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Pingenot Auction, Lot 330

330. [BASIC TEXAS BOOKS]. Lot of 5 titles, including:

FILISOLA, Vicente. Evacuation of Texas.... Waco: Texian Press, 1965. xi-a, iv, 68 pp. 8vo, original blue cloth. Lacks d.j.
         Facsimile reprint edition. Introduction by James Day. Basic Texas Books 61e: "The best contemporary account of the Mexican retreat from Texas after the defeat of Santa Anna....Written by Santa Anna’s second in command shortly after his return to Mexico." With its scholarly introduction, index and bibliography, this is the best (and most affordable) edition of this important Texas book. Streeter 181n.

HUSON, Hobart. Captain Phillip Dimmitt’s Commandancy of Goliad, 1835-1836: An Episode of the Mexican Federalist War in Texas.... Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1974. xxix, 299 [2] pp., frontispiece, illustrations, maps. 8vo, cloth. Mint. No d.j. issued.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 102: "The most comprehensive study of the Dimmitt command during the Texas Revolution, exhaustively researched, replete with documentation and footnotes [and] an invaluable wealth of primary information...includes extensive sections on Mexican Federalist operations in Texas, Lipantitlan Expedition, the Siege of Bexar, the Goliad declaration of independence and the Johnson and Grant Expedition." A scarce, scholarly work.

NANCE, Joseph Milton. After San Jacinto: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1836-1841 [with] Attack and Counter-Attack: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1842. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1963 and 1964. xiv, 642 pp. + xiv, 750 pp., plates, portraits, folding maps. 2 vols., 8vo, cloth. Mint in d.j.’s.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 149: "The most comprehensive history of the Texas-Mexican borderlands during the period." This is by far the best study of the activities between the Rio Grande and the Nueces during the Texas Revolution and Republic of Texas. "Basic for any study of Texas history"–Llerena Friend.

PEÑA, José E. de la. La Rebelión de Texas: Manuscrito Inedito de 1836, Por un Oficial de Santa Anna. Mexico: 1955. l, 321 [3] pp. 8vo, original three-quarter calf and boards. Mint.
         First edition of a previously unpublished 1836 manuscript. Edited by J. Sánchez Garza. Basic Texas Books 39: "Written by an intelligent and perceptive Mexican staff officer, this is one of the most important eye-witness records of the Texas Revolution, and especially of the Siege of the Alamo." It was de la Peña who made the claim that Crockett surrendered. The work includes 30 appendices of original documents on the Texas Revolution.

PEÑA, José E. de la. With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1975. Cloth. Near mint in d.j.
         First edition in English. Translated and edited by Carmen Perry. Basic Texas Books 39A: "Written by an intelligent and perceptive Mexican staff officer, this is one of the most important eye-witness records of the Texas Revolution, and especially of the siege of the Alamo." Pingenot: De la Peña was the first to claim that Davy Crockett and six others survived the battle and were subsequently executed by Santa Anna.

(6 vols.)