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Pingenot Auction, Lot 165

165. LANG, William W. A Paper on the Resources and Capabilities of which is Appended a Brief Summary of the Advantages of the State as a Field for Immigration.... N.p., [South-Western Immigration Company, [1881]. [2] 61 [1] pp. (printed in double column), engraved frontispiece of view near Taylor. 8vo, original yellow printed wrappers with ornamental border and lone star. Wraps slight worn and dust soiled. Old blue ink library stamp of New York Sate Library on upper wrap, along with a fairly light, more recent deaccession stamp at top right margin of wrap. Slight wear and dust-soiling to wraps, internally very fine.
        Third and best edition, with an added essay on the "Advantages of the State as a Field for Immigration" (the first two editions, of 19 and 31 pp. respectively, were published in New York the same year). The map, which was not bound in the book, apparently was an afterthought and not included in all copies. Adams, Guns 1278: "Part of this paper deals with lawlessness in Texas"; Herd 1305: "Rare." Graff 2388. Howes L74 (noting that the map does not appear in all copies). Raines, p. 137. Lang (Handbook of Texas Online: William A. Lang), president of the South-Western Immigration Company, gives an extremely optimistic account of Texas, placing cattle and the cattle industry second only to King Cotton. Pingenot: Lang extolls the ‘magnitude of Texas’ immense capabilities, and of the glorious future that awaits the development of her limitless resources. The South-Western Immigration Company was organized by several railroad companies to promote immigration into Texas. The pamphlet has a fascinating section denouncing Texas’ reputation for lawlessness, an article on Capt. King and his ranch and much of "How to Go to Texas." This is a fine Texas promotional, and very scarce in this edition and with the wrappers.