. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 101: "The tale is harum-scarum, with jail-breaks, fake telegrams and women accomplices." Among the créme de la créme of the wicked Western underworld. ($4,000-6,000)

4. [BROADSIDE]. ARIZONA TERRITORY (3rd phase). CARLETON, James H. (Commander, California Column). To All Whom It May Concern: The Congress of the United States Has Set Apart a Portion of New Mexico, and Organized it into a Territory Complete of Itself. This is Known as the Territory of Arizona.... Headquarters of the Column from California, Tucson, June 8, 1862. Small folio broadside. Three old stains at right margin (affecting only a few words, creased where formerly folded, and a few short, clean splits at outer edge of folds.
        First printing of the decree by which Carleton assumed military authority of Arizona on behalf of the Union, following the expulsion of Sibley's Confederate brigade. See B. Sacks, Be it Enacted: The Creation of the Territory of Arizona (Phoenix: Arizona Historical Foundation, 1964) pp. 67-69 (broadside illustrated). A rare, important, and early Arizona imprint (printing commenced in Arizona in 1859). No copies located by OCLC & RLIN, but there is a copy in the National Archives. ($2,000-4,000)

5. [BROADSIDE]. [BULLFIGHTING]. Pair of ephemeral pictorial broadsheets within typographical borders announcing bullfights in Mexico: Fiestas en la Magdalena.... Magdalena: Brambilla, 1853. Oblong 8vo. Fine. * Diversiones Publicas.... Hostotipaquillo: J. Santos Orosco, 1854. 12mo. One minor stain, else fine. (2 broadsheets) ($400-800)

6. [BROADSIDE]. CALIFORNIA. LEGISLATURE (16TH SESSION, 1866-1867). Constitutional Amendment Abolishing Slavery in Legislature of California...Joint Resolution No. 1.... [San Francisco]: Nahl Bros. (lith.) & L. Nagel (print.), 1866. Double folio pictorial broadside lithographed on heavy rag paper. At the top is a large and beautiful illustration of allegorical female figures of Industry and Liberty, between them the American Eagle and a pedestal bearing the California seal on which is the U.S. constitution; calligraphic text below with facsimile signatures of Governor Low and all of the members of the cabinet and legislature. Perfect condition.
       First printing. This superb piece is historic, artistic, and very rare (OCLC & RLIN locate only the copy at the Bancroft Library). The broadside was created by noted California artist Charles Nahl with the assistance of Louis Nagel. Peters, California on Stone, pp. 165-66 (Nagel) & 173 (Nahl). ($4,000-8,000)

7. [BROADSIDE]. DAKOTA TERRITORY. GOVERNOR (John L. Pennington). Territory of Dakota. A Proclamation. Five Hundred Dollars Reward. Executive Office, Yankton, Dakota, April 13, 1877. Whereas, It has been represented to me that on the night of the 25th March last, some Person or Persons Unknown, attacked the stage of the Cheyenne and Black Hills Stage Company, near Deadwood, in the county of Lawrence, in this Territory, killing John Slaughter, the driver.... Yankton, April 13, 1877. Small folio, engraved pictorial broadside. Creased where formerly folded and very mild offsetting at lower left.
        Unrecorded Dakota Territory imprint, and an ephemeral outlaw item. RLIN locates only the Yale copy. ($3,600-4,800)

8. [BROADSIDE]. LINCOLN, Abraham. Emancipation Proclamation. Philadelphia: Gilman R. Russell (calligrapher & publisher) & P. S. Duval & Son (lithographer), 1865. Double folio pictorial lithographic broadside with full-length portrait of Lincoln with the Proclamation bearing his facsimile signature. Light foxing and spotting, minor and very faint dampstains, a few very small closed tears and chips at edges. Overall, a very bright copy, acid-free mat.
        A very handsome lithograph of the Emancipation Proclamation in a highly decorative edition suitable for exhibit. Grolier American Hundred 71 (citing the original edition, Washington, 1863): ($1,800-3,600)

9. [BROADSIDE]. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. [FORD, John S. ("Rip") (publisher)]. The Texas Democrat--Extra. Austin, May 21, 1846. Tall, narrow folio broadside printed in double column. Some foxing and waterstaining, a few short splits where formerly folded (no losses). Signed presentation inscription: Compliments of H. W. Merrill 2d. U. S. Dragoons. Victories! Ink annotations correcting the rank of two officers. Merrill (1814-1892) New Handbook IV:636), a New Yorker and a West Point man, was in charge of the arsenal in Austin at the time of this broadside.
        Unrecorded broadside from the press of John S. ("Rip") Ford, celebrated Ranger, Senator, newspaper editor, and commander of the Rio Grande District during the Civil War (Ford led the last battle of the Civil War, which the Confederates won!). One of the earliest printed notices of the first engagements of the Mexican-American War with accounts of the two battles fought on Texas soil. Only scattered issues of the Texas Democrat survive, and the present broadside is unrecorded. ($1,500-3,500)

10. [BROADSIDE]. [NEBRASKA]. Resources and Advantages of Randolph, Cedar County, Nebraska, and Adjacent Country. [Randolph, ca. 1888]. Tall narrow folio broadside promotional with map and text set within Greek-key typographical border. Browned and with some marginal chipping and loss of border at lower margin.
        Rare promotional (the only other copy we trace is at Yale). The broadside declares: "This country offers the finest opportunities for stock raising" and "much attention is devoted to this branch of agriculture...stock raising is attended with but very little outlay." ($750-1,500)

11. [BROADSIDE]. RED JACKET (SAGU-YA-WHAT-HATH). Indian Speech, Delivered before a Gentleman Missionary, from Massachusetts, by a Chief, Commonly Called by the White People Red Jacket. His Indian Name is Sagu-Ya-What-Hath being interpreted, is Keeper-Awake.... Boston: Nathaniel Coverly, [1805?]. 4to broadside, printed in two columns, line of ornaments between imprint. Slight fraying on one old fold, but uncut and in fine condition. Contemporary ink note on verso.
        First edition of an important American speech by a notable Native American leader and orator. American Imprints 9232 (recording one copy; see our web site for additional research concluding that the only other recorded copy of the present imprint is in the Library of Congress). Sabin 68472. Seneca chief Red Jacket (ca. 1758-1830) followed a line of political expediency in his youth, but in time concluded that the only means of preserving his race was by erecting a wall of separation. He opposed further sale of their lands, intermarriage, introduction of the arts of civilization, use of the English language, and, above all, the introduction of Christianity. Red Jacket's present speech was in response to a missionary coming into the country of the Six Nations to establish a station. Red Jacket responds here with a brief synopsis of previous relations between his people and the Anglos, declaring that the white man first came in small numbers to be free and enjoy their own religion unhindered. He eloquently pleas for the autonomy of his people, concluding: "We do not wish to destroy your religion, or take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own." ($6,000-9,000)

12. [BROADSIDE]. TEXAS (Provisional Government). CONSULTATION (November 1835). Declaración del Pueblo de Tejas, reunido en Convención General.... San Felipe de Austin: En la imprenta de Baker y Bordens, 1825 [i.e., 1835]. Small folio broadside within typographical border. Crease at center where formerly folded, light discoloration, overall a very good copy, professionally stabilized and conserved. Rare, important, and early Texas imprint.
        First edition in Spanish (published simultaneously in English and Spanish) of the "Declaration of Causes for Taking Up Arms Against of the fundamental Texas documents, second only in importance to the Declaration of Independence of 1836. It declares that the people of Texas have taken up arms in defense of the principles of the Federal Mexican Constitution of 1824, denies the right of the present authorities of Mexico to govern in Texas, and declares that the Texans will not cease to carry on war against said authorities while their troops are in Texas.... I think it worth putting in the record that Francis Edwards of London in their Catalogue 265, dated July, 1905, offered a copy of the broadside of the Declaration in Spanish for four shillings. Those were the days for the collector who knew his Texas, but I am afraid that few did" (Streeter 88, 89 & p. 12). ($20,000-40,000)

13. CATLIN, George. Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians. London: Chatto and Windus, 1876. 2 vols., royal 8vo, complete (180 chromolithograph plates, including maps), original maroon gilt pictorial cloth. The plates are fine, clean, and bright in this copy, but the book blocks are detached from their "perfect" bindings, and one spine is perishing.
        The first of the many editions of Catlin's great work was published in 1841 in London under title Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians. Howes C241. Plains & Rockies IV:84:1n. "The basis for much Plains ethnology.... Today [Catlin's] work is criticized for its unrelenting Romanticism, but it is treasured by historians and anthropologists alike, who value his attention to details and brave dedication to his task" (Tyler, Prints of the American West, pp. 46-55). Included among the plates is a portrait of Red Jacket (see item 11 herein) and illustrations of the Dodge expedition to the Comanche country north of the Red River at the Texas border. See Richard Ribb's article on Catlin in New Handbook of Texas. ($700-1,200)

14. [CHAMBERLAIN, W. H. & H. L. Wells]. History of Sutter County, California. Oakland: Thompson & West, 1879. 127 pp., 87 lithographs by the C. L. Smith firm in Oakland (includes 8 double-page plates and colored map). Oblong 4to, original cloth (rebacked). Corners worn, perforated library stamp on title.
        First edition. Cowan, p. 626. Howes S1157. Rocq 15069. These Thompson and West histories with their profusion of lithographic plates are a wonderful documentary source on nineteenth-century California, often recording views and places not found elsewhere. Included in this volume are images of ranches, residences, businesses, railroads, farms, landscapes, riverboats, 1846 camp at Donner Lake, and, our favorite, a baseball game in progress. The colored map of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona was prepared by the H. H. Lloyd & Co. Map Establishment in New York. ($1,000-1,500)

15. [CLEMENS, Samuel L.]. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. 366 pp., frontispiece portrait and frontispiece illustration, text illustrations. Small 4to, original full sheep, black and red leather spine labels. Light shelf wear (particularly at top corners), upper hinge with one short split (but very strong), lower hinge cracked, text exceptionally clean and fresh. Very scarce in the sheep binding. A most desirable copy.
        First American edition, early issue points, including engraving of Silas Phelps in original state (definite curve of Phelps' trouser fly); title is a cancel; "Him and another Man" listed as at p. 88; p. 155 lacking the final numeral 5. BAL 3415. Grolier American Hundred 87. ($4,000-8,000)

16. [CLEMENS, Samuel L.]. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Another early issue of preceding, without Phelps' curve, but drape visible on frontis.; "Him and another Man" incorrectly listed; "with the was" on p. 57, etc. Very good, fresh copy in original green pictorial cloth with some binding wear and a few spots on front endpapers. ($1,000-2,000)

17. [CLEMENS, Samuel L.]. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford, etc.: The American Publishing Company, 1876. 274 [1] [4] pp., frontispiece, text illustrations. Small 4to, original blue cloth. Twain's cut signature on card affixed to pastedown. Worn and shaken, in natural state, without the ill-conceived restoration one often encounters.
        First American edition, printed on wove paper, versos of half title and preface blank. BAL 3369. Grolier American Hundred 79. ($700-1,200)

18. [CLEMENS, Samuel L.]. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. New York: C. H. Webb, 1867. [1, blank] [1, ad] 198 pp. 16mo, original plum cloth with frog gilt-stamped at center of upper cover and blind-stamped in same position on lower cover. Contemporary ink ownership of "R. M. Hill, U.S.A." on dedication leaf. Slightly shelf-slanted, covers with very mild staining and lightly abraded. Gently and expertly restored by a deft and sensitive hand (recased, spine tips neatly mended with top quarter inch neatly filled with excellent facsimile cloth even worked a little to more resemble the way that the original cloth would appear). Several short tears and a few small chips to far outer edge of front free endpaper and title; occasional mild foxing to text. A truthful statement condition which makes the book sound less than it actually is. Preserved in full maroon levant morocco folding box. Very scarce in plum cloth and with the frog placed at center.
        First edition of author's first published book, first issue (single ad leaf on cream-yellow paper inserted before title; p. 66, last line "life" is unbroken; p. 198 "i" in "this" is unbroken). BAL 3310. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 43: "If Mark Twain had written nothing else, this tale would have endeared him to every Californian." Zamorano Eighty 17. ($7,000-9,000)

19. [CLEMENS, Samuel L.]. Roughing It. Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1872. xviii [19]-591 [1, ad] pp., 2 frontispieces, 6 inserted plates, numerous text illustrations. 8vo, original gilt pictorial black cloth, a.e.g. Corners slightly bumped and light binding wear (spinal extremities frayed and very slightly chipped), a near fine copy, clean and bright. Uncommon with the gilt edges.
        First American edition, State A (p. 242, lines 20 & 21 read: premises—said he / was occupying his. Adams, Guns 443. BAL 3337. Cowan, p. 130. Howes C481: "Valuable as an autobiographical chapter in the author's life and as a vivid portrayal of Nevada mining life in the '60s." Libros Californianos, p. 66. Paher 350: "One of Nevada's all time books." Zamorano Eighty 18. ($150-300)

20. EDWARD, David B. History of Texas. Cincinnati: J. A. James & Co., 1836. 336 pp., folding engraved map of Texas with land grants hand-colored in outline. 12mo, original brown cloth, printed paper spine label. Binding shaken and loose (needs recasing), original label slightly chipped at top. Occasional foxing and staining to text. The map, which is often lacking, is very fine and crisp, with excellent color retention.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 53. Clark, Old South III:35. Day, Maps of Texas, p. 24. Graff 1208. Howes E48. Raines, p. 74. Streeter 1199: "One of the essential Texas books. It gives a good account of the physical features and towns and products of the Texas of 1835, followed by an excellent analysis of the colonization laws of the Republic." The fine little map, based on the Austin-Tanner conformation, shows each of the Texas land grants, early towns, Indian villages, mines, etc. ($800-1,600)

21. [FISKE, M. (attrib.)]. A Visit to Texas: Being the Journal of a Traveller through those Parts Most Interesting to American Settlers.... New York: Goodrich & Wiley, 1834. iv, [9]-164 [2] pp., 4 engraved plates, folding map by W. Hooker (Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas, 10-3/8 x 13-1/8 inches). 16mo, original plum diced cloth, spine gilt-lettered and with gilt illustration of horse rearing. Binding slightly discolored, endsheets browned, text and plates fine and the rare Hooker map fine and crisp on thick paper. Contemporary ink gift inscription on front flyleaf.
        First edition. Clark, Old South III:114: "A very rare book, containing fine descriptions of natural scenery, prairies, some natural history, and an account of political conditions." Graff 1336. Howes T145. Phillips, Sporting Books, p. 388. Streeter 1155: "The account gives a fresh and interesting picture of life in Texas...interspersed with caustic comments on the Galveston Bay Company" & p. 328 (cited as one of the top travel books on Texas): "Thought to be the earliest [plates] to show sporting scenes in the West." Vandale 187. The important Hooker map appeared in several issues, having been published separately and in Mrs. Holley's books (see 32 herein). Taliaferro 241n (commenting on Hooker's map): "One of the earliest maps of Texas to show all of Texas to the Arkansas River, including the Panhandle." In the present copy of A Visit to Texas, the map is in an early state, without Filisola's grant, lines of latitude and longitude, etc. Interestingly, within our Auctions 7 and 8, there are four distinct issues of the Hooker map, the one found here, and another in the copy of the 1836 Holley which we offer herein (see 32 below). In our Auction 7 (Autry-Rosenstock Sale), there are two more distinct variants of the map, one in the 1833 Holley and another in the 1836 Holley. ($2,000-4,000)

22. FOLSOM, G. F. Mexico in which is Added an Account of Texas and Yucatan, and of the Santa Fe Expedition. New York: Wiley & Putnam, et al., 1842. 256 pp., folding colored map showing Texas as an independent Republic. 16mo, original brown embossed cloth. Upper joint neatly repaired, else fine and bright, the map excellent.
        First edition. Eberstadt 162:301: "The last hundred pages relate to Texas from 1832 to 1842, and include the correspondence of Bee and Hamilton with Santa Anna in 1841 and 1842." Graff 1372. Plains & Rockies IV:86 & 91. Rader 1423. Raines, p. 83. Rittenhouse 694. Streeter 1413. Contains a previously unpublished narrative of the Santa Fe expedition by Franklin Combs, a seventeen-year old Kentuckian, one of the small group that included Kendall and Falconer, who had gone on the expedition as guests. ($1,000-2,000)

23. [FRANKLIN, Benjamin (printer & typesetter)]. Five Franklin imprints in three vols.: DELL, William. The Trial of Spirits.... 55 pp. [Bound with]: __________. The Doctrine of Baptisms.... 53 pp. [And]: LAW, William. An Extract from Treatise.... 46 pp. (lacks final leaf). Philadelphia: B. Franklin & D. Hall, 1759, 1760, 1760. 12mo, contemporary sheep-backed boards. Worn & browned. Miller 726, 702, 731. * WOLLASTON, William. The Religion of Nature Delineated. London: S. Palmer, 1725. 218 pp., woodcut device (printer at press) on title, woodcut vignettes, initials, and tailpiece. Small 4to, contemporary paneled calf (covers worn, upper cover detached, inappropriate modern leather over spine). Interior very fine, with note on provenance from an owner in 1863, tracing the copy back its original owner. Second edition (the first printing [1722] not offered for sale). Franklin states in his autobiography that he set the type for this book ("At Palmer's I was employ'd in Composing for the second [sic] Edition of Woollaston's [sic] Religion of Nature...."). * BARCLAY, Robert. The Anarchy of the Ranters, and Other Libertines.... Philadelphia: B. Franklin & D. Hall, 1757. Small 8vo, contemporary sheep, later red leather label. Worn and shaken (some leaves detached). Title chipped (affecting a few letters), top right quarter of first leaf of preface missing. Miller 655. (3 vols.) ($600-800)

24. FRÉMONT, John C. Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-'44. Washington: [Senate 174, 28th Congress, 2d Session] Gales and Seaton, 1845. 693 pp., 22 lithographic plates (views, fossils, botany, 17 by Weber), 5 maps (including large folding map in rear pocket). 8vo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth. Expertly rebacked (original spine preserved). Edge wear and occasional mild foxing to text, overall fine, the large map superb.
        First edition, the Senate issue, with the astronomical and meteorological observations omitted from subsequent editions. Cowan, p. 223. Edwards, pp. 89-90. Graff 1436. Grolier American Hundred 49. Howes F370. Plains & Rockies IV:115:1. The maps are one of the outstanding features of this pivotal report. Wheat, Gold Region 21; Transmississippi West 497 & II, 194-200: "[Frémont's] report and the Frémont (Preuss) map which accompanied it, changed the entire picture of the West and made a lasting contribution to cartography.... An altogether memorial document in the cartographic history of the West, and for it alone Fremont would deserve to be remembered in history." Zamorano Eighty 39. ($750-1,500)

25. GÁLVEZ, José de. Letter signed in Spanish to Francisco Palóu referring to Portolá and the Californias. Sta. Cruz de Tepic, February 13, 1768. 1 p., folio, on Holy Trinity watermarked paper. Lightly soiled along fold lines, ragged left margin, few small chips and tears, still very good.
        At the time that Gálvez (Dicc. Porrúa, p. 1136) wrote this letter, he was serving as Visitador to New Spain and organizing the Portolá expedition (Dicc. Porrúa, p. 2320), which established the first permanent settlements in Upper California. Gálvez writes to Palóu (Dicc. Porrúa, p. 2189), president of the California missions and biographer of his co-worker, Father Junípero Serra (Dicc. Porrúa, p. 2725). Gálvez specifically mentions the Portolá expedition and California: "In answer to the letter of Your which you inform me of your arrival at that Hospice, accompanied by the three Padres (Miguél de la Campa y Cos, Dionisio Basterra, and Juan de Medina Beytia] who followed you; and respecting various orders given by Colonel Don Domingo Elizondo, started out on the march to Sonora by land with his [Catalan] Dragoons and informed by Captain [Gaspar de] Portolá that he would send to San Blas promptly, some of the benches that he took to the Californias...." ($3,000-5,000)

26. GILES, L. B. Terry's Texas Rangers. [Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1911]. 105 pp., title decorated with Lone Star. 16mo, original gilt-lettered brown cloth. Superb copy in original cloth.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 75: "One of the best memoirs of the famous 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment.... The unit entered the war 1,200 strong, fought and claimed victory in over 200 battles, and wound up with scarcely enough men to form a single company. H. Bailey Carroll called it...`one of the rarest pieces of Texana.'" Coulter, Travels in the Confederate States 184. Dornbusch 1059. Howes G168. Nevins, CWB I:93. Parrish, Civil War Texana 34. Vandale 72. ($1,000-2,000)

27. GRANADOS Y GÁLVEZ, J. J. Tardes americanas.... Mexico: Zúniga y Ontiveros, 1778. [72] 540 pp., 3 copperplate engravings (Toltecs and Chichimecas; Spirit of the Wheel; coronation of Nopal); woodcut diagram. 8vo, contemporary vellum with ties. Upper hinge cracked but cords still strong. Some light foxing and occasional thumbsoiling, worming to leaves Bb2-Rr1 (pp. 215-246), affecting a few words. Two of the plates shaved a little close at fore-edge. A very good copy of a rare book. Tan cloth clamshell case. Very fine.
        First edition. Field 620. Glass, p. 617: "Describes now unknown Testerian manuscript and unknown Tarascan manuscript." JCB III:2467. Leclerc I:147: "Un livre fort rare." Medina 7000. Palau 108426: "Obra estimada y rara." Pilling 1598. Sabin 28256. An unusual and interesting history of Mexico written in the form of a dialogue between a Native American and a Spaniard, of scholarly interest because of the inclusion of manuscripts on Mesoamerican prehistory that are now lost, along with much on the history of the nomadic tribes that inhabited Sonora and the Southwestern borderlands. ($3,000-5,000)

28. HANFORD, Albert. Albert Hanford's Texas State Register for 1876. Galveston: A. Hanford, 1876. 144 pp., large folding colored lithographed map (A. R. Roessler, New Map of the State of Texas Prepared and Published for Alfred Hanford's Texas State Register...; 18 x 19-1/4 inches). 12mo, original beige printed wrappers. Wraps and first leaf chipped and stained. Map browned, a few tiny holes and splits repaired. Very rare and important map.
        First edition. Raines, p. 107: "Advertising, statistics and general information." Taliaferro 352A & 349n: "Roessler's maps are the only printed maps that preserve the results of the Shumard survey, the state's first geological and agricultural survey." Winkler 3895. The map is illustrated in color in the 1985 Historic Texas Maps Datebook with this comment: "Roessler was one of those controversial self-promoters who seemed to flourish in Texas during the nineteenth [!] century... His maps are the best contemporary records of agricultural and mineral wealth." A. R. Roessler wrote two of the articles and drafted the rare map that accompanies this work. This excellent guide, includes articles on land, laws, immigration, stockraising, cattle drives in 1875, major cities, railroads, etc. ($3,000-5,000)

29. HANFORD, Albert. Texas State Register for 1878. Galveston: A. Hanford, 1878. 168 pp., large folding colored lithographed map (G. W. & C. B. Colton, New Map of the State of Texas for 1878. Prepared Expressly for Hanford's Texas State Register....; 18 x 25-1/4 inches; insets of Western Portion of the United States, Sabine Lake, and Galveston Bay). Very fine. Other than a few short splits at folds, the map is in excellent condition.
        First edition. Raines, p. 107. Taliaferro 367n. Another of Hanford's guides, this one with the rare Colton map on onion-skin paper. ($1,500-3,000)

30. HEAP, G. H. Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to California: Journal...from Missouri to California, in 1853. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, and Co., 1854. 136 [46, publisher's catalogue] pp., 13 tinted lithographic plates, lithographed foldout map (Map of the Central Route from the Valley of the Mississippi to California; 7-1/4 x 35 inches). 8vo, original tan cloth. Extremities chipped, contemporary ink ownership inscription and later pencil signature of L. R. Hafen. Editorial copy: This was the copy used by the Arthur H. Clark Company to create their scholarly reprint edited by LeRoy R. and Ann W. Hafen, and the text has been detached from the binding. Pencil notes for the printer appear throughout the book. With the original edition is a copy of the Clark reprint, two versions of the editors' typescripts with numerous manuscript changes, editors' galleys and page proof corrections. Very instructive and interesting to see the transition from original edition to scholarly edition, as well as the inner workings of the great Clark publishing firm.
        First edition. Cowan, p. 273. Howes H378. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 110-11: "The earliest published account of Death Valley.... Of all the journals and diaries telling of the Mojave desert crossing, none appears comparable to the Heap in sheer readability and in picturesque descriptive quality." Graff 1837. Plains & Rockies IV:235. Rittenhouse 290. Wheat, Transmississippi West 808 & III, pp. 197-201: "This is the first attempt on a published map to show the 1849 Death Valley pioneer route.... Heap's was the earliest published map to show the middle Rocky Mountain region, through what is now southern Colorado." ($1,500-3,000)

31. HEARTSILL, W. W. Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days, in the Confederate Army. A Journal...or Camp Life; Day-to-Day, of the W. P. Lane Rangers. From April 19th 1861, to May 10th 1865. [Marshall: Printed by author, 1876]. [8] 264 [2, blank] [1, "List of Dead"] pp., 61 original albumen photographs (including frontispiece of Capt. Sam J. Richardson in his leopard-skin pants), photos mounted on leaves with printed identifications below each. 8vo, original black cloth, spine lettered in silver. Other than some light spotting to covers, a remarkably fine, clean, and complete copy in original condition, of a legendary Texas and Civil War rarity.
        First edition of "probably the most unique book in the entire field of soldier narratives" (Llerena Friend). Basic Texas Books 89: "The rarest and most coveted book on the American Civil War. Only one hundred copies were printed, of which merely a handful have survived.... Heartsill printed the journal himself, one page at a time, on an 'Octavo Novelty press,' a crude machine which cost about ten dollars. The press was kept at Heartsill's store, and the printing done at odd times when business was slack.... The unit spent the first year of the war in Texas fighting Indians and protecting the western frontier at such places as Fort Clark, Fort Inge, and Camp Wood. Heartsill's account adds substantially to our very sketchy knowledge of Texas at this time, containing information on ranching activities, Indian and Mexican affairs, and natural history." Coulter 224.
        Harwell, In Tall Cotton 86: "This book would be of considerable interest because of the homespun way in which it was produced, even if it were devoid of any other virtues. It is, however, a good narrative in its own right—of the early days of the war in Texas, of operations in Arkansas and Louisiana, of Heartsill’s capture and imprisonment in the North, of his travels through the north to City Point, Virginia, for exchange. After some time in Richmond he was attached to Brag's army in time to participate in the Battle of Chickamauga. Then slowly back to Texas through Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. For a while he guarded Federal prisoners in Camp Ford at Tyler, Texas. He and his comrades in the W. P. Lane Rangers were finally disbanded near Navasota May 10, 1865." Howes H380. Raines, p. 111. Winkler-Friend 3778. Vandale 85. ($28,000-35,000)

32. HOLLEY, Mary Austin. Texas. Lexington, 1836. [2] viii, 410 pp., folding map of Texas with grants hand-colored (Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas. W. Hooker Sculpt.; 10-7/16 x 13-1/2 inches). 16mo, original brown cloth backed with later dark brown leather. Title repaired on verso to fill a void (measuring about 1-1/2 x 1 inches); no loss of text on title. Another smaller repair on dedication leaf to Stephen F. Austin (again, no loss of text). First signature loose, occasional mild foxing to text. Other than a few short splits at folds and minor chipping to left blank margin, the Hooker map is fine and vividly colored. Although Mrs. Holley's 1833 book typically commands a higher price, this 1836 publication is actually more rare in commerce.
        First edition of one of the most influential of the early books on Texas, with early printings of official documents and reports of the newly forming Republic. Basic Texas Books 94: "An entirely different book from Mrs. Holley's 1833 volume, this contains a great deal more information on Texas history, geography, and society." Clark, Old South III:56n. Fifty Texas Rarities 15. Graff 1935. Howes H593. Raines, p. 116. Streeter 1207. Vandale 88. Hooker's map that accompanies the book is one of the outstanding features of this classic Texana; here it appears in an intermediate state, with Filisola's grant stamped (rather than printed) "now Filisola," the printed designation "Copano" replaced with ink manuscript "Corpus Christi," addition of "Droves of Wild Cattle & Horses," etc. The Hooker map also appeared as a separate, in Mrs. Holley's 1833 book, and A Visit to Texas (see 21 herein). ($4,000-6,000)

33. HOUSE, E. A Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Horn, and Her Two Children, with Mrs. Harris, by the Camanche Indians, after They Had Murdered Their Husbands and Travelling Companions; with a Brief Account of the Manners and Customs of that Nation of Savages, of Whom So Little Is Generally Known. St. Louis: C. Keemle, Printer, 1839. 60 pp. 12mo, original lower printed board (only). Signatures secured at top by a three-inch strip of rawhide (very primitive and perhaps even a bit appealing in its crudity, at least to connoisseurs of no-apologies-required Americana). Worn, foxed and stained. Title-page deacidified and one tear closed; last eight leaves with small tears at inner margins toward bottom of each leaf (a few letters affected).
        First edition of one of the most elusive Western American imprints. Ayer 134. Graff 1973. Field 715. Howes H642. Missouri Imprints 244. Plains & Rockies IV:74:1. Streeter 1347 (locating 7 copies, none in Texas, though I know of one copy in a private collection): "This book, famous as an Indian captivity, has in its earlier pages (6-8) Mrs. Horn's account of joining Beales's expedition to the colony he was establishing in Texas, which sailed from New York, November 11, 1833...and of the journey across southwest Texas from Copano, where they landed, by way of Bexar and Presidio Rio Grande to the site of Dolores, the proposed capital of the settlement.... Mrs. Horn and her family found life in Dolores full of hardship but they stayed there until March 8, 1836, when they joined a company of eleven men to undertake the journey to Matamoros. On April 4th, after they had reached the Nueces River, their wagon train was attacked by Indians. The men of the party were killed while Mrs. Horn and two of her children and Mrs. Harris were made captive. Mrs. Horn was ransomed in New Mexico in the fall of 1837. This account was reprinted by Carl Coke Rister's Comanche Bondage (Glendale: Clark, 1955), who commented on its scarcity and spoke of "its narration of stark realism, of primitive Indian life, and of terrible cruelty and grim tragedy." ($4,000-6,000)

34. IKIN, Arthur. Texas: Its History, Topography, Agriculture, Commerce, and General Statistics. To Which is Added, A Copy of the Treaty of Commerce Entered into by the Republic of Texas and Great Britain. Designed for the Use of the British Merchant, and as a Guide to Emigrants. London, 1841. viii, 100 pp., woodcut vignette of Alamo on title, folding lithographed map with original red outline coloring (A. Ikin, Map of Texas; 9-1/4 x 8 inches). 16mo, original plum ribbed cloth gilt lettered TEXAS on upper cover (expertly rebacked in matching cloth). Cloth at top edge of upper cover faded, two small repairs to blank margins of title, edges of front free endpaper strengthened, map strengthened at folds. Very rare guide.
        First edition. Fifty Texas Rarities 23. Graff 2061. Clark, Old South III:84. Howes I6: "Written by the first Texan consul in London to attract purchasers of Texas land, then being sold at seven shillings an acre." Raines, p. 123. Streeter 1384 (locating 3 copies in Texas, two of which lack the map): "An excellent assembly of the information a prospective emigrant from Great Britain would like to have about Texas. Ikin had arrived in Texas in January, 1841, as the bearer of two of the three treaties between England and Texas, signed in November, 1840.... Undoubtedly this book was published as a step in the promotion of the interests of Arthur Ikin and his father Jonathan in projects for colonization of Texas." Vandale 94. ($3,000-6,000)

35. JEFFERSON, Thomas. Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of...edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Charlottesville, [Virginia]: F. Carr, 1829. [10] 466 + [4] 500 + [4] 519 + [4] 532 pp., stipple-engraved portrait of Jefferson after Gilbert Stuart's painting, 4 folding facsimiles (Jefferson's hand-written draft of the Declaration of Independence with corrections and additions of Franklin and Adams). 4 vols., original purple muslin over drab blue boards, uncut, remains of original printed paper labels. Bindings faded and stained, text foxed, lower joint of vol. 4 split. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of Dr. Garrett.
        First edition. Howes R60. "Jefferson's 'Rough Draft' with the interlined corrections of Adams and Franklin was the basis of a fair copy which Congress discussed from July 2 until July 4" (Grolier American Hundred 15). With three other imprints (all first editions) related to Jefferson: * [LINN, William]. Serious Considerations on the Election of a President. New York: John Furman, 1800. 8vo, sewn. Foxed, marginal chipping. Howes L65. * [ROGERS, Nicholas?]. Observations upon Certain Passages in Mr. Jefferson's Notes on Virginia Which Appear to Have a Tendency to Subvert Religion, and Establish a False Philosophy. New York, 1804. 8vo, later three-quarter green cloth over marbled boards. Mild browning to title. VAN NESS, [William P.], et al. The the Great Cause of the People against Harry Croswell on an Indictment for a libel on Thomas Jefferson.... New York: G. & R. Waite, 1804. 78 pp. 8vo, disbound. Foxed. Howes V38. ($600-1,200)

36. JEFFERSON, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia.... London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1787. [4] 382 pp. (lacking final blank), folding copper-engraved map on thick paper with original outline coloring (A Map of the Country Between Albemarle Sound, and Lake Erie, Comprehending the Whole of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pensylvania....; 23-1/2 x 23-1/4 inches). 8vo, full contemporary calf. Binding worn, covers detached, edges darkened, title with marginal browning and a few light foxmarks. The rare map has one long split at the top fold and a few short tears repaired (no losses), but is otherwise fine. This copy is definitely worth restoring.
        First authorized edition (first published in Paris in 1782 [actually 1785] for private circulation; the present edition is a reprint of the Paris original, issued with Jefferson's approval, and with his grand map which accompanied the Paris edition). JCB 3(2)3131. Howes J78. Sabin 35896. Schwartz & Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America, p. 209: "The only map attributed to Jefferson." DAB: "The Notes on the State of Virginia went through many editions and laid the foundations of Jefferson's high contemporary reputation as a universal scholar and of his present fame as a pioneer American scientist. Unpretentious in format and statistical in character, this extraordinarily informing and generally interesting book may still be consulted with profit about the geography and productions, the social and political life, of eighteenth-century Virginia. With ardent patriotism as well as zeal for truth, Jefferson combated the theories of Buffon and Raynal in regard to the degeneracy of animal and intellectual life in America, and he manifested great optimism in regard to the future of the country". ($7,000-12,000)

37. KENDALL, George W. Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, Comprising a Description of a Tour Through Texas, and Across the Great Southwestern Prairies, the Camanche and Caygüa Hunting-Grounds, with an Account of the Sufferings from Want of Food, Losses from Hostile Indians, and Final Capture of the Texans, and Their March, as Prisoners, to the City of Mexico.... New York: Harper and Brothers, 1844. 405 + xii, [11]-406 pp., 5 engraved plates, folding map (KEMBLE, W. Texas and Part of Mexico & the United States...; 15-7/8 x 11-1/8 inches). 2 vols., 12mo, original dark brown cloth, gilt pictorial spines. Spinal extremities neatly mended with matching cloth, binding bright and fine except for some wear to corners, endpapers foxed, first signature of Vol. 2 sprung, withal a very good, clean set, the plates and map excellent. Contemporary pencil ownership inscription dated September 7, 1844. Preserved in an acid-free folding box.
        First edition, first issue (1844 at foot of spine) of the best account of the abortive 1841 Republic of Texas expedition to establish jurisdiction over Santa Fe. Basic Texas Books 116: "Not only is this the best account of the Santa Fé Expedition, it is one of the best campaign narratives ever written." Fifty Texas Rarities 26. Graff 2304. Howes K75. Martin & Martin 34 (citing the map): "The map, along with the narrative, stimulated renewed interest in Texas and represented another major step toward the inevitable solution to the Texas question later in the decade." Plains & Rockies IV:110:1. Raines, p. 131: "No Texas library complete without it." Rittenhouse 347. Streeter 1515 (cited as one of the top forty books for a Texas collection). Wheat, Transmississippi West 483. (2 vols.) ($600-1,000)

38. [LE MONS, John]. The Adventures of a Cowboy. Montana Charley, the Champion Long Distance Tourist Horseback Rider of America [caption title]. [Elkhart, Indiana, ca. 1900]. 30 pp., text illustrations. 8vo, original beige wrappers with author's photograph on front and back. Other than a few light stains to lower wrap, an exceptionally fine copy, preserved in a half navy blue morocco slipcase and chemise. Presentation inscription in ink dated 1905 signed "From a Cowpuncher." One pencil correction to text (correcting author's birth year to from 1823 to 1853.
        First edition. A mystery book, not in Adams (contains both outlaw and ranching material), Howes, etc. We find no copies offered on the market, nor are any copies located by either RLIN or OCLC. Montana Charley states in his preface: "Dear Readers: I am not going to write any cock and bull story, but what I write is from experience and from facts...." The author cowboyed and adventured in Kansas, Texas, California, Colorado, the Black Hills, Montana, Utah, and all over the West. He tells of driving large herds of cattle while working for James D. Reed, "Cattle King of the West" (see article in the New Handbook of Texas). The author states: "I went riding for Jim Reed 'One Arm,' Tom Ward 'Red Face,' and Ethan Titus, the three men that started the first cattle syndicate in this [Texas] country... I was one of the body guards while in the employ of the cattle company. Starting with 10,000 head of stock in one band, the largest up to that time ever driven over the Texas and Kansas trail, we arrived near Dodge City, Kansas...." Le Mons tells of the dangers and "sunshine" of cowboy and Western life, with descriptions of cattle rustlers (he considered them more dangerous than Indians), dangers of cattle stampedes in thunderstorms at night, cattle driving in California and Baja, how he was known as "The Mysterious Kid" in his Black Hills days; serving as deputy sheriff in Pueblo, Colorado and as Deputy U.S. Marshal in Washington Territory at the time of the Black Diamond Range trouble, etc. The latter part of the book is devoted to the author's late nineteenth century activities--exhibitions of broncho and trick riding, lasso throwing, long-distance riding, and "Roman chariot driving." At the end are his own medical remedies for cowboys, including "Night Sweats—the Beginning of Consumption" and "Piles—Almost an Epidemic Among Riders" (we will spare you the details on that one). ($3,400-5,500)

39. LEWIS, Meriwether & William Clark. Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean.... London: Longman, et al., 1814. xxiv, 663 [1, ads] pp., large folding map, 5 charts on 3 leaves. 4to, contemporary three-quarter tan calf over brown and blue marbled boards, (expertly rebacked, original gilt-stamped spine and black leather labels retained). Lacking half title. Spine labels slightly chipped, hinges strengthened with Japanese tissue, front free endpaper abraded and with a few small voids, title slightly soiled (deacidified and with a few small neat repairs), occasional light fox marks in text (primarily opposite the plates). Map backed with cartographical linen at a very early date. A handsome and desirable copy. Preserved in a folding box.
        First English edition of "the most important of all overland narratives" (Streeter, Americana-Beginnings 52). "The English quarto edition of the same year, textually identical except for the omission of the appendix and Jefferson's tribute to Lewis, is much the superior" (Plains & Rockies V:13:2). Graff 2480. Grolier American Hundred 30n. Howes L317. Printing & the Mind of Man 272n. Wheat, Transmississippi West 317 & II, pp. 56-59 (noting that, except or a few minor variations, the map in the London edition is the same as that in the Philadelphia edition of the same year): "The 1814 map was the progenitor of many later maps, and one of the most influential ever drawn." ($5,000-10,000)

40. [LOS ANGELES]. OLIVER, J. A. & S. Armor (compilers). Directory of Los Angeles for 1875. A Register of the Residents of the City, A Classified Business Directory, Time Tables, Etc., Etc. Los Angeles: Printed at the Mirror Book and Job Printing Office, 1875. [i] [ii, blank] 1-88 [i-ii, ad] 89-174, 175 [pastedown] pp. (Title-pages: [i] & [3]; ads on pastedowns and throughout text; one leaf of ads inserted between pages 32 and 33; another leaf of ads mounted to page 174). 8vo, original black leather over original printed boards, spine gilt-stamped with advertisement: "Saddles and Harness, S. C. Foy, 17 Los Angeles Street." Very light general wear and rubbing, joints with some expert repair, one leaf (pp. 45/46) with small hole just touching two letters. Altogether, a remarkably clean, sound copy of a very rare nineteenth-century directory of Los Angeles.
        First edition of the earliest obtainable complete guide to Los Angeles. This is the second directory of Los Angeles, the first being the near-legendary Los Angeles City and County Directory (1872), which is considered one of the rarest of Western books, with no complete copy known. Cowan p. 170. Quebedeaux, pp. 72-73: "The early part of 1875 was a prosperous time in California. In April of that year, E. J. (Lucky) Baldwin bought the Santa Anita Rancho, having just sold his large interest in the Ophir mines of the Comstock Lode for a sum reputed to be over $5 million. The influence of the riches of the Comstock Mines, though mainly affecting San Francisco, extended also to Los Angeles. The natural resources of Southern California were gradually being uncovered and developed; a great deal of subdivision of large tracts in the vicinity of the city was being undertaken, and many little outlying towns and settlements were getting their start."
        The preface declares (p. 70): "The present area of the city is four square leagues.... The principal business is done on Main, Spring, Temple, Raquena, Los Angeles, Commercial, Arcadia, Aliso, and Alameda streets. The northern portion is occupied chiefly by the Spanish population and is called Sonora. Within the eastern border runs the Los Angeles River, which supplies the city with water for irrigating and domestic uses.... The southeastern part is mainly devoted to the culture of fruit, while the southern and southwestern portions are rapidly filled up with villas and suburban residences, interspersed with vineyards and orange orchards." ($4,000-8,000)

41. [LOS ANGELES]. Los Angeles Telephone Co.; Los Angeles Exchange. Los Angeles, April 15th, 1882. [3] pp. 9-1/2 x 6 inches. Original printed cardstock. Slight uniform darkening to front cover, a few light creases and one very small closed tear, else very good. A true modern rarity.
        The first Los Angeles telephone book, listing a mere ninety souls and offering these simple instructions: "To call central office, ring two bells. Give telephone number." On April 3, 1882, the City passed an ordinance granting the Los Angeles Telephone Company the right to begin the erection of telephone poles within city limits. The first telephone office was located in the old River Rail Station, bringing telephone service to the people of Los Angeles six years after Alexander Graham Bell's pivotal invention. Nifty, fun, and a wonderful exhibit piece, too. ($3,000-5,000)

42. MARCY, R. B. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the Year 1852.... Washington: [House unnumbered, 33rd Congress, 1st Session] A. O. P. Nicholson, 1854. xv [1] 286 pp., 65 lithographed plates (some on tinted grounds; including long folding colored geographical profile of Texas from Washington County to Fort Belknap). 2 large folding maps in separate map folder. 2 vols., 8vo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth. Occasional light foxing, but a much cleaner, brighter copy than normally found. Map folder expertly reinforced with matching cloth at spine, contemporary paper label with ink ms. notation of maps on upper cover, nineteenth-century library label of Emory College Library within. An excellent copy, preserved in a cloth folding box. This book is not difficult to find, but locating a copy with the maps and in fine collector's condition is a bit of a challenge.
        First edition, third issue. Basic Texas Books 135B: "Marcy found both branches of the Red River and the source of each. He was the first Anglo-American to discover and explore Palo Duro Canyon and Tule Canyon.... Marcy described in detail the little-known Wichita tribe and compiled the first Wichita dictionary." Clark, Old South III:354. Holman & Tyler, Texas Lithographs 1818-1900: "The first lithographic documentation of the Palo Duro Canyon." Howes M276. Meisel III, p. 144. Plains & Rockies IV:226:3. Sabin 44512: "Authentic information regarding the peculiar customs of the Indians of the southern Plains. Their mode of warfare, their invariable violation of the chastity of female prisoners, and the construction of their dwellings and villages." Wheat, Transmississippi West 791 & 792, pp. 15-16: "Marcy's map [is] one of the best of the period...No southern emigrant could afford to be without this map." ($500-800)

43. MELISH, John. A Geographical Description of the United States, with the Contiguous Countries, including Mexico and the West Indies...A New Edition, Greatly Improved. Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1822. 12 maps [4, ads for Melish's maps, atlases, and books] viii [9] 491 [1] [15, index], 12 engraved maps (city plans {District of Columbia, Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, etc.}; Map of National Road between Cumberland and Wheeling; Outlet of Columbia River). 8vo, original black sheep over marbled boards. Binding rubbed and worn, joints cracked, text browned. Preserved in a terracotta cloth slipcase and chemise.
        "New edition" (first published in 1815 and reissued regularly, with the first extensive revision being this 1822 edition). Howes M490. The section on "Western Territory" includes the final map noted above and information derived from Lewis & Clark; the Mexico section includes "Old and New California," New Mexico, and Texas. ($150-300)

44. [MONTANA]. The Dynamiter; or the Story of Isaac Gravelle. One of the Greatest Cases of Circumstantial Evidence Known. Helena: State Publishing Co., [ca. 1900]. 113 pp., frontispiece photographic portrait of Gravelle (looking very intense), 2 plates. 8vo, original beige wrapper lettered and decorated in red (lower wrapper lacking). Worn upper wrapper expertly restored, else fine. Preserved in a tan cloth folding box.
        First edition. Adams, Guns 1530: "Very rare. Gives a full history of Isaac Gravelle, the Montana outlaw." Not in Herd. OCLC locates only the copy at University of Oregon. No copies traced on RLIN. Gravelle was a French Canadian who came to Montana when it was only "sparsely settled [and] its great plains were covered by vast herds of cattle.... He rode over the plains and through the forests of Montana in search of straying cattle.... To direct the movements of a great herd of cattle, to ride about them and to bring them, after many difficulties and hardships to the place of destination, was for him a great triumph. Gravelle could never grasp thoroughly the idea that there could be any absolute ownership in such immense herd of animals, and here is the defect in his make-up that led to his first trouble." Gravelle became "the most valuable employee of the Montana stockmen" (including Henry Altmann) and a "hero among the cowboys" who said: "That man can ride anything that wears hair." Gravelle's downward spiral began when the Montana legislature passed laws establishing severe penalties against cattle rustlers. ($2,500-5,000)

45. [NAVAL]. BATTLESHIP TEXAS. Set of blueprint plans & specifications, entitled: U.S.S. Texas Battleship No. 35. Booklet of General Plans Prepared at Norfolk Navy Yard after Major Alterations. Norfolk, Virginia, 1925. 16 sheets (including title cover) of blue prints (all but two measure 8-1/2 x 20-3/4 inches; two measure 17 x 41-1/2 inches). Additional notes in red pencil and ink. Some staining at right margins (not affecting legibility, and no losses).
        These highly detailed and historic blueprints were created in 1925 for the major modernization overhaul of the Battleship Texas. The ship was refitted with oil-fired boilers, fire-fighting equipment and her superstructure was updated (cage masts replaced with a single tripod foremast) following which it was designated flagship for the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Fleet. The Battleship Texas, now a memorial at the San Jacinto State Park, is one of the most historic U.S. naval fighting ships of all times. The christening of the ship in 1912 was captured by a movie camera, and that film is thought to be the first motion picture of a U.S. Navy ship-launching. The U.S.S. Texas saw her first action in Mexico, when Woodrow Wilson imposed sanctions against Mexico and occupied Veracruz for several months. The ship served in the Atlantic Fleet and the British Grand Fleet during World War I and was used for tactical exercises until 1918, operating in the North Sea. The U.S.S. Texas was present at the surrender of the German Imperial Fleet in 1918 and participated in escorting Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference. In 1919, she became the first U.S. battleship to carry an airplane when a British Sopwith "Camel" flew off the battleship; she also participated in the first tests for radar in 1938.
        After convoying ships carrying Lend-Lease material to Great Britain in 1939, the U.S.S. Texas was assigned escort duty (1940-1941) in the North Atlantic and supported Allied landings in North Africa in 1942. On D-Day the ship was the flagship for the bombardment group supporting Allied landings on Omaha Beach, taking a bad hit on June 25, 1944. After repair, the U.S.S. Texas supported landings in Southern France (Normandy), Iowa Jima, and Okinawa, thereafter proceeding to the Philippines. She earned five battle stars in World War II. In 1948, following over thirty-four years of naval service, she became the nation's first memorial battleship and a national historic landmark. See New Handbook of Texas and Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Vol. VII, pp. 115-118). ($2,000-4,000)

46. [NEWSPAPER]. MASSACHUSETTS. Lot of 4 newspapers, all folio, 4 pp., each framed: * The Boston and Country Gazette Journal. No. 1040. March 20, 1775. Stained. * The Essex Gazette VII:345. Salem, March 7, 1775. * The Independent Chronicle and Universal Advertiser. XIV:703. Boston, February 14, 1782. * New England Chronicle: or, the Essex Gazette. III:376. Cambridge, October 12, 1775.
        Good Revolutionary content, with dispatches from Washington, Hancock, et al. Of course the Revolutionary material is "highly important," but I confess a certain indefinable affection for an ad in the Independent Chronicle: "A young Woman, of a good Character, with a young Breast of Milk, would be glad to go into a Family to suckle. Inquire of the Printer." Brigham I, pp. 298-303, 394-96, 307-11. (4 vols.) ($200-400)

47. [NEWSPAPER]. MISSISSIPPI. The Natchez Daily Courier. One issue. VIII (No. 246). Natchez, September 15, 1860. Includes National Union Ticket with John Bell of Tennessee for President and Edward Everett of Massachusetts for Vice President. ($30-60)

48. [NEWSPAPER]. MONTANA. Helena Weekly Herald. 4 issues. VII (Nos. 13, 32, 35, & 39). Helena, February 20, July 3, July 24, & August 21, 1873. Early Montana imprints with good content--"Montana Beef: Stock Growing Capacity of the Fair Northwest," the usual lawlessness, neat ads. ($150-300)

49. [NEWSPAPER]. NEW MEXICO. The Daily New Mexican. One issue. Vol. VII (no number designated). Santa Fe, August 21, 1875. In English and Spanish. General Pope & opening of the road from La Joya to Cieneguita; politics; news from El Paso; murder of the white son-in-law of Delaware Black Beaver by an "Indian chieftain" on the Washita; ads; etc. ($50-100)

50. [NEWSPAPER]. TEXAS. The Galveston Tri-Weekly News. 5 issues. Vol. XXII (Nos. 90, 100, 102, 113), Vol. XXIII (No. 46). Houston: W. Richardson, February 12, February 26, March 2, March 27, October 19, 1864. Crandall 5280. Texas Confederate imprints. Civil War news. ($400-800)

51. [NEWSPAPER]. TEXAS. The Houston Daily Telegraph. 4 issues. Vol. XXIX (No. 60), Vol. XXX (Nos. 4, 71, & 72), Houston: E. H. Cushing, March 2, March 28, June 15, & June 16, 1864. Crandall 5199. Texas Confederate imprints. Content superb. ($300-600)

52. NORRIS, Frank. Works. New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1928. Frontispiece, leaf of manuscript for McTeague tipped in. 10 vols., 8vo, full maroon morocco gilt, boards elaborately blocked in gilt, spine lavishly tooled in gilt, gilt dentelles, t.e.g. Light wear to extremities, otherwise fine.
        Limited edition (245 copies with manuscript leaf). BAL 15049. Lohf 7. Sheehy 3. Gaer, p. 8. The publication of this set was a major event in American literary history; prefaces and introductions to the various volumes were supplied by Theodore Dreiser (his to McTeague), H. L. Mencken, Irving Cobb, Christopher Morley, Kathleen Norris, Rupert Hughes, Will Irwin, Grant Overton, Juliet Wilbor Tomkins, and Charles G. Norris. ($2,000-3,000)

53. [PAINE, Thomas]. Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America...A New Edition, with Several additions in the Body of the Work...Together with an Address to the People Called Quakers.... Philadelphia, Printed; London, Re-printed: For J. Almon, opposite Burlington-House in Piccadilly, 1776. [4] 54 pp. (half title not present). 12mo, later cloth.
        First British edition of one the perennial documents of anti-tyranny. Howes P17: "This first appeal for separation from England...really paved the way for the July Declaration of Independence." With this are two other Paine titles: * The Age of Reason....the Sixth American Edition.... Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1794. 158 pp. 12mo, full nineteenth-century black roan (joints cracked). Evans 27464. * Rights of Man; Part the Second, Combining Principle and Practice. London: H. D. Symonds, 1792. 96 pp. 12mo, sewn. Upper right corner of last half of book with old stab hole obliterating page numbers and an occasional letter or word. Howes 32. ($500-1,000)

54. PARKMAN, Francis. The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life. New York: George P. Putnam; London: Putnam's American Agency, 1849. 448 [7, ads] pp., engraved pictorial frontispiece & title on tinted grounds (by Darley). 8vo, original blind-stamped green cloth. Light to moderate shelf wear, hinges neatly strengthened, two small chips to blank margin of title (no losses), occasional mild foxing.
        First edition, second printing. BAL 15446. Cowan, p. 474. Field 1177. Graff 3201. Grolier American Hundred 58: "Parkman's most popular work...The classic account of the immigrant journey to the Rockies." Howes P97. Hubach, p. 100: "No other contains a more graphic presentation of the panorama of Western migration during this period: the wagon trains met along the way, the emigrant camps, the Indians, the trappers, and the buffalo hunters." Plains & Rockies IV:170. Printing & the Mind of Man 327: "Parkman joined a band of Sioux, living and travelling with them into the Laramie Mountains." Rittenhouse 450. Smith 7904. ($1,500-3,000)

55. PIKE, Z. M. An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi and through the Western Parts of Louisiana, to the Sources of the Arkansaw.... Philadelphia: C. & A. Conrad, et al., 1810. [8] 105 [1, blank] [9] [1 blank] [107]-277 [3, blank] [2] 66, 53 [1, blank], 87 pp., 4 maps, 2 charts, portrait, 3 tables. Thick 8vo, original full tree calf, red morocco labels. Occasional light staining, and mild uniform age-toning to text, otherwise fine. One map (A Chart of the Internal Part of Louisiana) with two voids, affecting a word or two and part of right margin). An extra map from the French edition is provided. Otherwise, the maps are very good to very fine, with the usual little flaws, such as short breaks at folds (most of which have been mended). Maps and charts in a separate acid-free folding box.
        First edition of the first U.S. government exploration of the Southwest. Basic Texas Books 163: "The beginning of serious interest in Texas." Field 1217. Graff 3290. Howes P373. Martin & Martin 24 (citing the map). Plains & Rockies IV:9. Raines, p. 165. Rittenhouse 467. Streeter, p. 328 (citing the book as especially desirable for a Texas collection): "Its early date and its writer make it a foundation piece.... [T]he account of Texas in the appendix to Pike is the first, in English, for Texas as a whole. Three of its maps show Texas;" 1047: "Pike's account of the journey and of the week he spent in San Antonio, where he was handsomely entertained by the Spanish officials, makes interesting reading." Tate 2183. The maps, the first of the Southwest to be based on firsthand exploration, are considered "milestones in the mapping of the American West" (Wheat, Transmississippi West 297-99). ($6,000-10,000)

56. [PRINCE, Thomas (attrib.)]. The Vade Mecum for America: Or a Companion for Traders and Travellers. Boston: S. Kneeland and T. Green, for D. Henchman and T. Hancock, 1732. [8] 220 pp. Narrow 16mo, original sheep. Binding worn, joints cracked.
        A charming pocket-size road guide for the Colonial traveler. Evans 3598. Howes B616. Contains the names of towns and counties in New England, New York, New Jersey, etc., a description of the principal roads from the mouth of the Kennebec River to the James River in Virginia, names of streets in Boston, and taverns and public houses along the roads leading out of Boston and other points. * With a 1746 sermon by Prince. (2 vols.) ($800-1,400)

57. [RANCHING]. [BRANDS]. Printed pictorial certificate of brand and mark issued to Dionicio Botiller, completed in manuscript (red, black and sepia ink), signed by Thomas D. Mott (Recorder) and G. W. Gillette (deputy). Los Angeles, March 2, 1868. 1 p., folio (12-1/2 x 7-3/4 inches). Illustrated brand and earmark, red wax seal of the County of Los Angeles, stamp. Very fine.
    Very colorful exhibit piece—first of this type we have seen. ($1,000-2,000)

58. [RANCHING]. [CATTLE DRIVES & CATTLE TRADE]. STEELE, E. A. Manuscript journal. Kerrville, Texas, June 18, 1885-April 12, 1888. 192 pp., legibly written in ink on ruled ledger paper, thousands of brands and earmarks illustrated. Royal 8vo, original tan buckram ledger. Fine.
        Original documentation on nineteenth-century cattle trade, with good research and exhibit potential. The ledger contains Steele's record of cattle inspections, sales (mostly to Charles Schreiner), and cattle drives and shipments to New Mexico, Colorado, Indian Territory, various locations in Texas, and elsewhere. ($3,000-6,000)

59. RICHTHOFEN, Walter Baron von. Cattle-Raising on the Plains of North America. New York: Appleton, 1885. 102 [6, ads] pp. 12mo, original green cloth. Bookplate taped onto front free endpaper, otherwise very fine.
        First edition. Adams, Herd 1892: "A scarce little book dealing with the business side of cattle raising, giving tables of profits to be made. This, with several other books of its kind, helped to create the cattle boom of the eighties." Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 13. Graff 3499. Howes R273: "The Baron was a leading cattleman of Colorado and father of Germany’s famous flyer." Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 23. Reese, Six Score 90. ($350-500)

60. [ROSENSTOCK, FRED]. BOWER, Donald E. Fred Rosenstock: A Legend in Books & Art. N.p.: Northland Press, [1976]. [8] 212 [2] pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 8vo, original rose cloth over marbled boards. Mint in slipcase.
        Limited edition (#129 of 250 copies, in special binding and signed by Rosenstock and Bower). Biography of one of the truly great, old-time dealers in Americana, with lots of good book talk and a selection of entries from Rosenstock's 1931 catalogue of Americana (includes a folio edition of Audubon's Quadrupeds at $500). ($100-200)

61. STEELE, John. In Camp and Cabin. Mining Life and Adventure, in California during 1850 and Later. Lodi: Published by J. Steele, 1901. [2] 81 pp., printed in double column. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. One small stain on front free endpaper, otherwise very fine. Preserved in a half brown hard-grain morocco and fleece-lined cloth slipcase.
        First edition. Adams, Guns 2130 (noting rarity and presence of material on Joaquín Murieta). Cowan, p. 612. Graff 3964. Howes S924. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 598: "This detailed and important account of mining life is a sequel to Across the Plains. The three years of mining experience portrayed in this book was based on Steele's daily journal. Steele published the book fifty years after the adventure. According to the introduction: 'the author...faithfully delineated the everyday life and experience of the average miner.' He provided important information on mining techniques and laws while laboring in the Coloma District and on the Yuba and Feather Rivers." Plains & Rockies IV:244. A true modern rarity, cutting across several fields of collecting: Westward migration, California Gold Rush, lawlessness in the West. ($2,200-3,200)

62. SWIGERT, J. The Kentucky Justice; Comprising the Office and Authority of Justices of the Peace, Constables, Jailers, Coroners and Escheators, in the State of Kentucky.... Frankfort: Printed by Amos Kendall and Company, Printers for the State, 1823. viii, 267 pp., 12mo, original full sheep, black leather label. Other than mild shelf wear, a very good copy with contemporary ink ownership inscriptions and notes.
        First edition. Jillson, Rare Kentucky Books, p. 100 (noting only the 1838 edition): "The first and second editions are probably existent, but have not been seen." RLIN locates only the Yale copy and OCLC shows only microfilm. ($500-1,000)

63. TEXAS (Republic). BOARD OF TRAVELLING COMMISSIONERS FOR THE DETECTION OF FRAUDULENT LAND CERTIFICATES. Abstract of Land Certificates. Austin: Cruger & Wing, 1841. 356 pp. (p. 336 misnumbered 334). 4to, late nineteenth-century Austin binding of three-quarter sheep over marbled boards. Lower joint split (but strong), occasional light foxing, generally very fine. Very rare (only 200 copies printed).
        Second edition, with considerable additions (first edition, of which 1,000 copies were printed, came out at Houston in 1838, [182 pp.]). Basic Texas Books 204A: "One of the essential research tools on Texas lands and their settlement... Probably the nearest to a census of the Republic of Texas that exists." Howes T110 (lists the first edition and subsequent editions of 1852 and 1860, but not the present edition). Streeter 453: "This is a Texas 'Domesday' book with lists of over 20,000 Texas landowners, arranged alphabetically by counties, with the lists of each county subdivided again into holdings of first, second, and third class. Against each name are columns, for numbers of certificate, for land holdings, whether in leagues, labors, or acres, with a column for date, and a place for remarks. It is an invaluable source." ($15,000-25,000)

64. [TEXAS]. CARRIGHER, David. Lot of ten autograph letters signed (approximately 25 pp., folio & 4to), written to his family in Tennessee. Brenham, Bastrop County, Washington-on-the-Brazos, Austin, & Navarro County, 1844-1849. Written in blue and brown ink. Very legible and in fine condition. Integral addresses and some postal markings.
        A young literate Tennessee schoolmaster, budding Texas land speculator, and "G.T.T.-er" writes home vividly describing his life in Texas and giving a very good idea of what it was like to be a Texan in those early, impassioned years. Good content, sweeping across rapidly unfolding events from the Republic era through annexation, statehood, and the Mexican-American War. From the first letter we quote a passage in order to give an idea of the quality of the writer's words:

I again write you a history of matters and things of this young country. It seems that there is a glimmering light now beginning to throw its glorious rays around us which I trust will shortly shine with equal brightness to that of your own country. In adversity we have lived many wearisome years and now we hope for the beginning of a prosperous life; but all our flattering hopes may be nipped in the bud (God forbid), for those that contend for the liberty of conscience &c. shall not fail. All of the Texian prisoners that the Tyrant of Mexico has had so long in bondage in the castles of his country were lately released by a general order of his majesty's greatness Santa Anna the Dictator of that Country. Those prisoners who have been fortunate enough to survive their release from Mexican slavery have generally arrived safe at their homes in this land of promise where they are received with great rejoicing throughout the whole country. May they have the pleasure of returning like favors to the rulers of Mexico to chain & keep chained the same persons that chained them and those that were concerned in the same to punish them in this way until they are paid & well paid with lawful interest & rather than be nice, pay them compound interest.

There is still a talk of an Invasion of Texas this Winter or very early in the Spring of 45 by a strong Mexican Army.... The Indians of our country are all peaceable with us at this time but there is no telling how long they will keep their Bloody War knives sheathed.... I was out last spring & summer in the Indian & buffalo range. We sometimes came on small parties of Indians that appeared very fond of us, really proud to see us, in their country, judging from their actions & they commonly proved the fact that they were glad to see us in their nation, by the departure of day by stealing frequently more or less horses from our camp.... Buffalo were as plenty in their range as cattle in the settled parts of the country.... Times, times are harder here than they [have] ever been since the country was first settled. coin is out of the question, and not a great deal of anything else, only meat & Bread. There is no trading of property for money in hand at any price & very little is done on the promise of it....

(10 letters) ($1,000-2,000)

65. [TEXAS]. COTTON TRADE. Archive of 168 letters to Texas entrepreneur Thomas W. House, written by his Liverpool cotton brokers to him in Houston. Over 200 pp., 4to. Liverpool, 1865-1870. Very fine and legible.
        Primary research material on the Texas cotton trade and exchange in the international market in the immediate post-Civil War era. Cotton was King, and Thomas House was its leading merchant. House (1814-1880), a native of England but of Dutch origin, migrated to Texas around 1838, commencing his meteoric career by producing and selling the first ice cream in Houston. "In 1853, House bought out the large jobbing business of James H. Stevens and Company, the dealers in dry goods and groceries. The $40,000 he paid for it was the largest sum of money to change hands in Houston up to that time.... The firm was then the largest wholesaler in the state; it accepted cotton in payment for goods and set up cotton factoring as a separate department.... [House's] great private bank grew out of cotton factoring" (New Handbook of Texas). The present archive gives the inside business history that led to House's great success and also reveals the inner workings of the cotton trade in Texas. ($3,000-6,000)

66. THOMAS, Isaiah. The History of Printing in America, with a Biography of Printers, and an Account of Newspapers. Second Edition. With the Author's Corrections and Additions.... Albany: Joel Munsell, 1874. lxxxvii [1] 423 + viii, 666 [49] pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of Thomas, double-page plate of Indian Gazette. 2 vols., original brown ribbed cloth, printed paper spine labels. Fine set.
        Second and best edition, with author's corrections and editions. Blumenthal, Art of the Printed Book, pp. 44. Grolier American Hundred 29n (citing the 1810 edition).Howes T168. Vols. 5 & 6 of Transactions of the American Antiquarian Society. (2 vols.) ($100-200)

67. WAKEFIELD, John A. History of the War between the United States and the Sac and Fox Nations of Indians, and Parts of Other Disaffected Tribes of Indians in the Years Eighteen Hundred and Twenty-Seven, Thirty-One, and Thirty-Two. Jacksonville: Printed by Calvin Goudy, 1834. x, 142 pp. 16mo, contemporary half leather over original plain grey boards. Hinges cracked but very strong. Moderate to heavy foxing and staining. Contemporary ink ownership inscriptions and notes.
        First edition of a rare classic of the Black Hawk War. Howes W19. When Governor Reynolds of Illinois called for volunteers against Black Hawk in 1832, one of the men to respond with the author. In the war of 1812 Wakefield had distinguished himself as a scout. After the war he studied medicine in Cincinnati but later turned to law, settling in Vandalia and serving on two Illinois legislatures between 1824 and 1826. In the Black Hawk War he acted as a scout, was wounded at the Battle of Bad Axe, and attained the rank of major. During the war he became acquainted with Lincoln, and Lincoln lived with Wakefield in Vandalia while he was a member of the legislature. Wakefield wrote this book fresh from memory and the journal he kept at the time. Since the records of the War Department do not give the names of many of the officers who served, these details given by Wakefield are of particular value. The Paullin copy of this title brought $340. ($600-1,200)

68. WHEAT, Carl I. Mapping the Transmississippi West 1540-1861. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press for the Institute of Historical Cartography, 1957-1963. 5 vols. in 6, complete, profusely illustrated with maps (many folding and/or colored), folio, original green buckram over tan cloth. Fine set.
        First edition, limited edition. Grabhorn 590. Harding, Wheat 113. Hill, p. 323. Howell, California 50:1655: "A truly monumental work on the cartography of the West, from the Spanish entrada to the Geological Survey of 1877. It was the culmination of a quarter century of research into the historical geography of the vast Transmississippi area by one of California's leading scholars. Beautifully printed and illustrated with over 300 reproductions of historically important maps from public and private collections." ($1,000-3,000)

69. WIERZBICKI, F[elix] P[aul]. California as It Is, and as It May Be, or, a Guide to the Gold Region...First Edition. San Francisco: Washington Bartlett, 1849. 60 [1, errata] pp. 8vo, original blank glazed lavender upper wrapper (as in Graff), original stab stitching. Restored at extremities, blank spine and blank back wrapper supplied in excellent facsimile. Very well-margined. Some fore-margins reinforced with matching paper (see final paragraph of this description). Faded purple stamp of the Long Island Historical Society on title-page and at foot of text on p. 60. A remarkably clean and fresh copy of an exceptionally fragile item, with a most interesting ink inscription on upper wrapper (see next-to-last paragraph below for full text of inscription). An exceedingly rare and important book, and an uncanny survivor in this condition. Chemised in a quarter green morocco slipcase.
        First edition of "the first book written in English to be printed in California" (Huntington Exhibit). Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 678: "Wierzbicki prefaced his slender book by noting that he had spent several years in this 'land o’cakes' and more than four months rambling through the gold region. The first part of this celebrated book is an overall description of California and its history. The Polish doctor then goes on to give a general discourse on the mines and sage advice to miners, covering such practical subjects as a miner’s outfit, the rocker, provisions, mining companies, horses, prospecting methods, health, winter in the mines, and descriptions of the mining camps. Thereafter, the physician continues with a description of San Francisco and its harbor, noting the lack of women. In addition to serving as a factual guide, this book has the distinction of being the first book of an original nature published in English in California. Robert Greenwood states: 'From this fact, and the interesting character of the contents, it is probably the most important book that was ever printed in California.'"
        Cowan, p. 682. Graff 4650. Greenwood 154. Hill, p. 615. Howes W405: "The most important and prized of all books printed [in California], with the possible exception Figueroa's Manifiesto." Jones 1322. Libros Californianos, p. 26. Streeter, Americana-Beginnings, pp. 87-88: "This was the first book printed in California describing the country and its future possibilities." Streeter Sale 2605. Wagner, California Imprints 44. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 227: "Earliest descriptive work of its kind to be printed in California. A guide to the gold region, and the observations of a remarkable man." Zamorano Eighty 79.
        The note on the upper wrapper reads: "This is said to be the first work ever printed in California. The author arrived in San Francisco in 1848, and resided there until his death December 25th 1860, aged 40. Dr. W. was a Polish Refugee, and possessing much Chemical knowledge was employed for many [deleted] several years in the U.S. Branch Mint in this city for many [deleted] several years [also deleted] and to the time of his death. [Signed]: H. H. Moore, Librarian of the San Francisco, Mercantile Library. Note. The Price was $5—it has now become scarce." Streeter offers the explanation that the extended margins and occasional tiny drill holes seen in the foremargins are evidence that the paper for this printing, and the second printing as well, may have been taken from bound blank books: "The scarcity of paper in California at that time is shown by the fact that many of the leaves were obviously extracted from some blank book" (Americana-Beginnings, pp. 87-88). ($35,000-55,000)

70. WINTHROP, John. Two Lectures on Comets, Read in the Chapel of Harvard-College, in Cambridge, New-England, in April 1759. On Occasion of the Comet which Appear'd in that Month. With an Appendix, Concerning the Revolutions of that Comet, and of Some Others. Boston: Green & Russell, 1759. 44, xviii pp. 8vo, sewn. Former owner's name stamped in purple on half title, some spotting and wear to edges of leaves. Half-title and final blank present.
        First edition. Evans 8522. The first lecture is about the 1758-1759 return of Halley's comet, a significant event because Halley had predicted the return in 1705, based on prior returns, the latest of which occurred in 1682. Halley's comet of 1759 was the first predicted return of a comet. The second lecture discusses the theory of comets according to the work of Newton's Principia and the laws of planetary motion formulated by Kepler, with the predictions of Halley. Winthrop, America's first astronomer and Newtonian disciple, established at Harvard in 1746 the first laboratory of experimental physics in America, supported Franklin in his theories and conclusions of his experiments on electricity, and received honors in his field as few others of his period. See DAB. ($300-600)

71. WOODMAN, David. Guide to Texas Emigrants. Boston: M. Hawes, 1835. vi [13]-192 pp., copper-engraved plate The Buffalo Hunt from a painting by A. Fisher, engraved by W. E. Tucker), folding engraved map with grants colored in green, pink, and yellow (Map of the Colonization Grants to Zavala, Vehlein & Burnet in Texas, Belonging to the Galveston Bay & Texas Land Co.; 9 x 11-3/4 inches; inset of Plan of the Port of Galveston Made by order of the Mexican Government by Alexander Thompson of the Mexican Navy in 1828). 12mo, original blue cloth, spine gilt-lettered "Texas Guide". Slight discoloration to binding, occasional faint foxing, overall a fine, complete copy of one of the most elusive Texas guide books.
        First edition. Fifty Texas Rarities 12. Graff 3747. Howes W647. Phillips, Sporting Books, p. 413. Raines, p. 222. Streeter 1177: "Woodman seems to have been an agent or employee in Boston of the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company. In that Company's Map of the Colonization Grants in Texas...this book is referred to as 'now publishing' and people are referred to Woodman for copies of the map and information about the company. An introduction is followed by a section with caption title, Guide to Emigrants...followed by an article headed Empresario Grants, and then by various letters and extracts from the newspapers relating to Texas and the Galveston Bay Company." Vandale 197. The artist who created the handsome engraved plate appears to have drawn inspiration from Titian Peale's American Buffaloe (1832). ($5,000-10,000)