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Pingenot Auction, Lot 331

331. [BASIC TEXAS BOOKS]. Lot of 12 titles, including:

DUVAL, John C. The Adventures of Big-Foot Wallace.... Austin: Steck Company, 1935. xv [1] 309 [9 blank] pp., illustrations. 8vo, pictorial cloth. Spine slightly faded, else fine.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 50F: "A well-written account of a fascinating Texas Ranger and hero." Graff 1187. Howes D602. Raines, p. 73.

EMMETT, Chris. Shanghai Pierce: A Fair Likeness. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1953. xiii [1] 326 [4] pp., photographic illustrations with drawings by Nick Eggenhofer. 8vo, cloth. Very fine, bright copy in a fine pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 678: "An interesting book about one of Texas’ most colorful cowmen. This is some material on the Taylor-Sutton feud and on John Wesley Hardin, Jake Helm, Ben Thompson, Wild Bill Hickok and other gunmen"; Herd 764. Basic Texas Books 56: "This is one of the best biographies of a Texas cattleman....Emmett gives us Shanghai Pierce with warts and all. His volume makes both good reading and competent biography." Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Eggenhofer) 70. Reese, Six Score 38: "[T]he first cattle king of Texas. His business dealings were vast, varied, and interesting."

FORD, John Salmon. Rip Ford’s Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1963]. xlviii [2] 519 pp., frontispiece portrait. Thick 8vo, cloth. Near mint in d.j.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 64: "The personal memoirs of one of the most colorful Texans of his time [and] ably edited by a fine scholar....The volume consists of a biographical essay on Ford, followed by 34 chapters divided into six chronological sections: the Republic of Texas period, the Mexican War, the Indian campaigns, the South Texas years, the Civil War, and the post-war period....Ford’s memoirs are literally full of the anecdotes that make history come alive." Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 750.

GAMBRELL, Herbert. Anson Jones: The Last President of Texas. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1948. [4] xiv, 462 [4] pp., frontispiece portrait, endpaper maps. 8vo, cloth. Very good in d.j.
         First edition.

GAMBRELL, Herbert. Anson Jones: The Last President of Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964. xiv [2] 530 [6 blank] pp., frontispiece portrait, endpaper maps. 8vo, cloth. Near mint in d.j.
         The preferred second edition because, in addition to an enlarged bibliography, it includes Gambrell’s extensive annotations, which had been omitted by the publisher in the first edition. Basic Texas Books 68: "Best edition by far...[and] the best biography of a Texan, better written than Barker’s Austin and more scholarly than James’ Raven." Campbell, p. 33. Dobie, p. 86. "the most artfully written biography that Texas has yet produced." Pingenot: Jones (1798-1858) served as president of the Republic of Texas in its last days.

GREEN, Rena Maverick. Samuel Maverick, Texan. San Antonio: Privately printed, 1952. xix, 430 pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 8vo, cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 140B. Pingenot: By far the best edition of Mary Maverick’s memoirs, incorporating the original 1921 text and adding all of Sam Maverick’s letters to his wife for a period of more than 30 years. These Mrs. Green has dovetailed chronologically with the memoirs. Also included are Samuel Maverick’s surviving journals, which include those covering the Siege of Bexar in 1835, his Perote Prison account of 1842-1843, and his log of Jack Hays’ Chihuahua Expedition of 1848.

HUNTER, Robert Hancock. Narrative of Robert Hancock Hunter 1813-1892. [Austin: Cook, 1936]. 41 pp. 8vo., printed wrappers. Very good.
         First edition.

JOHNSTON, William P. Life of Albert Sidney Johnston, Embracing His Services in the Armies of the U.S...Republic of Texas, and Confederate States. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1878. xviii, 755 [3] pp., plates, maps. Thick 8vo, original cloth with gilt title on spine. Fine copy.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 112: "An important book on early Texas as well as on Albert Sidney Johnston." Confederate General Joseph Hooker called it "The best book, by all odds, published by either side." Historian Douglas Southall Freeman said it was "Better perhaps than any other Confederate biography of so early a date [as] it retains historical authenticity." Haferkorn, p. 58. Howes J175. Nevins, Civil War Books II-68. Raines, p. 128: "The only work yet published which contains a first statement of President Lamar’s official acts." Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 1112: "Includes an account of Johnston’s command of Republic of Texas troops against Chief Bowles’ Cherokees in 1839, and his service as a U.S. army officer on the frontier of northwest Texas during the late 1850s." Tutorow 3704.

McCONNELL, H. H. Five Years a Cavalryman; or Sketches of Regular Army Life on the Texas Frontier Twenty Odd Years Ago. Jacksboro: J. N. Rogers & Company, 1889. 319 pp. 8vo, original cloth with title in gilt on front cover and spine, and in blind on back cover. A very fine, bright copy.
         First edition printed on pink paper. Adams Guns 1393; Herd 1380. Basic Texas Books 131: "This is the most lively and authentic account of cavalry life in West Texas after the Civil War....McConnell was a private in the 6th U.S. Cavalry who arrived in November, 1866. He served on the Texas Frontier until 1871....Throughout his service he kept a journal from which he frequently quotes verbatim....McConnell gives us the best surviving account of what it was like to be an ordinary cavalryman in occupied Texas as well as of life on the frontier outposts." Dobie, p. 52: "bully." Graff 2579. Howes M59. Raines, p. 142. Choice copies of this work are becoming very scarce.

RAYMOND, Dora N. Captain Lee Hall of Texas. Norman, 1940. xiii [1] 350 [4] pp., illustrations by Louis Lundean, photographs, text drawings. 8vo, original pictorial cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper along with an original signed pen and ink sketch by the illustrator. An exceptionally fine copy in a very fine d.j.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1827. Basic Texas Books 167: "A charming, carefully researched biography of one of the most enigmatical Texas peace officers." Howes R83. Historian Allan Nevins described it as "A remarkably full and interesting book, replete with Lee Hall’s battles against outlaws, ruffians, hostile savages, and murdering feudists...a well-rounded character study of one of the most impressive figures the Texas border ever produced." Pingenot: O. Henry lived for awhile on Hall’s ranch in La Salle County and his Heart of the West owes much to his experiences with Hall.

ROBERTS, Dan W. Rangers and Sovereignty. San Antonio: Wood Printing & Engraving, 1914. 190 pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original black-lettered green cloth. Spine partially sunned, edges lightly foxed, else fine.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1870; One-Fifty 118. Basic Texas Books 178: "This account of the Frontier Battalion of Texas a remarkable, concise account of the service of one of the most active of all Texas Ranger units." Dobie, p. 60. Howes R339. Pingenot: Roberts was Captain of Company D of the Texas Rangers. He was involved in the Fence Cutters’ War, the Salt War of El Paso, and saw field action until 1882.

SANTLEBEN, August. A Texas Pioneer: Early Staging and Overland Freighting on the Frontiers of Texas and Mexico. Waco: W. M. Morrison, 1967. 321 pp. 8vo, cloth with gilt title.
         The first and only facsimile reprint edition. Basic Texas Books 181. Dobie, p. 79. Graff 3676. Howes S104. Krick 441. Pingenot: One of the most fascinating books dealing with Southwest Texas and the northern Mexican frontier between the Civil War and the 1890s. The first edition is considerably scarce and high in value.

(12 vols.)