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Pingenot Auction, Lot 361

361. [BOOK CLUB OF TEXAS]. Lot of 3 titles, including:

JACKSON, Jack. Flags Along the Coast. Charting the Gulf of Mexico, 1519-1759: A Reappraisal. Austin: Book Club of Texas, [1995]. xii, 225 pp., color map frontispiece, illustrations, 65 other maps. Folio, cloth over pictorial boards, paper label on spine. Mint in d.j.
         First edition, limited edition (350 numbered copies). Pingenot: Winner of the Presidio La Bahia Award of the Sons of the Republic of Texas for outstanding research on the colonial period of Texas history. Also winner of the TSHA Kate Brock Bates Award for 1996 as the best book on Texas prior to 1900.

RATCHFORD, Fannie E. (editor). The Story of Champ D’Asile as Told by Two of the Colonists. Dallas: Book Club of Texas, [1937]. 180 [3] pp., colored frontispiece, 2 plates, endsheet maps. 8vo, green cloth. Very fine in original slipcase.
         Limited edition (300 copies). Basic Texas Books 85A: "First edition in English...This is the best contemporary account of the ill-fated colony of Napoleonic refugees in Texas..." Howes H270. Fifty Texas Rarities 6n. Streeter 1069n: "An indispensable source and by far the best." Pingenot: Printed at Santa Fe for the Book Club of Texas by Rydal Press, a fine-press edition of a novel first published in Paris in 1819 and based on the ill-fated French settlement of 150 Napoleonic exiles who in 1817 established a Utopian colony on the Trinity River. When approached by Spanish forces, the colonists fled to Galveston where they were caught in a hurricane. With the help of pirate Jean Lafitte, those who survived the storm returned to Louisiana. Sister Agatha refers to the 1819 work as the first Texas novel.

TERRELL, Alexander W. From Texas to Mexico and the Court of Maximilian in 1865. Dallas: Book Club of Texas, 1933. xviii, 95 [1] pp., frontispiece, illustrations. Small 4to, original gold over brown cloth, gilt spine. Very fine.
         First edition, limited edition (200 copies). Gunn, Mexico in American & British Letters 1085. Pingenot: Printed by the Lakeside Press of Chicago for The Book Club of Texas. Born in Virginia in 1827, Terrell moved with his family to Missouri where he graduated from the state university. He was admitted to the bar in 1849, and three years later moved to Texas. He was elected a district judge in 1857 and served in that capacity until resigning to join the Confederate Army. He took part in battles in Missouri and Arkansas and rose to the rank of Brigadier General. On learning of Lee’s surrender, Terrell along with other Confederates traveled to Mexico where he joined the French Army of occupation. Appointed to the rank of colonel, he was frequently at the Court of Maximilian. He returned to Texas in 1866 where he became a cotton grower on the Brazos River and later a member of the state legislature. Judge Terrell was a contributor to the quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association and at the time of his death in 1912 was serving as the Association’s president. A rare work almost unknown bibliographically.

(3 vols.)