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Pingenot Auction, Lot 335

335. [BASIC TEXAS BOOKS]. Lot of 11 titles, including:

BARKER, Nancy (trans. and ed.). The French Legation in Texas. Austin: [Designed by Wm. Holman for] Texas State Historical Association, 1970-1973. 357 [1] + [10] 369-710 pp., illustrations. 2 vols., 8vo, cloth. Vol. 1 is in the original publisher’s mylar d.j. and Vol. 2 is in the original pictorial paper d.j. Very fine to mint.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books: "The volumes comprise one of the basic archives of contemporary reports on Texas. They sparkle with gossip and intrigue as well as with factual information." Pingenot: Extensive notes; calendar of the letters. Consists of 313 letter/reports on Texas between 1838 and 1846 covering almost every aspect of Texas affairs. These were written by the French charge d’affaires, Alphonse Dubois de Saligny, and a special agent, Viscount Jules de Crayamel. Includes a bibliography of de Saligny.

DAVIS, Nicholas A. The Campaign from Texas to Maryland. Austin: Steck Company, 1961. [16] 168 pp., illustrations. 8vo, cloth, in publisher’s slipcase. Fine.
         Facsimile reprint of the rare 1863 edition. Basic Texas Books 37(c). Pingenot: One of the best books on Hood’s Texas Brigade and also one of the best American war travel books.

HEARTSILL, W. W. Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army...of the W. P. Lane Rangers, from April 19, 1861 to May 20, 1865. Jackson: McCowar-Mercer Press, 1954. xxiv [18] 332 pp., photographs. 8vo, cloth. Very fine in lightly spotted d.j.
         Facsimile reprint of the first edition, limited edition (1,000 copies). Basic Texas Books 89A: "Best edition...historically of the most vivid and intimate accounts of Civil War battle-life that has survived." Coulter 224. Howes H380. Harwell, In Tall Cotton 86. Pingenot: This McCowar-Mercer Press edition is now quite scarce; not to be confused with a crude and cheaply produced N.p.n.d. edition which is frequently offered.

HOGAN, William R. The Texas Republic: A Social and Economic History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1946]. xiii [1] 338 pp., plates. 8vo, cloth. Very fine copy in near fine d.j.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 91: "The best social history of the Republic of Texas...a mature and penetrating analysis of the forces which blended together to give the Republic of Texas its peculiar national character." Basler 4193. Campbell, p. 172. Pingenot: Frank Wardlaw said of this book: "It remains and will, I believe, continue to remain, one of the finest books ever written about Texas."

MERK, Frederick. Slavery and the Annexation of Texas. Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 1972. [2] xiv, 290 x [4] pp. 8vo, cloth. Fine in d.j.
         First edition.

NIXON, Pat Ireland. The Medical Story of Early Texas, 1528-1853. Lancaster: Lancaster Press for Mollie Bennett Lupe Memorial Fund, 1946. xv [1] 507 [3] pp., frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 8vo, original cloth with printed paper labels on cover and backstrip. Near mint copy in plain paper d.j.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 153: "The best work of Texas medical history, this is also one of the best state medical histories ever published. It is well-annotated, carefully factual, and lucidly written." Dobie, p. 70. Howes N161. Pingenot: Nixon gathered material for this classic Texas book for over forty years. Five chapters relate directly to the Texas Revolution and eight to the Republic of Texas. An appendix lists data on several hundred early Texas doctors.

OBERSTE, William H. Texas Irish Empresarios and Their Colonies. Austin: Van Boeckman-Jones, 1953. xii, 310 [14] pp., maps, facsimiles, folding maps. 8vo, cloth. Very fine in d.j. Signed.
         First edition, limited edition (#50 of 300 signed, numbered copies). Basic Texas Books 156.

PICKRELL, Annie Doom. Pioneer Women in Texas. Austin: E. L. Steck, 1929. 474 pp. 8vo, original gilt pictorial green cloth. Owner’s name on front paste-down and tipped-in note to owner on front free endpaper. Very fine. Laid in is a clipping from the Texas Bar Journal (Feb. 1966) about author’s son.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 161: "The best book on women in early Texas, this is a useful and fascinating compilation of biographies of 77 notable Texas women, compiled from recollections and memoirs of women who came to Texas prior to statehood." Dobie, p. 62. Rader 2666. Sloan, Women in the Cattle Country 464. Winegarten, p. 115. Very scarce in the first printing.

RICHARDSON, Rupert Norval. Texas: The Lone Star State. New York: Prentice Hall, 1943. xix [3] 590 pp., color map, illustrations. 8vo, original cloth. Very good.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 171.

SMITH, Justin H. The Annexation of Texas. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1941. [2] ix [1] 496 [4] pp. 8vo, original maize cloth. Fine copy in fine d.j.
         Fourth and best edition, revised and corrected. Basic Texas Books 188C: "One of the most comprehensive studies of the movement to bring Texas into the Union." Griffin 4215: "Based on exhaustive research in American and Texas sources. Conclusion justifies annexation and fails to consider seriously the basic Mexican point of view, emphasizing, rather, the incompetence and irrationality of Mexican official action." Harvard Guide to American History, p. 235. Howes S634. Rader 2945. Trask 5721.

WEBB, Walter Prescott. (editor). The Handbook of Texas. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1952-1976. xv [3] 977 + vii [1] 953 + xiv [2] 1145 pp. 2 + supplement vol., 8vo, cloth. Fine in d.j.’s.
         First edition.

(14 vols.)