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Pingenot Auction, Lot 50

50. BROWN, John Henry. Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas. Austin: L. E. Daniell, [1896]. 762 pp., 124 plates (including portraits). Large 4to, original full dark brown morocco with gilt lettering on spine and upper cover (neatly rebacked with dark brown cloth, original spine preserved). Some shelf wear, upper joint split (but strong), interior very fine.
        First edition, first issue, with the sharper images of the plates (the engraved portraits were not included in the trade edition issued at the same time). Howes B857. Basic Texas Books 23: "This is Brown’s most important book and one of the best works on Texas Indian fighters and...pioneers...The large volume contains hundreds of biographical sketches of early Texans of the nineteenth-century, with an immense amount of material that appears nowhere else. Most valuable of all are the accounts of the numerous fights and skirmishes between early Texans and Indians. Only in the works of J. W. Wilbarger and A. J. Sowell does one find a comparable amount of historical data on this facet of Texas history. Brown was himself a participant in some of the bloodiest battles." Rader 514. Pingenot: Brown come to Texas in the days of the Republic and was an eye-witness to many of the events that he describes. The first 128 pages are devoted to a history of the Indian wars with the remainder of the book being biographies of over 500 Texas pioneers and their families.