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Pingenot Auction, Lot 319

319. WINFREY, Dorman & James M. Day. The Indian Papers of Texas and the Southwest 1825-1916. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1966. 5 vols., 8vo, original mustard cloth. Fine in publisher’s slipcase.
         Second edition and "best edition" (Basic Texas Books 219A), "with a supplemental volume of 412 pages containing 276 additional letters from the period 1846-1859. This extensive collection provides original source materials on Texas Indians....The set comprises official letters, documents, reports, and treaties....The documents are rich in first-hand reports and encounters, friendly and hostile, with the Indians, and many are rich in detail....These documents cover the declining years of the Indians in Texas and thus represent a period of social and political disorganization, rapid acculturation, and physical removal or extinction." Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2453: "This absolutely essential collection includes official correspondence from political and military figures, as well as settlers suffering from Indian raids. It is perhaps the best source of published primary materials offering the viewpoint of white people on a dangerous frontier." Long out-of-print and scarce.