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Pingenot Auction, Lot 226

226. MORFI, Juan A. A History of Texas, 1673-1779. Albuquerque: Quivira Society, 1935. 242 + [8] 243-496 pp., 9 plates, folding map. 2 vols., 8vo, original half white cloth over tan boards gilt. Very fine set.
         First edition, limited edition (#10 of 100 copies, signed by translator and editor Carlos E. Castañeda, and with five additional plates not included in the regular edition of 500 copies). Basic Texas Books 145: "The volumes consist of a biography of Morfi, a list of his writings and extant letters, the text of his history, bibliography, and index....Monumental history of Texas." Campbell, p. 172. Howes M792: "First complete publication in any language of this contemporary manuscript, most complete history of Spanish Texas in its early period." Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 1814: "[Morfi] provides details on earlier Spanish and French rivalry in Texas, and focuses much attention on the missions. Morfi’s lengthy discussion of the various Indian tribes in Texas comprises the best report of his generation, and Castañeda’s editing further assures accuracy for the original manuscript." Pingenot: Discovered by accident 150 years after it was written, Fr. Morfi’s history is an important contribution to our knowledge of Spanish Texas.