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Pingenot Auction, Lot 95


95. DOMENECH, E. Missionary Adventures in Texas and Mexico, a Personal Narrative of Six Years Sojourn.... London: Longman, et al., 1858. xvi, 336 [24] pp., large folding map: Map of Texas Illustrating the Missions & Journeys of the Abbé Em. Domenech. London: Longman & Co. 44 x 34.8 cm (17-1/4 x 14 inches) with mission areas tinted in pink. 8vo, original embossed pebble cloth, gilt title on spine. A very fine choice copy.
        First edition in English after the French printing published in Paris the year before. Bradford 1350. Field 443. Graff 1120. Howes D408. Plains & Rockies III:356an. Rader 1176. Raines, pp. 69-70. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2040: "Describes the 1840 Council House Fight as a plot by the Texans." The Handbook of Texas Online (Domenech): "[Domenech] may have been the first priest to be ordained in Texas....The book describes the trials of early Catholic missionaries and is filled with vivid sketches of the Texas frontier and anecdotes about its people. He found Houston ‘infested with Methodists and ants’ and dismissed Austin, ‘the seat of the Texian legislature,’ as ‘a small dirty town’ with ‘only one wretched hotel.’ His colorfully detailed narrative of the establishment of the Catholic hierarchy in Texas, amid the tensions of the boundary disputes with Mexico and the devastation of an epidemic of cholera, has no counterpart." See Horgan’s comments in The Great River (II, p. 793). The excellent map, which is not listed by Wheat, follows De Cordova’s conformation.