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Pingenot Auction, Lot 147


147. [HUGHES, W. E.]. The Journal of a Grandfather by W. E. H. Gramp. [St. Louis: Nixon-Jones Printing Co., 1912]. 239 pp., frontispiece portrait, photographic plates. 8vo, original half maize cloth over boards. t.e.g. Gift inscription by former owner. Very fine.
        First edition. Privately printed in an edition of 100 copies, and, perhaps because of its rarity, it is largely unknown to bibliographers. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 9: "Very rare." Dornbusch II: 1042: "Hughes served in the 1st Texas artillery and as a Colonel of the 16th Confederate states cavalry." Graff 2007. Howes C856 includes this work but has misplaced it due to a spelling error. Pingenot: He served with Ben McCulloch in the Confederate Army and later settled in Young County, Texas. His narrative contains a wealth of information about the author’s life as a soldier, cowboy, ranchman, and stagecoach driver in the West. It includes his experiences in the cattle business, a general appraisal of the cattle industry in Texas in the late nineteenth century, with information on such noted ranchers as King, Kennedy, Goodnight, etc. There is a chapter on Indian depredations, especially Kiowa, and includes accounts of his hunting trips in the West. This uncommon work is packed with choice material covering almost every facet of Western Americana.