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Pingenot Auction, Lot 357

357. [BIG BEND]. Lot of 6 titles, including:

DAVIS, Evelyn and Robert Clement. Spirit of the Big Bend. San Antonio: Naylor Company, [1948]. Illustrated. 12mo, wrappers. Fine.
         First edition.

RAGSDALE, Kenneth B. Quicksilver: Terlingua and the Chisos Mining Company. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1976. Illustrations. 8vo, cloth. Near mint in d.j.
         First edition and a unique copy of the author’s first book. Pingenot: The front free endpaper contains a full-page essay in the author’s hand, entitled "Genesis of Quicksilver," wherein he relates the interesting circumstances that led him to write a book which might not otherwise have been written. Signed by Ragsdale and dated Feb., 1977. Any book of narrative history with details of its provenance in the author’s hand is uncommon to say the least.

SMITHERS, W. D. Chronicles of the Big Bend: A Photographic Memoir of Life on the Border. Austin: Madrona Press, 1976. Illustrated, endpaper maps. Large 8vo, cloth. Fine in d.j.
         First edition.


TYLER, Ronnie C. The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier. Washington: National Park Service, 1975. Maps, illustrations. 8vo, original wrappers. Fine. Autographed by the author on the half-title.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 206: "The best account of the history of the despoblado, the uninhabited land." Pingenot: An excellent and unexcelled blending of careful research, good writing, and fine illustrations, many in color. Contains material on the big ranchers, the Comanches, the Apaches, the camel experiment, the Brite Ranch raid, etc.

UNITED STATES. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. Big Bend National Park. [Washington, 1958]. Maps, photographs. Park brochure.

(12 vols.)