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Pingenot Auction, Lot 383

383. [LOCAL HISTORY]. Lot of 17 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

BLACK, READING W. The Life and Diary of Reading W. Black: A History of Early Uvalde. Uvalde: Progreso Club, 1934. Frontispiece portrait, map. Original green printed wrappers with some spotting else very good.
         First edition. Pingenot: Biography of Reading W. Black, the first settler and founder of Uvalde, Texas. Ike Moore’s introduction traces the history of the region including the upper Nueces country, and the establishment of nearby Fort Inge in 1849. Black’s diary, which Moore edited, covers the years 1854, ’55, and ’56, and sheds light on early day activities and frontier characters. Black built the first house, laid out streets, helped organize the county, etc. Reprinted in a facsimile edition twenty-five years ago which is now out-of-print and scarce, the first edition is almost unprocurable.

BLACK, READING W. The Life and Diary of Reading W. Black: A History of Early Uvalde. N.p., [ca. 1968]. Frontispiece portrait, map. Stiff blue printed wrappers. Near mint.
First edition. Pingenot: A facsimile reprint of the original 1934 edition with a 2-page addendum giving a biographical sketch of the editor. Black’s diary covers more than two years, 1854, 1855, and 1856. He recorded his experiences as he built Uvalde’s first house, laid out streets, organized the county, and participated in the interesting life of the time. As an introduction to the diary, editor Moore gives in brief narrative outline the early history of Uvalde and the Upper Nueces country. This reprint edition is now out-of-print and very scarce. The first edition is virtually unprocurable.

BELL, Peter Tomlinson. Memories of Peter Tomlinson Bell 1869-1956. St. Jo: S. J. T. Printing Company, [1980]. Illustrations. Original gilt-printed boards. Very fine to mint copy.
First edition, limited edition (750 copies). Pingenot: Mr. Bell relates many personal observations and historical facts about Carrizo Springs, Dimmit County and Atascosa County from 1862 to 1946. Contains information on ranching and prominent ranchers including Ab and John Blocker, "Big Foot" Wallace, gun smuggling during the Mexican Revolution, trips to San Antonio, etc. Edited and published by his grandson, the book is written near to his own handwritten notes.

The Coast Depot and Shipping Port of the Valley of the Rio Grande and the Provinces of Mexico Tributary Thereto with the Government Map of that Region of country, Published in 1850, Together with the Report of the Explorations of the Rio Grande. New York, 1850. Map. Stiff wrappers. Photocopy.

CROCKET, G. L. Two Centuries in East Texas: A History of San Augustine County and Surrounding Territory. From 1685 to the Present Time. Dallas: Southwest Press, [1932]. Original brown cloth. Very fine.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 514: "Contains a history of the feud between the Moderators and the Regulators and the rampant lawlessness of that time." CBC 3953. Howes C895. Rader 982. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 1719: "[Includes] East Texas missions and their relations with various Caddoan groups."

ELLIS, Olin O. Life in Uvalde, Texas 1882-1903. Baltimore: Press of Harry S. Scott, 1963. Frontispiece family photograph. 4to, original cloth with printed paper label. Mint. Signed.
         First edition. Pingenot: Autographed by the author on the title-page. The story of the Ellis and Oglesby families who migrated to Uvalde, Texas after the Civil War. Much on family life; lawlessness, and the activities of Sheriff Henry Baylor (son of George Wythe Baylor) in fighting outlaws; cattle ranching, etc. Overlooked (or ignored) by Adams. Privately published in a very small edition.

HORNBY, Harry P. Going Around. Uvalde: Hornby Press, 1945. Photographic plates. Cloth. Good, in chipped d.j.
         First edition. Overlooked by CBC. Pingenot: Autobiography of a British boy who emigrated to a ranch home in Zavala County in the 1880s. Contains his experiences as country store clerk, publisher, legislator, mayor and collector of customs, with stories of old style criminal lawyers, tragedies, and pathetic incidents that came under his observations. Scarce.

JONES, Rose Mary (Mrs. John M. Jr.) (editor). La Hacienda: An Official Bicentennial Publication. The Whitehead Memorial Museum and the Val Verde County Historical Commission. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1976. Illustrations. 4to, wrappers.
         First edition.

KELSEY, Mavis P. and Donald H. Dyal. The Courthouses of Texas. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1993. Red cloth with black label on spine, gilt title. Mint, in slipcase and shrink-wrapped.

KILGORE, D. E. Nueces County, Texas 1750-1800, A Bicentennial Memoir. Friends of the Corpus Christi Museum, Number 1, December 1975. [2] 10 pp. Two folding maps, not attached. Wrappers. Inscribed.

KILGORE, Dan. Corpus Christi: A Quarter Century of Development, 1900-1925. Reprinted from The Southwestern Historical Quarterly LXXV, no. 4 (April 1972). Inscribed.

Looking Back at La Pryor. Written by the People of La Pryor, Past and Present. N.p.: Lydra Club, 1976. 233 pp., frontispiece, map, photographic illustrations. Original stiff red printed wrappers. Mint.
         First edition. Pingenot: Early history of the area with biographical sketches on numerous pioneer families.

PARKER, Richard Denny. Recollections of Robertson County Texas with Biographical and Genealogical Notes on the Pioneers and Their Families. Salado: Anson Jones Press, 1955. Illustrations, folding map. Cloth.
         Limited edition (1,000 copies).

ROBERTS, Bruce. Springs from the Parched Ground. Uvalde: Hornby Press, 1950. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Cloth. Mint copy in a mint d.j.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1869: "This little book was written by a minister and is mostly about his experiences at different churches, but it does have a long chapter on King Fisher"; Herd 1915.

SOWELL, Andrew Jackson. History of Fort Bend County: Containing Biographical Sketches of Many Noted Characters. Waco: W. M. Morrison, 1964. Frontispiece portrait. Decorated red cloth. Fine.
         Facsimile of the exceedingly rare 1904 edition. Adams, Herd (1954) 933. Graff 3908. Howes S798. Vandale, Texianameter 164. Pingenot: Contains much on Austin’s colony, Jane Long, the Texas Revolution, Mirabeau Lamar, the Mier prisoners, etc. A great Texas rarity.

Statement Concerning Fort Clark, Texas. [Brackettville, ca. 1938]. 8vo, original stiff printed wrappers. Wrappers stained and lightly worn, overall very good.
         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.

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.

(17 vols.)