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Pingenot Auction, Lot 139

139. HORGAN, Paul. Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History. New York: 1954. 1020 pp., maps, illustrations, 2 vols., 8vo, original maize buckram, gilt title on spines, t.e.g., pictorial endpapers, in publisher’s board slipcase. Very fine set.
        First edition, deluxe limited edition (1000 copies signed by Horgan, and with 17 watercolor sketches by the author, not included in the trade edition). Adams, Herd 1065. Basic Texas Books 95A: "The most thorough and most civilized account of the vast region draining into the river that forms 900 miles of Texas border." Powell, Southwestern Century 48. 1955 Pulitzer prize-winner in history. Carl Carmen called it "one of the major masterpieces in American historical writing. It deserves to stand with the works of Motley, Prescott, and Bancroft."