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Pingenot Auction, Lot 30

30. [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. xxi [1] 180 pp., lithographed folding map : Map of the Lower Rio Grande, Accompanying Report of the Special Committee on Texas Frontier Troubles.... 25.7 x 34.4 cm (10 x 15-1/2 inches). 8vo, new tan cloth, gilt-lettered black calf label. Light wear and chipping to blank margins of first and last leaves (usually encountered on these government reports of the era, printed on cheap paper). Rare, especially with the map (which is fine).
        First edition. Adams, Guns 2262; 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." The map is wonderful and detailed, locating remote Texas outposts, as Lagartoville and Charco Fandango, and with hand-written lithographed notes such as "Paso Selos Arrieros—good food." I would imagine that this map is considerably rarer than a 1598 Ortelius La Florida...or even Austin or DeCordova! Pingenot: The fine folding map of South Texas and Northern Mexico delineates Texas from 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. 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.