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Pingenot Auction, Lot 413

413. [OVERLAND MAIL]. Lot of 3 titles, including:

AUSTERMAN, Wayne R. Sharps Rifles and Spanish Mules: The San Antonio–El Paso Mail, 1851-1881. College Station: Texas A&M Press, 1985. Illustrations. 8vo, cloth. Mint in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A well-documented history of the stagecoach line that stretched from San Antonio to El Paso and at times reached to Santa Fe and San Diego. From 1851 to 1881, before the coming of the railroad, this frontier business enterprise was the only authorized carrier of the U.S. mail as well as the sole means of regular commercial transportation for travelers headed west from San Antonio. Told in scholarly detail and laced with high adventure.

GREENE, A. C. 900 Miles on the Butterfield Trail. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1994. Endpaper maps. 8vo, cloth. Mint in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: The saga of the Butterfield Trail, despite its short life-span of three years, remains a romantic high point in the westward movement. A. C. Greene retraces the trail across Texas both through documents of the past and in the "outdoor archives" of today’s landscape. The result is a work that will appeal to scholar and lay reader alike.

WRIGHT, Lyle H. and Josephine M. Bynum (editors). The Butterfield Overland Mail by Waterman L. Ormsby. Only Through Passenger on the First Westbound Stage. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1955. Endpaper maps, vignettes. 8vo, cloth. Fine. Autographed on the half-title by Lyle Wright, one of the editors.
         Third printing. Pingenot: The New York Herald for September, October, and November, 1858, carried articles by its reporter, Waterman L. Ormsby, who crossed the western states as the first through passenger in the Butterfield Overland Mail stage from east to west. First book printing of Ormsby’s journal was in 1942 by the Huntington Library. This Centennial reissue of 1955 is presentation inscribed to Asst. Postmaster General George Siedle by Ben Dixon, Joaquin Kyrkendal, Mayor of Los Angeles, and Charles Dail, Mayor of San Diego, all dated 7/9/57.

(3 vols.)