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Pingenot Auction, Lot 314


314. VIELÉ, [Teresa]. "Following the Drum:" A Glimpse of Frontier Life. New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1858. 256, 4 (ads) pp. 12mo, original brown diced cloth with publisher’s logo blind-stamped on covers, gilt-lettered spine with gilt drum. Cloth only slightly faded, else very fine and fresh. The Doheney copy, with gilt morocco book label on front pastedown. Very difficult to find in collector’s condition.
         First edition, first issue. Hanna, Yale Exhibit: "As a bride she went with her soldier husband to Texas, when the Mexican War was not long over and where the fierce Comanches were plentiful. Effervescence does not keep her account of life there from being a very informative one." Howes V92. Myres, Following the Drum, p. 214: "Vielé was the first woman to publish an account of army life in the trans-Mississippi West...and one of the few women who wrote about Texas." Plains & Rockies IV:312a:1: "Vielé describes her year’s stay at Ringgold Barracks in Texas, where her husband, Egbert Ludovicus Vielé, was entertaining commentary on life on the Texas frontier in the early 1850s." Raines, p. 209. Includes descriptions of Henry Clay Davis’ ranch and the Mexican ranchos of the Rio Grande Valley.