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Pingenot Auction, Lot 277


277. RYE, Edgar. RYE, Edgar. The Quirt and the Spur: Vanishing Shadows of the Texas Frontier. Chicago: W. B. Conkey Company, [1909]. 363 pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 8vo, original beige pictorial cloth decorated in red and grey. Near mint, in slightly worn d.j. Publisher’s ad for two other works laid in. A spectacular copy. Rare thus.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1953: "Rare....Material on the early life of John Selman and John Larn"; Herd 1982: "Scarce....Wild days of the cowboy and buffalo hunter around Fort Griffin, Texas." Dobie, p. 161. Howes R559. Rader 2864. Reese, Six Score 95: "Rare because a prominent ranching family felt themselves slandered by some remarks in it and destroyed all the copies they could purchase....Much about Fort Griffin and Shackleford County in the early days, particularly the history of ranching there." Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2425: "Includes a totally erroneous tale of Tonkawa defeat in Palo Duro Canyon, with other stories of Comanche depredations and combats with Texas Rangers." Some of the heroic Anglo pioneer epics of immortal combats with Native Americans tell us more about Anglo perceptions than the hard facts of history.