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Pingenot Auction, Lot 359

359. [BIOGRAPHY: TEXAS]. Lot of 25 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

ALMARÁZ, Felix D. Tragic Cavalier: Governor Manuel Salcedo of Texas, 1808-1813. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1971]. Original cloth. Fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The last major colonial administrator in Spanish Texas. An innovative and imaginative administrator whose responses to the harsh realities of frontier duty were at odds with his uncle Nemesio Salcedo’s bureaucratic tradition. He was assassinated early in 1813.

BASS, Feris A., Jr. and B. R. Brunson (editors). Fragile Empires: The Texas Correspondence of Samuel Swartwout and James Morgan 1836-1856. Austin: Shoal Creek Publishers, [1978]. Illustrations, portraits. Cloth in good d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: For twenty years Swartwout, a New Yorker and investor in Texas land, and James Morgan, his agent in Texas, exchanged letters which are rich in material concerning Texas during the republic period as well as the Mexican War. Winner of the Summerfield Roberts Award from the Sons of the Republic of Texas.

CARLSON, Paul H. Empire Builder in the Texas Panhandle: William Henry Bush. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1996. Photographic plates, map. Cloth. Fine in d.j. Review copy with letter from publisher laid in.
         First edition.

CRANE, William Carey. Life and Select Literary Remains of Sam Houston, of Texas. Two Vols. in One. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Company, 1885. Frontispiece portrait, facsimile, maps. Original gilt pictorial cloth, beveled edges, gilt title on spine. Some edge wear and spotting otherwise a better than average copy of a difficult book to find in nice condition.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 126n. Raines, p. 56: "More moderate in expression [than Lester’s Life of Houston] and more just to the Texans, with the addition of new matter. The closing chapters on Houston’s domestic and religious life are quite interesting." Pingenot: Crane was a noted educator and a president of Baylor University for 22 years.

FARIAS, George. The Farias Chronicles: A History and Genealogy of a Portuguese/Spanish Family. Edinburg: New Santander Press, 1995. Maps, illustrations by Jack Jackson. Cloth with gilt-lettered titles. Mint in pictorial d.j.
         First edition, limited edition (500 copies signed by author). Pingenot: A family history in two parts. The first part describes the origin of the name, and the five root branches originating in Portugal, and includes some of Portugal’s heroic defenders. It concludes with notes on other family members who have some claim to fame. In Part II the author’s branch is described dating back to 1777 when his earliest known ancestor, José Antonio Farias, appears at Presidio del Rio Grande, now Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico. A son, José Andres Farias, came to Laredo about 1798 to command the Spanish colonial garrison. His marriage to a granddaughter of the founder of Laredo marked the beginning of the Farias family in this future border city. Winner, 1995 Documentation Award by the Webb County Heritage Foundation.

GARWOOD, Ellen Clayton. Will Clayton: A Short Biography. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968. Photographic plates. Cloth. Fine in d.j. Inscribed. Letters and clippings laid in.
         First edition.

GAYARRE, Charles. Historical Sketch of Pierre and Jean Lafitte, the Famous Smugglers of Louisiana. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1964. Cloth. Fine.
         Limited edition (300 copies reproduced from the 1883 original).

HUNTER, J. Marvin [1880-1957]. Peregrinations of a Pioneer Printer: An Autobiography. Grand Prairie: Frontier Times, 1954. Illustrations, errata slip. Original pictorial cloth, spine sunned, some pages browned. Colophon on front pastedown: one of the first 300 numbered copies, presentation-autographed to Ben Pingenot by the author.
         First edition, limited edition (300 copies). Adams, Guns 1082. Pingenot: Hunter, the son of a newspaper publisher, was a noted country newspaper editor in West Texas, New Mexico, and briefly in Arizona. During his early years he became acquainted with many frontier characters, on both sides of the law, and developed a keen interest in preserving and recording frontier history. He eventually settled in Bandera, Texas, where he established Frontier Times magazine, a popular journal devoted to stories of the pioneers. This autobiography, published three years before his death, is rich in anecdotes, names, and human experience.

JENKINS, John H. and Kesselus, Kenneth. Edward Burleson: Texas Frontier Leader. Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, 1990. Frontispiece, illustrations. Cloth. Mint in d.j. Signed by Kesselus.

LAMAR, Lucius M. Shards. New Orleans: Grad Printing Company, [1968]. Frontispiece portrait. 4to, original cloth with gilt title on cover and backstrip, label pasted neatly on the front pastedown with typed inscription and initialed "LML" under the author’s name.
         First edition. Pingenot: The son of a mining engineer, Lamar’s memoirs date from his early youth in the Mexican mining town of Las Esperanzas near the Texas border. Born in 1897, the author describes life in the Sabinas coal basin where he and his family lived. The Mexican Revolution brought them to the border town of Eagle Pass, where, at nearby Fort Duncan in 1911, Lamar witnessed aviation history being made as Lt. Benjamin Folouis and Phil Parmalee took off for Ft. McIntosh in a Wright Scout biplane. Much on South Texas, the Eagle Pass coal mines, San Antonio, etc. Privately printed in an edition of only 300 copies to give to friends. Very scarce.

LAY, Benett. The Lives of Ellis P. Bean. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1960. Cloth. Fine in d.j.

McDONALD, Archie P. Travis. Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, 1976. Frontispiece portrait. Original cloth over boards. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The first complete scholarly biography of William Barrett Travis.

PHARES, Ross. Cavalier in the Wilderness: The Story of the Explorer and Trader Louis Juchereau de St. Denis. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, [1952]. Illustrations. Original cloth in slightly worn d.j. Autographed on the title-page by the author.
         First edition. Pingenot: The fascinating story of the exploits of St. Denis when he entered Mexican territory in 1714, later promoted international trade in spite of Spanish law. He was a man chosen by France to maintain peace and prosperity in Louisiana for a quarter century, and as a soldier succeeded in keeping the Spaniards at bay, mainly through his influence over the Indians of Texas. One of the few works on this remarkable man and now long out-of-print and scarce.

PHILLIPS, William G. Yarborough of Texas. Washington: Acropolis Books, 1969. Photographic illustrations. Inscribed by Yarborough. 8vo, wrappers. Fine.

PROCTER, Ben H. Not Without Honor: The Life of John H. Reagan. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1962]. Illustrations. Cloth. Very fine in d.j. Presentation inscribed and signed by the author.
         First edition. Basic Texas Books 168n: "The best biography of Reagan." Nevins, Civil War Books II:83: "Sympathetic but scholarly study of a long career." Pingenot: An important biographical contribution and winner of the Summerfield G. Roberts Award from the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Procter’s biography covers Reagan’s career from the period of the Republic of Texas, the Cherokee Wars, Congress in the 1850’s, the Civil War during which he served in Jefferson Davis’s cabinet, Reconstruction, politics, etc.

RODRIGUEZ, José Policarpo. "The Old Guide": Surveyor, Scout, Hunter, Indian Fighter, Ranchman, Preacher. His Life in His Own Words. [San Antonio]: Bexar Graphics, n.d. Photographic illustrations, portraits. 12mo, printed white wrappers. Fine. Newspaper clipping laid in announcing death of Rodriguez’s granddaughter.
         Facsimile reprint of original publication "printed by Nashville, Tenn.; Dallas, Tex. Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Smith & Lamar, Agents," with added photographs and introduction by James S. Maverick.

ROSE, Victor M. The Life and Services of Gen. Ben McCulloch. Austin: Steck Company, 1958. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Embossed cloth. Fine in slipcase.
         Facsimile reprint of the rare 1888 original edition. See Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 520 and Tutorow 3947.

SHEARER, Ernest C. Robert Potter: Remarkable North Carolinian and Texan. Houston: University of Houston Press, 1951. Frontispiece portrait. Original cloth. Very fine. Tipped in is a t.l.s., dated May 1, 1961, from Shearer to Frontier Press in Houston concerning the publication of his manuscript entitled "Houston Before Texas."
         First edition, limited edition (1,000 copies). Basic Texas Books, 127n. See Handbook of Texas II:401, and III:749 for a biographical sketch of this colorful pioneer Texan. Pingenot: The only biography of the interesting Southerner, who prior to coming to Texas in 1835 had served in the U.S. Navy as a midshipman, and was elected to both the state and national legislatures. Potter was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. During the Texas Revolution, he held a commission in the Texas Navy, commanded the port of Galveston, and was elected ad interim Secretary of the Texas Navy. Potter was killed in 1842 during the Regulator-Moderator War. In 1876 Potter County was named for him.

SIBLEY, Marilyn McAdams. George W. Brackenridge, Maverick Philanthropist. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1978. Illustrations. Cloth. Very fine copy in fine d.j. Presentation inscribed by the author to book collector Charles Downing.
         First edition. Pingenot: Excellent biography of Brackenridge (1832-1920) who was a paradox to his fellow Texans; a Republican in a solidly Democratic state, a financier in a cattleman’s country, a Prohibitionist in the goodtime town of San Antonio. Brackenridge devoted his energies to making a fortune only to give it to philanthropic causes.

STILLMAN, J. D. B. Wanderings in the Southwest in 1855 by J. D. B. Stillman. Spokane: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1990. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Original red cloth, gilt. Issued without d.j. Mint.
         First edition. Pingenot: Seeking adventure, Jacob Davis Babcock Stillman landed on the Texas coast in May 1855. For six months he roamed the Texas countryside recording his experiences and insights and sending off letters to The Crayon, a prominent but short-lived journal of landscape art, where they were originally published. Edited and with an introduction by Ron Tyler, these 1855 letters present a remarkable picture of Texas during a crucial, complex, and little understood time in the state’s history.

STRONG, Henry W. My Frontier Days & Indian Fights on the Plains of Texas. [N.p., 1926]. Illustrations. Original photographically illustrated wrappers with cloth backstrip. Fine. Original signed photo of the author laid in.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 2159: "Has some material on the Benders and on some early-day lawlessness in Texas. The author gives quite an account of the outlaw career of one Joe Horner, who later turned up in Wyoming as Frank Canton"; Herd 2191: "Scarce." Strong served as scout and guide for Ranald S. Mackenzie and claimed to have laid out the Mackenzie Trail (Handbook of Texas II:680). Rader 2994. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 3072.

TRACY, Milton Cook and Richard Havelock-Bailie. The Colonizer: A Saga of Stephen F. Austin. El Paso: Guyes Printing Company, 1941. Pictorial cloth. Fine in chipped d.j.

WALKER, Dale L. C. L. Sonnichsen, Grassroots Historian. Southwestern Studies Monograph No. 34. El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1972. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Original grey and green cloth.
         First edition.

WAUGH, Julia Nott. Castro-Ville and Henry Castro, Empresario. San Antonio: Standard Printing Company, 1934. Frontispiece portrait, photographs. Original printed wrappers. Minor page tears, else very good.
         First edition. CBC 3272. Pingenot: Includes four-page list of passengers on the L’Elbro, the first ship to bring Castro colonists to Texas in 1842. The first study done on the Alsatian settlement of Castroville, southwest of San Antonio, and its founder, empresario Henry Castro. Scarce.

WILLIAMS, Alfred M. Sam Houston and the War of Independence in Texas. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1893. Frontispiece portrait, maps, one folding map at rear, t.e.g. Original gilt-decorated cloth. Spine slightly age darkened, else fine.
         First edition. Howes W446. Basic Texas Books 126n: "The first attempt at an objective biography." Rader 3666. Raines, p. 219: "Perhaps the best life of Houston....The picture presented of Austin’s colony has never been equaled by any Texan writer. Much light shed on the general history of Texas."

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