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Pingenot Auction, Lot 249

249. PICHARDO, José Antonio. Pichardo’s Treatise on the Limits of Louisiana and Texas.... Austin: University of Texas, 1931, 1934, 1941, 1946. 4 vols., complete (with maps), 8vo, original navy blue cloth. A very fine set in slightly worn dust jackets, original prospectus laid in. Difficult to find complete, as the set was issued over a fifteen-year period.
         First edition of a previously unpublished manuscript written 1808-1812, translated, edited, and annotated by Charles Wilson Hackett. Basic Texas Books 160: "Gambrell deemed it ‘easily the most important reference work on the colonial history of Texas yet published in English’....When President Jefferson persisted in claiming that the territory included in the Louisiana Purchase extended to the Rio Grande, the Spanish government ordered that historical data be gathered to prove Spain’s ownership of Texas. The result was that in 1808 Father Pichardo was named head of a historical commission to ascertain the historic boundary of Louisiana and Texas....Few works of history have had a more direct effect on international diplomacy and law or on the subsequent history of the area involved. Enormous wealth of data...literally thousands of documents relating to Texas. Many of these no longer exist....With the addition of Hackett’s superb annotations, the treatise provides us with one of the fundamental resources on the early history of Texas." Clark, Old South I:23. Rader 2664. Steck, p. 14. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 1834: "One of the most important sources on Texas Indians during the Spanish-French colonial period." Wagner, Spanish Southwest, pp. 114-15n. The Handbook of Texas Online (Pichardo).