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Pingenot Auction, Lot 27

27. [BORDERLANDS]. UNITED STATES. CONGRESS. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Report and Accompanying Documents of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Relations of the United States with Mexico [and] Texas Frontier Troubles. Testimony Taken before the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Washington: HRR701, 1878. [4] 461 [1, blank]; 173 [1] blank [1, index] pp., including text illustrations of cattle brands. 8vo, new beige cloth with gilt-lettered tan leather label. Minor marginal chipping and browning to first few and last few leaves.
        First edition. Not in Adams, Howes, etc. Pingenot: A mine of information on Texas border troubles and the lawless frontier. Most of this lengthy volume is devoted to Mexican border troubles (321 pp.) and the lawlessness of the Texas frontier (175 pp.), with special sections on "Cattle-Stealing," "Indian Raids," "San Elizario Murders," etc. The final section on "Texas Frontier Troubles" is especially rich, with reports by Gen. Ord, Adjutant General Steele, John S. Ford, U.S. consul Wilson, and many other figures important for Texas history. This is one of the most readable government documents we’ve encountered. Rare.