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Pingenot Auction, Lot 308

308. TWITCHELL, Ralph Emerson. The Leading Facts of New Mexican History. Cedar Rapids: Torch Press, 1911. xx [2] 506 + xxi [1] [2] 631 pp., 187 plates (portraits, photographs, facsimiles), 6 folding maps, 1 folding table. 2 vols., large 8vo, original red buckram, gilt-lettered spines, t.e.g. Hinges cracked (but strong) and very light shelf wear, otherwise fine.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 2254: "The author tells about the Lincoln County War and claims that Billy the Kid killed only nine men." Cumberland, The U.S.-Mexican Border: A Selective Guide to the Literature of the Region, p. 113: "Probably the best reference work on New Mexico is Ralph E. Twitchell, Leading Facts of New Mexican History." Howes T443. Rittenhouse 588: "With all his faults, Twitchell remains one of the great basic sources of New Mexican history.... Vol. II is especially useful for Santa Fe Trail history, with a chapter (pp. 91-146) devoted to the Trail. This volume covers the period 1822-1912 and includes material on the Texan-Santa Fe Expedition, the Mexican War, and the Civil War." Saunders 4693. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 192: "Filled with information on efforts to trade with and ultimately destroy Comanche and Kiowa power from the early 1700s to the 1870s."