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Pingenot Auction, Lot 373

373. [FORTS: TEXAS]. Lot of 17 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

CAGLE, Eldon. Quadrangle: The History of Sam Houston. Eaken Press, 1985. Cloth. Fine in d.j.
         First edition.

CASHION, Ty. A Texas Frontier: The Clear Fork Country and Fort Griffin, 1849-1887. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996. Cloth. Fine in d.j.

FARMER, James E. My Life with the Army in the West: The Memoirs of James E. Farmer, 1858-1898. Santa Fe: Stagecoach Press, 1967. Frontispiece portrait tipped in. 12mo, cloth. Very fine copy.
         First edition [750 copies]. Rittenhouse 200. Pingenot: The first printed appearance of Farmer’s memoirs. Farmer participated in fort building in Texas; at Ft. Duncan, Ft. Concho, Ft. Stockton; was in the Utah War; at the Battle of Glorieta Pass in New Mexico in 1862; was at Ft. Union, Ft. Dodge, Ft. Sill, etc. Met everybody and went everywhere.

HANDY, Mary Olivia. History of Fort Sam Houston. San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1951. Plates. Cloth. Very fine in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Covers the history of the post from the start of construction in 1876 through 1940. There are chapters on the military history of San Antonio covering early posts, activity prior to and after the Civil War, the Spanish-American War era, the development of the airplane, the building of Camp Travis and the second World War. Also contains some information on Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis’s camel experiment, the capture of Geronimo, Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, "Black Jack" Pershing, Eisenhower and others. One of the best books to date on San Antonio’s most notable military establishment.

MILES, Susan. Fort Concho in 1877. San Angelo: Bradley Company, 1973. Portraits, illustrations, endpaper maps. Cloth. Fine in d.j.
         Second edition.

SCOBEE, Barry. Fort Davis Texas 1583-1960. El Paso: Hill Printing Company, 1963. Illustrations. Cloth. Near mint in pictorial d.j. Signed on the title-page by the author.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1964. Pingenot: A thoroughly researched account of the history of Fort Davis with memories of colorful places and persons during the settlement of far West Texas...from the Spanish explorers, Indian wars, wagon trains, coming of the telegraph and railway to its recent establishment as a National Historic site.

SCOBEE, Barry. Old Fort Davis. San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1947. Illustrations, map. 8vo, cloth. Fine copy in pictorial d.j.
         First edition.
Adams, Guns 1965; Herd 2025. Pingenot: The author’s first book on this historic West Texas frontier fort.

SIDES, Joseph C. Fort Brown Historical: History of Fort Brown, Texas, Border Post on the Rio Grande. San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1942. Endpaper maps, illustrations, maps. Cloth. Very good, in double d.j.’s with some wear and mending to one of the d.j.’s.
         First edition. Pingenot: The author was a chaplain, U.S. Army. Details the attack on Fort Brown and death of Major Jacob Brown in 1846, the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, Civil War, Cortina raids, Texas Rangers and U.S. Cavalry on the border, 20th-century border troubles, etc. Scarce.

SIMPSON, Colonel Harold B. (editor). Frontier Forts of Texas. Waco: Texian Press, 1966. Illustrations by Melvin Warren. 4to, cloth. Very fine in fine d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Essays by Roger Conger, Joe B. Frantz, Dorman Winfrey, Kenneth Neighbours, Ben Proctor, Harold Simpson, and W. C. Nunn detail the history of eight important forts on the Texas frontier—Ft. Belknap, Ft. Bliss, Ft. Brown, Ft. Clark, Ft. Concho, Ft. Davis, Ft. Mason, and Ft. Sam Houston, including information on Indian fighting, Mackenzie, Crook, R. E. Lee, etc. The superb illustrations from original paintings by Melvin Warren make this book a collector’s item. Long out-of-print.

SMITH, Thomas Tyree. Fort Inge: Sharps, Spurs, and Sabers on the Texas Frontier 1849-1869. Austin: Eakin Press, 1993. Illustrations, maps. Cloth. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Now an obscure site near Uvalde, Texas, Fort Inge was one of the cordon of forts built along the border after the Mexican War.

Statement Concerning Fort Clark, Texas. [Brackettville, ca. 1938]. 8vo, original stiff printed wrappers. Near fine.
         First edition. Pingenot: During the 1930s, with the Great Depression upon the United States, a movement was made in Congress to close Fort Clark, which is located in Southwest Texas near the Mexican border. The fort was established in 1852 and had been in continuous service as a large infantry and cavalry station. This rational for not closing and abandoning the fort points out the strategic advantages of having a military outpost near the border and argues that the country would otherwise be vulnerable to Mexican bandits and revolutionists. At the time this was written, Fort Clark was headquarters for the 5th Cavalry Regiment and the First Cavalry Brigade. The beginning of World War II in Europe in 1939 saved the fort for five more years with the last troops vacating Fort Clark in the fall of 1944.

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. Edited by Ron Tyler. 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. These 1855 letters present a remarkable picture of Texas during a crucial, complex, and little understood time in the state’s history.

TEXAS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Historic Forts and Missions in Texas-Restoration and Preservation. Austin, 1966. 110 pp. Texas Legislative Council Report No. 59-7.

THOMLINSON, M. H. The Garrison of Fort Bliss 1849-1916. El Paso: Hertzog & Resler, Printers, 1945. Frontispiece, illustrations. Original pebble boards. Very fine in fine d.j.
         First edition (1,000 copies). Lowman 33. Pingenot: Autographed by the typographer Carl Hertzog. The first history of this West Texas military outpost. This project was undertaken as a commercial job, but through care, and the enthusiasm of the author, Colonel Thomlinson, a good-looking book resulted.

WILLIAMS, Clayton W. Texas’ Last Frontier: Fort Stockton and the Trans-Pecos, 1861-1895. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1982. 457 pp. Cloth. Fine in d.j.

WOOSTER, Robert. Fort Davis: Outpost on the Texas Frontier. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1994. Portraits, maps, plates, notes. Original color pictorial wrappers. Mint.
         First edition. Pingenot: Concise, scholarly history of this West Texas fort.

WOOSTER, Robert. Soldiers, Sutlers, and Settlers: Garrison Life on the Texas Frontier. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1987. Illustrations by Jack Jackson. Large 8vo, original cloth. Mint in d.j. Autographed by the author.
First edition. Pingenot: An account of life at the forts from reveille to taps, detailing the soldiers’ uniforms, weapons, and duties, along with the activities of the local civilian inhabitants.

(17 vols.)