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Pingenot Auction, Lot 405

405. [NATIVE AMERICANS: COMANCHES]. Lot of 9 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

Alcance al Semanario politico del Jueves 16 de Octubre de 1845. Monterrey: Imprenta del Gobierno a cargo de Froylan de Mier. 4 pp. Folio. Fine.

CHALFANT, William Y. Without Quarter: The Wichita Expedition and the Fight on Crooked Creek. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1991]. Illustrations by Roy Grinnell. Cloth. Fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The story of the first major U.S. Army expedition against the Comanches between the Mexican and the Civil Wars, when units of the Second Cavalry under Brevet Major Earl Van Dorn marched north from Fort Belknap, Texas, to the southwest edge of the Wichita Mountains. Two major engagements, known as the Battle at the Wichita Village and the Battle of Crooked Creek are recounted in this work.

FEHRENBACH, T. R. Comanches: The Destruction of a People. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. Illustrations, maps. Cloth. Fine in a near fine d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: In a magnificent sweep of storytelling, Fehrenbach gives us the first complete picture of the Comanches. Piecing together their own surviving life and legend, the essence of their folk-memory, the written records of their enemies and all that modern scholarship has to offer, he shows us the way they lived their lives, hunted, celebrated, worshipped, made war and died.

FOREMAN, Grant. Quanah. Flagstaff: Northland Press, [1983]. In slipcase and shrink-wrapped, with #76 in paper across spine inside wrap.
         First edition.

LEE, Nelson. Three Years Among the Comanches: The Narrative of Nelson Lee, The Texan Ranger. Norman: University Oklahoma Press, [1957]. Cloth. Fine.

NOYES, Stanley. Los Comanches: The Horse People, 1751-1845. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, [1993]. Illustrations, maps. Cloth. Mint in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A large, sweeping history of the Comanche Indians, who dominated the Southern Plains from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. No plains people was more feared or admired for its mastery of warfare and life in a harsh, arid environment. Only the overwhelming tide of American settlement and the slaughter of the southern buffalo herd broke the Comanche grip.

RICHARDSON, Rupert Norval. The Comanche Barrier to South Plains Settlement. Abilene: Hardin-Simmons University, 1991. xv [3] 260 [8] pp., illustrations. 4to, original cloth and boards with printed paper label on spine. Mint.
         limited edition (375 copies). Second and enlarged edition to commemorate the centennial of Hardin-Simmons University. Basic Texas Books 171n and 174n. Greene, The Fifty Best Books on Texas. Harvard Guide to American History, p. 414. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 2415. Out of print the year of publication. Pingenot: This beautiful book was designed and printed by W. Thomas Taylor in Austin, with illustrations by Barbara Whitehead and a new introduction by A. C. Greene. Richardson’s scholarly work is considered a classic on the subject of advancing the south plains frontier against Comanche Indian resistance. This printing contains eleven thousand words of text that the editors deleted from the original edition. Due to the small number of copies printed, its "press book" format, and restored text, this edition is destined to appreciate as much as the first edition.

SIMPSON, Harold B. Cry Comanche: The 2nd U.S. Cavalry in Texas, 1855-1861. Hillsboro: Hill Jr. College Press, 1979. Illustrations, maps. Original cloth. Fine in a slightly edge-worn d.j. Owner’s name and date on the front paste-down. Autographed on the half-title: "Best regards/ Col. Harold B. Simpson."
         First edition. Pingenot: Authorized specifically to serve on the Texas frontier, the 2nd Cavalry was involved in 40 Indian engagements, scores of patrols, several escort parties and reconnaissance missions. "Jeff Davis’s Own" was an elite organization with handpicked officers including Lee, Kirby Smith, Albert Sydney Johnston, Hood, Van Dorn, Geo. H. Thomas, etc. This regiment was Robert E. Lee’s last command in the U.S. Army. After leaving Texas in 1861, it was reorganized as the 5th Cavalry Regiment, a designation it still carries today. The first edition of this work has become very scarce.

WALLACE, Ernest and E. Adamson Hoebel. The Comanches, Lords of the South Plains. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1952]. Illustrations. Very fine in original pictorial cloth. Very good to fine in laminated d.j.
         First edition.

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