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Pingenot Auction, Lot 246

246. PARKER, William B. Notes Taken during the Expedition Commanded by Capt. R. B. Marcy, U.S.A., through Unexplored Texas, in the Summer and Fall of 1854. Philadelphia: Hayes & Zell, 1856. xii [9]-242 [6, ads] pp. 12mo, original brown cloth blind-stamped with publisher’s logo on covers, title in gilt on spine. Very slight spinal rubbing, otherwise a fine, crisp copy.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 135n: "A well written narrative [which] adds flavor to Marcy’s report." Bradford 4186. Field 1174: "Crowded with the most interesting details of...the Indian tribes of the southern prairies." Graff 3195: "Especially valuable for the northwest part of Texas." Howes P91. Plains & Rockies IV:279: "This expedition, led by Captain Randolph Marcy, included Dr. G. G. Shumard of Fort Smith and William B. Parker, a friend of Captain Marcy and the author of these Notes. The party left Fort Smith on June 1, 1854....They traveled by way of Fort Washita to the Little Washita River and to the headwaters of the Brazos River, where they surveyed a site on Clear Fork. They returned to Fort Smith on October 15." Raines, p. 162: "A readable and reliable description of northwestern Texas before its settlement." Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2176: "A valuable report by one of the civilians who accompanied Capt. Randolph B. Marcy and Robert S. Neighbors across northwestern Texas looking for a site upon which reservations could be created for Penateka Comanches and the small, displaced tribes of Texas." Vandale, Texianameter 129.