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Pingenot Auction, Lot 136

136. [HERTZOG, Carl (printer)]. Lot of 5 titles:

HALLENBECK, Cleve. The Journey of Fray Marcos de Niza. Dallas: [Carl Hertzog for] University Press in Dallas, 1949. [xii] 115 pp., illustrations and map by José Cisneros. 4to, original gilt-decorated cloth; mostly unopened. Fine. Some edge wear to upper portion of d.j. Signed by Hertzog and Cisneros.
        First edition, limited edition (1,065 copies) of a book described by Bill Holman as "one of the most beautiful and well-proportioned page layouts ever achieved by a designer" (Lowman, Printer at the Pass, p. 27). Dobie, p. 39: "The most dramatic and important aftermatter of Cabeza de Vaca’s twisted walk across the continent was Coronado’s search for the Seven Cities of Cíbola....One of the most beautiful books in format published in America." Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros) 88. Holman, Hertzog Dozen: "One of the most beautiful and well-proportioned page layouts ever achieved by any designer." Lowman, Printer at the Pass 64. Pingenot: This is a period piece with type and paper selected to reflect the 16th century, with lettering and drawings by José Cisneros in the Spanish medieval manner, cloth to resemble the Franciscan habit; gold on the dust jacket represents the "Seven Cities." Cisneros’s title vignettes for each chapter provide a bookish elegance.

HAWKINS, Walace. El Sal del Rey. Austin: [Carl Hertzog for] Texas State Historical Association, 1947. ix [3] 68 pp., facsimiles, illustrations and maps by José Cisneros. 8vo, original cream cloth. Very fine in d.j.
        First edition. Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Cisneros) 90. Lowman, Printer at the Pass 47: "This book recounts the historical development of Spanish and Texan mineral law and the role played by this famed salt lake. The dust jacket is a dim facsimile of an old Republic of Texas land patent. The red lettered title might imply that Texas won lands only by force of battle....The title-page, featuring a five color coat of arms, is highly ornate, but in keeping with the subject....That the end result avoids garishness is a tribute to the skill and artistry of the designer."

LOWMAN, Al. Remembering Carl Hertzog: A Texas Printer and His Books. Dallas: Still Point Press, [1985]. 46 pp., illustrations, facsimiles. Folio, original gilt-stamped cloth and boards, printed paper label on spine. Mint.
First edition (#140 of 300 numbered copies). Pingenot: The bibliographer of         Printer at the Pass recounts personal experiences with the late Carl Hertzog and provides insight into the characteristics that contributed to the achievements of the legendary El Paso printer. Lowman described Hertzog as a "tireless crusader for beauty in print." This tribute is designed by David Holman at Wind River Press, who is another master of the beautiful in print.

NICHOLS, James W. Now You Hear My Horn: The Journal of James Wilson Nichols, 1820-1887. Austin: Carl Hertzog, 1967. 212 pp., illustrations, maps, facsimiles, endpaper maps. 8vo, green cloth. About mint in the original slipcase with Bowie knife and sheath. Signed by the editor.
        First edition, limited edition (#137 of 250 numbered copies, signed by the editor), with the original Bowie knife and sheath (usually lost from most limited edition copies). Edited by Catherine McDowell. Basic Texas Books 152A: "This most spirited and forthright of all Texas memoirs is one of the most delightful American frontier narratives ever written, and a valuable contribution not only to our knowledge of events in Texas history but to our understanding of the frontier spirit as well. Nichols gives us an unvarnished account of life in frontier Texas, with no holds barred. His narrative is humorous, bold, gruesome, opinionated, and revealing." Lowman, Printer at the Pass 218A. Pingenot: Contains material on the Texas Revolution, Republic of Texas, Indian fighting under Jack Hays in the Texas Rangers, Mexican War service, and Civil War, the latter providing us with one of the best accounts of unionists in Texas.

WALKER, Dale L. Death Was the Black Horse: The Story of Rough Rider Bucky O’Neill. Austin: Madrona Press, 1975. 200 pp., illustrations by José Cisneros, photos, map. 8vo, original cloth in pictorial d.j. Near mint.
        First edition. Foreword by Barry Goldwater. Typography by Carl Hertzog. O’Neill’s love of glory led him into newspaper wars and political donnybrooks, and to ride at the head of the Rough Riders. He eventually became sheriff of Yavapai County and Mayor of Prescott, Arizona.

(5 vols.)
($300-600)