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Pingenot Auction, Lot 362

362. [BORDERLANDS]. Lot of 19 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

CALLAHAN, James Morton. American Foreign Policy in Mexican Relations. New York: Macmillan, 1932. Maps. Original cloth with gilt title on cover and spine. Very fine in d.j.
         First edition. Tutorow 2937: "Excellent factual reporting on the basis of documentation from State Department records." Pingenot: A general historical view of American relations with Mexico with emphasis placed on diplomacy and politics, rather than upon technical questions of international law. Particular attention is paid to the personalities who figured in the controversies between the two countries.

CLENDENEN, Clarence C. Blood on the Border: The United States Army and the Mexican Irregulars. New York: Macmillan, [1969]. 7 maps, endpaper maps. Cloth. Near mint.
         First edition. Pingenot: Excellent work on Pancho Villa and Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916. It also contains earlier accounts of 19th-century border incidents including the Juan Cortina War that brought Robert E. Lee to the Rio Grande, Col. Mackenzie’s raid on the Kickapoo encampment at Remolino, the pursuit of Geronimo and the rise of Cochise and the Apaches.

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.

MASON, Herbert Molloy, Jr. The Great Pursuit. New York: Random House, 1970. Photographic illustrations, maps. Cloth. Near mint copy in pictorial d.j. with two small closed tears.
         First edition. Pingenot: The best and most readable account of the U.S. Army’s expedition across the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1916 to destroy the bandit Pancho Villa. The story is significant for this was the last major use of horse cavalry in the army and the first use of its fledgling aero squadron.

PEAVEY, John R. Echoes from the Rio Grande...from the Thorny Hills of Duval to the Sleepy Rio Grande.... Brownsville: Springman-King Company, [1963]. Frontispiece map, photographic illustrations. Original pictorial cloth. Fine in a very good d.j. Presentation inscribed and signed by the author.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1701. Pingenot: Memoirs of a former deputy sheriff, chief scout for U.S. Army troops along the border 1916-1920, mounted guard U.S. Immigration Service, assistant chief patrol inspector, U.S. Border Patrol, and special Texas Ranger. A fascinating book with much on the Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa, raids into Texas, smuggling, banditry, and the early settlement of the Rio Grande Valley. Becoming scarce especially in nice collector’s condition.

PERRY, Carmen (editor). San José de Palafox: "The Impossible Dream" by the Rio Grande. San Antonio: St. Mary’s University Press, [1971]. Endpaper maps, illustrations, facsimile. Oblong 4to, original pictorial cloth. Fine. Issued without d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A documented chronicle of the establishment and annihilation of San José de Palafox located above Laredo on the Rio Grande.

PIERCE, Frank C. A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Menasha: George Banta Publishing Company, 1917. 2 foldout maps, portraits (including King and Kennedy), photographic illustrations. 12mo, original cloth. Very fine in cloth slipcase.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1725: "Has a chapter on the Texas Rangers and outlawry along the Mexican border." Rader 2668. Pingenot: A work scarcely known bibliographically by a man who had lived in Brownsville since 1859. Contains the text of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and a detailed order of battle for U.S. border troops. Very scarce.

RIPPY, J. Fred. The United States and Mexico. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. 401 pp., maps. Cloth. Near mint in d.j.
First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 378. Tutorow 2942. Pingenot: First general survey of the diplomatic relations between the United States and Mexico. Author takes the position that Texans were not conspirators against Mexico; they merely negotiated to get cheap land; and the Mexican attacks on General Taylor precipitated the war. Once begun it became a war of conquest. This work is seldom found in choice collector’s condition.

SAMPONARO, Frank N. and Paul J. Vanderwood. War Scare on the Rio Grande: Robert Runyon’s Photographs of the Border Conflict, 1913-1916. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1992. Many photographic illustrations. Oblong 4to. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Runyon’s pictures richly document the border conflict in the lower Rio Grande valley, bandit raids, U.S. Army buildup, etc.

SCHOTT, Arthur. "Las Isletas—Falls of Presidio de [sic] Rio Grande". [Washington: 1857]. 16 x 22 cm. hand-colored engraving. Small spot on margin that can be matted out. Fine.
         The Handbook of Texas Online (San Antonio Crossings). For information on the artist, see Taft, Artists and Illustrators of the Old West, p. 277. Pingenot: From Emory’s Boundary Survey and engraved by R. Metzeroth. A beautiful scene from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande looking toward Texas. Las Isletas, also known as Kingsbury Rapids, had earlier been known as Paso de Francia or the lower crossing on the Camino Real. It is located in southern Maverick County, 30 miles below Eagle Pass, and some six miles southeast of Presidio del Rio Grande, which formerly had been known as Presidio de San Juan Bautista. Throughout the 18th century, all of the Spanish entradas of conquest and colonization into Texas crossed the Rio Grande at this site.

SCOTT, Hugh Lenox. Some Memories of a Soldier. New York: Century Company, 1928. Frontispiece portrait, plates. Cloth, title stamped in black on front cover, gilt.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1970; Herd 2029. Pingenot: Autobiography of Scott’s career from his early days in the West through the Spanish American War, the Mexican Revolution, and World War I. Contains information on Custer and the expedition to recover bodies at the Little Big Horn; Indian problems and various cavalry units in the West; sketches of Geronimo and Sitting Bull, etc. General Scott was the last living cavalry officer who could converse in Indian sign language. As chief of staff, in 1915, he personally met with Obregon and Pancho Villa in an attempt to stop the violence and unrest along the U.S.-Mexico border. In Ramos, Revolution. An important military memoir, overlooked by Howes.

STEGMAIER, Mark J. Texas, New Mexico, and The Compromise of 1850: Boundary Dispute & Sectional Crisis. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, [1996]. Maps. Cloth. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A definitive account and analysis of the pre-Civil War boundary dispute between Texas and New Mexico leading to the Compromise of 1850. Winner of the Coral Tullis Award by the Texas State Historical Association as the best book on Texas history for 1996.

STILLMAN, J. D. B. Wanderings in the Southwest in 1855 by J. D. B. Stillman. Spokane: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1990. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 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.

SWIFT, Roy L. and Leavitt Corning, Jr. Three Roads to Chihuahua: The Great Wagon Roads that Opened the Southwest 1823-1883. Austin: 1988. Illustrations, maps. Cloth. Very fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Fine account of the early exploration and opening of wagon roads from San Antonio and other settled areas of Texas to El Paso and regions west. Excellent coverage of overland freighting in the late 19th century to Chihuahua. Now out-of-print and scarce.

THOMPSON, Jerry. Sabers on the Rio Grande. Austin: Presidial Press, 1974. Illustrated by Bruce Marshall. Oblong 4to, original color pictorial boards with printed d.j. overlay. Fine.
         First edition. Pingenot: A fine military history on the Laredo and South Texas area from pre-historic times through the Civil War, with an emphasis on Hispanic history. Contains information on the conquistadors, Father Hidalgo, Canales, Somervell Expedition, Mier Expedition, Fort McIntosh, Santos Benavides, the Civil War, Texas Rangers, Indians and Indian raids.

THOMPSON, Jerry. A Wild and Vivid Land: An Illustrated History of the South Texas Border. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1997. Illustrations. 4to, cloth. Slipcase. Signed.
         Limited edition (#19 of 100 copies).

THOMPSON, Jerry. A Wild and Vivid Land: An Illustrated History of the South Texas Border. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1997. 4to, cloth. Mint in d.j., shrink-wrapped.
         Trade edition.

WEBER, David J. (editor). Foreigners in Their Native Land: Historical Roots of the Mexican Americans. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1973. Wrappers. Fine.
         First edition.

WILKINSON, J. B. Laredo and the Rio Grande Frontier. Austin: 1975. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Cloth. Near mint in a very fine d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A detailed history of this borderlands region covering a period from the 1740’s with the expedition of José de Escandon, the American Revolution, Mexican independence, and Texas independence from Mexico. The narrative also includes the Civil War and Reconstruction period ending in 1920 with the end of the Mexican Revolution.

(19 vols.)
($800-1,600)