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Pingenot Auction, Lot 275


275. RODRÍGUEZ, [José María]. Rodríguez Memoirs of Early Texas. [San Antonio: Passing Show Printing Co.], 1913. 76 pp., frontispiece portrait, text illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original suede with turquoise and yellow olive green lettering and decoration, original leather ties. Very fine, with engraved Rodríguez family presentation card laid in. Exceedingly rare.
         First edition. CBC 434. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 20 (designating a print run of 100 to 200 copies). Howes R398 (stating 100 copies printed). Rader 2814: "The principal families living in San Antonio prior to the annexation of Texas." The Handbook of Texas Online (Rodríguez). Pingenot: Rodríguez (ca. 1829-1913) was a native San Antonian, as were his father and grandfather on both his father’s and his mother’s side. As a small boy Rodríguez met W. B. Travis and was in San Antonio during the Alamo battle. Later, he served as county assessor-collector during the governorship of Sam Houston. After the Civil War he moved to Laredo where he was elected county clerk and then county judge, an office he held continuously for thirty-five years until his death. Rodríguez’ daughter, Alice, was the first wife of then Lieutenant John L. Bullis. The Rodríguez memoirs, published in a limited edition of 200 copies for the friends of the family, is considered by many to be the rarest San Antonio book. It contains much important information on San Antonio as well as Texas history. Especially valuable are the sketches of sixteen pioneer San Antonio Mexican families.