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Pingenot Auction, Lot 285

285. SHIPMAN, Mrs. O. L. Taming the Big Bend: A History of the Extreme Western Portion of Texas, from Fort Clark to El Paso. [N.p., 1926]. viii, 215 pp., plates (photographic portraits), large folding map: Military Map of the Rio Grande Frontier Prepared from Original Surveys, County Maps, Reports of Officers, etc. by Capt. W. R. Livermore... (37.0 x 26.3 cm; 14-1/2 x 26-1/4 inches). 8vo, original gilt-lettered purple moiré cloth. Fore-edges slightly foxed, otherwise very fine.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 2006: "In a chapter entitled ‘Law West of the Pecos’ the author deals with the Texas Rangers and lawlessness"; Herd 2063. Basic Texas Books 184: "This worthwhile account of the Big Bend region during the nineteenth century is especially valuable because one of Shipman’s major sources was her pioneer father, who...lived on the Texas frontier for seventy-five years....She also quotes extensively from other pioneers and transients in the region, such as John L. Bullis, commander of [Seminole-Negro] Indian scouts under Mackenzie; A. J. Fairmore and P. Bougad on the El Paso Salt War; Mexican outlaw Victor Ochoa; and Texas Ranger T. T. Cook. The work contains chapters on the early mail routes, the boundary commission, the camel experiment, military posts, freighting, civil affairs, Indian campaigns, Texas Rangers, ranching, outlaws, mining, and Mexican revolutionary activities." CBC 53 (+ 13 other entries). Howes S422. One of the basic books on Big Bend, including a chapter on ranching and a section of sketches of early pioneer and ranching families." Regarding women in Texas and the West, Mrs. Shipman comments: "So long as a woman remained in what the Westerner called her ‘place,’ she was the object of the greatest respect and the tenderest consideration, but let her wander from its limitations and her path was not pleasant. If she was masculine in thought or actions she was severely criticized; the Westerner wanted his womenfolk domestically inclined."