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Pingenot Auction, Lot 416

416. [PLAINS & ROCKIES: REPRINTS]. Lot of 16 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

ANDERSON, William Marshall. Adventures in the Rocky Mountains in 1834. Printed from the American Turf Register, 1837. Illustrations. Wrappers.

BALDRIDGE, M. A Reminiscence of the Parker H. French Expedition through Texas & Mexico to California in the Spring of 1850. Los Angeles: Privately printed, 1959. Folding map. Original blue boards, gilt-lettered spine. Near mint.
         First edition, limited edition (300 numbered copies). Introduction by John B. Goodman III. Pingenot: Parker French concocted an elaborate hoax in which he led a group of emigrants from New York to California, by way of Texas and Mexico. Originally published as a series of articles for the San Jose Pioneer, August-December, 1895, this is the first book appearance of Baldridge’s work. Although written forty-five years after the event, it tells the fantastic story of the Parker French expedition with a style and clarity that is lacking in the earlier and better known account by William Miles.

CARLETON, Lieutenant J. Henry. The Prairie Logbooks: Dragoon Campaigns to the Pawnee Villages in 1844, and to the Rocky Mountains in 1845. Chicago: Caxton Club, 1943. Maps. Two-color gilt-decorated cloth. Bookplate removed from front pastedown. Near fine in publisher’s somewhat worn slipcase.
         First edition, limited edition (350 copies). Howes C146. Plains & Rockies IV:120A: "In the summers of 1844 and 1845, strong detachments of the First Dragoons made two extended marches into Indian country. In 1844 they were led by Maj. Clifton Wharton to the Pawnee villages on the Platte (Nebraska) River....In 1845, the Dragoons were led by Col. Stephen W. Kearny to the North Platte and the Sweetwater, thence to South Pass in order to aid the yearly emigration to Oregon....Lt. Carleton’s letters, full of the life and color so often lacking from routine military reports, add greatly to the story of soldiering on the plains."

CROSS, Osborne. A Report in the Form of a Journal: March of the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen to Oregon in 1849. Fairfield: Ye Galleon Press, 1967. Double frontispiece portraits. Small 4to, original gilt pictorial cloth. Fine.

DAWSON, Nicholas. Narrative of Nicholas "Cheyenne" Dawson (Overland to California in ’41 and ’49, and Texas in ’51). San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1933. Color illustrations by Arvilla Parker. Original brown decorative boards, tan cloth backstrip, printed label. Very fine copy in original plain brown d.j.
         Limited edition (500 copies). Reissue in new type of the rare 1901 Austin, Texas, edition in which only 50 copies were printed. Adams, Herd 661: "The author was in the first company to cross the Rocky Mountains in 1841. The first issue is practically unprocurable and the 1933 edition is now very scarce." Cowan, p. 41. Edwards, Lost Oases, p. 68: "This beautiful little fine-press book of the Grabhorns is well worth owning. Dawson of our most enthusiastic, and cheerful, narrators." Grabhorn 184. Graff 1027: "In 1849 he went overland to California again, from Sherman, Texas via El Paso. In 1851 he settled near Austin, Texas, where he lived for the next fifty years or more." Howes D159.

EMORY, W. H. Lieutenant Emory Reports.... Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, [1951]. Illustrations, map. Original cloth and boards. Fine in a slightly chipped and age darkened d.j.
         Introduction and notes by Ross Calvin. Howes E145. Pingenot: Emory’s notes of a military reconnaissance from Fort Leavenworth to San Diego in 1848.

GARRARD, Lewis H. Wah-To-Yah and The Taos Trail.... Palo Alto: American West Publishing Company, 1968. Illustrations from blocks designed and cut by Mallette Dean, endpaper maps. Small 4to, original pictorial cloth. Very fine in d.j.
         A facsimile reprint of the 1936 Grabhorn Press limited edition. Introduction by Carl I. Wheat. Graff 1513. Howes G70. Plains & Rockies IV:182. Tutorow 3428. Pingenot: An important Southwest book by a perceptive observer and a thoroughly captivating writer.

McGOWAN, Edward. The Strange and Eventful History of Parker H. French. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1958. Illustrations, plate, 2 facsimiles (one folding). 12mo, boards. Some dust soiling else a near fine copy.
         First book edition, limited edition (225 copies) printed by Clyde Browne of Los Angeles. Pingenot: First published in the Daily Evening Post in San Francisco in 1879. With introduction, notes and comments by Kenneth M. Johnson. A version of the life of French that differs from that of Horace Bell. French was a scoundrel who led a party of Argonauts across Texas to El Paso where the expedition broke up. This narrative fills in many of the gaps in French’s life, whom Kenneth Johnson describes as "a sort of house-broken version of Joaquin Murietta."

MILES, William. Journal of the Sufferings and Hardships of Capt. Parker H. French’s Overland Expedition to California.... [Austin: Pemberton, 1965]. Stiff printed wrappers with facsimile title-page. Fine.
         Graff 279. Howes M597. Plains & Rockies IV:202; Streeter Sale V:3164. Pingenot: Parker French led a group of California emigrants from New York to Texas in 1850, then overland from San Antonio to El Paso. The group broke up at El Paso although remnants continued west to Tubac and San Diego. The original 1851 edition is of great rarity and exists in just a few copies. In 1916 the Cadmus Book Shop printed a facsimile, limited to 250 copies, and it too is quite scarce. This edition is a facsimile reprint of the Cadmus Book Shop printing but without benefit of publisher’s imprint or date of republication.

MILES, William. Journal of the Sufferings and Hardships of Capt. Parker H. French’s Overland Expedition to California.... Fairfield: Ye Galleon, 1970. Stiff printed wrappers.
         Limited edition (490 copies).

MILES, William. Journal of the Sufferings and Hardships of Capt. Parker H. French’s Overland Expedition to California.... [Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, 1978]. Stiff printed wrappers with facsimile title-page. Green cloth.

REDPATH, James and Hinton, Richard J. Hand-Book to Kansas Territory and the Rocky Mountains Gold Region. [Denver: Mumey, 1954]. Folding maps. 12mo, brown cloth, gilt title on front.
         Reproduced from the original.

REID, John C. Reid’s Tramp.... Austin: Steck Company, 1935. Black cloth, gilt title on spine. Occasional spotting.
         Facsimile reissue of the great 1858 rarity. Clark III:490: "Record of the journey of the Missilla Valley Company. The group left Marion, Ala., went to Mobile and New Orleans, by ship to Galveston, Indianola, San Antonio, Castroville, El Paso, Tucson, San Diego and San Francisco. Reid’s book contains notes on towns and villages, the Mexicans and Germans, Indian life, flora and fauna, and agricultural prospects." Cowan, p. 528. Howes R172. Raines, p. 172. Plains & Rockies IV:306.

RISTER, Carl Coke. Comanche Bondage: Dr. John Charles Beale’s Settlement of La Villa de Dolores on Las Moras Creek in Southern Texas of the 1830’s with an Annotated Reprint of Sarah Ann Horn’s Narrative of Her Captivity Among the Comanches.... Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1955. Portraits, illustrations, map. Original cloth in very good pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Ayer 134. Basic Texas Books 174n. Field 716. Howes H642. Plains & Rockies IV:74n. Streeter 1347. Pingenot: First scholarly account of Beale’s settlement on Las Moras Creek near the Rio Grande in the 1830’s along with the reprint of one of the most famous Texas Indian captivities, "Sarah Ann Horn’s Narrative of her Captivity Among the Comanches." Beale’s colony of Dolores was on Las Moras Creek near present day Brackettville in Kinney County. Sarah Ann Horn, one of the colonists, was captured by Comanche Indians in the spring of 1836. The original narrative of her captivity is of legendary rarity known in only a few copies.

RUXTON, George Frederick. Life in the Far West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1951]. Illustrations. Original cloth with gilt title on spine. Near fine in very good d.j.
         First edition. Edited by Leroy R. Hafen with a foreword by May Reed Porter. Pingenot: A classic of Western Americana and celebrated by students of the fur trade. First published in Edinburgh in 1848, Ruxton’s work has gone through several editions. This edition, ably edited and annotated by LeRoy Hafen brings to life an authentic tale of rugged mountain men in the far west of the 1840s; their battles, their women, their language, brilliantly told by a young Englishman who shared their adventurous life.

TIXIER, Victor. Tixier’s Travels on the Osage Prairies. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1940. Illustrations by Tixier, 2 fold-out maps. Original pictorial cloth in good to very good d.j.
         First English language translation of the 1844 original edition and an early title in O.U. Press’s "American Exploration and Travel" series. Edited by John Francis McDermott. Translated from the French by Albert J. Salvan. Graff 4159. Howes T276. Plains & Rockies IV:114. Rader 3139. Pingenot: Tixier left France on November 23, 1839, and arrived in New Orleans on January 27, 1840, where he received an invitation from Major Chouteau to visit the Osages and to hunt buffalo. Tixier arrived in St. Louis on May 12, traveled on to Independence and from there to Papin’s trading post called Nion-Chou. He accompanied the Osages on a buffalo hunt to the Grand Saline.

(16 vols.)