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422. [SIGNED BOOKS & ASSOCIATION COPIES]. Lot of 35 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:
ADAMS, Andy. The Corporal Segundo. Austin:
Encino Press, 1968. Frontispiece portrait. Pictorial
boards. Very fine.
First edition, limited edition (#284 of 750 copies). Introduction by Wilson M. Hudson. Lutz A22. Whaley 36. Pingenot: A play in three acts; the authors first effort at writing and heretofore unpublished. The title reflects Adamss imperfect knowledge of Spanish, which should read The Caporal Segundo (meaning the second foreman).
ADAMS, Andy. A Texas Matchmaker. Boston
& New York: Houghton, Mifflin, and Company, 1904.
Frontispiece, illustrations. Original pictorial cloth.
Light wear to extremities, else fine. Written vertically
across the title-page in the authors hand: "Most
Sincerely, Andy Adams, Colo. Springs,
First edition of Adams second book. Dobie, p. 95. Pingenot: Adams came to Texas in the early 1880s and remained ten years, eight of which were spent in trail driving. After a stint at gold mining in Colorado and Nevada, he settled in Colorado Springs in 1894, where he remained, mostly, for the remainder of his life. Altogether, seven of Adams books were published, all written with remarkable verisimilitude, a quality he maintained without compromise as an honest interpreter of cattlemen. Inscribed copies of Adams books are infrequently offered.
BARKER, Elliot S. Western Life and Adventures
1889 to 1970. Albuquerque: Calvin Horn, .
Photographic plates. Laid in are two t.l.s. by Barker.
Cloth. Near mint in d.j. Autographed by the author on the
First edition. Pingenot: The author came to New Mexico by covered wagon in 1889 when three years of age. He grew up to become a rancher and conservationist for the U.S. Forest Service, then headed the State Department of Game and Fish for 22 years. His well-told stories set in the mountain-forest country of New Mexico are a colorful, fast moving narrative.
BRIGGS, L. Vernon. Arizona and New Mexico 1882.
California 1886. Mexico 1891. Boston: Privately
Printed, 1932. Frontispiece, illustrations, plates. Cloth,
gilt. One corner bumped otherwise a fine, bright copy.
Presentation inscribed and signed by the author.
First edition. Adams, Guns 276. Gunn, Mexico in American and British Letters 620. Howell, California 50 325: "Very rare." Powell, Arizona Gathering II:239. Saunders, 2774. Pingenot: Many of the photographs are by the Briggs. Howes B773 lists Briggs California and the West, published the year before, but failed to include this follow-up volume. The first book contained Briggss experiences as a young medical student with his sister in California from the 1880s to the 1920s. This work is a continuation with full accounts of the Apache War and the Grand Army of the Republic. Briggs traveled as far as New Orleans and Mexico City, and his narrative in diary form has especially interesting comments on San Antonio.
BURNS, Annalee. Gone Are the Days. San Antonio: Naylor Company, . Illustrations. 12mo, cloth. Fine in torn d.j. Inscribed by the author.
CHRISMAN, Harry. Lost Trails of the
Cimarron. Denver: Sage Books, . Plates, portrait,
maps, facsimile. Original cloth. Mint in d.j. Presentation
inscribed with a personal sketch by the author.
First edition. Adams, Guns 421: "Has material on Dodge City, the Coe outlaws, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and others."
DAVIS, J. Frank. Almanzar. London, Edinburgh, & New York: Nelson, n.d. 16mo, decorated cloth. Fine in pictorial d.j. Signed.
FISHER, O. C. with Jeff Dykes. King Fisher: His
Life and Times. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press,
. Original boards. Very good in somewhat worn and
rubbed pictorial d.j. Presentation inscribed and signed by
Adams, Guns 276. Gunn, Mexico in American and British Letters 620. Howell, California 50 325: "Very rare." Powell, Arizona Gathering II:239. Pingenot: The story of outlaw turned lawman, John "King" Fisher, who dominated the Rio Grande border country in the vicinity of Eagle Pass, Texas. Written by Congressman O. C. Fisher, a descendant of King Fisher, and noted book seller Jeff Dykes, this biography attempts to reconcile objectively the conflicting accounts of Fishers life by drawing on many sources of information.
FRAZIER, Donald S. Blood and Treasure:
Confederate Empire in the Southwest. College Station:
Texas A&M University Press, 1995. Illustrations, maps.
Cloth. Mint in d.j.
First edition. Pingenot: A fine award-winning book on the Confederate attempt to take Arizona and New Mexico.
FURMAN, Necah Stewart. Walter Prescott Webb:
His Life and Impact. Albuquerque: University of New
Mexico Press, 1976. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations.
Cloth. Near mint in d.j. Presentation copy, inscribed and
signed by the author, along with a note from the director
of the University of New Mexico Press that this was 1 of 6
First edition. Foreword by Joe B. Frantz. Pingenot: The first and only full-length biography of Webb. J. Frank Dobie described him as "the outstanding historical interpreter of the Southwest." Dobie would have liked this biography and would agree with W. Eugene Hollon, who wrote: "I doubt if many would fail to complete the book once they pick it up." Long out-of-print.
GAMBRELL, Herbert and Virginia. A Pictorial History of Texas. Photographic illustrations. 4to, cloth over boards. Fine in d.j.
GOODWYN, Frank. The Magic of Limping John: A
Strange Story of the Southwest. New York: Farrar &
Rinehart, . Illustrations by Grace Greenwood.
Original cloth in a worn d.j. Warm presentation inscription
to Miss Francis [sic] Alexander, an early teacher,
fellow poet, and friend, signed by the author.
First edition. Dobie, p. 181. Pingenot: A novel about a group of Spanish-Americans in the Brownsville region of lower Texas, particularly the story of John Luna, whose love of tequila prompted him to play devil, and who became a god against his will.
HARDIN, John Wesley. The Life of John Wesley
Hardin as Written by Himself. Norman: University of
Oklahoma Press, 1961. Signed presentation copy, presented
to Ben Pingenot by
With an introduction by Robert G. McCubbin.
HUTCHINSON, W. H. Bear Flag and Lone Star: Two Imperial Powers and Their Stereotypes. Reprinted from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly LXXII, no. 2 (October 1968). Inscribed.
HUTCHINSON, W. H. California Heritage: A History of Northern California Lumbering. N.p., Diamond National Corporation, n.d. Illustrations. Wrappers.
HUTCHINSON, W. H. California: The Golden Shore by the Sundown Sea. Belmont: Star Publishing Company, 1988. Illustrations. Inscribed. Includes signed articles by author. Wrappers.
KILGORE, Dan. How Did Davy Die? College
Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1978. Original
cloth. Fine in pictorial d.j. Presentation inscribed to Ben
E. Pingenot from the author.
First edition. Pingenot: Although generating a storm of controversy, this is one of the few important studies relating to the Texas Revolution done in recent years. Kilgore has carefully sifted out the truth concerning the handful of Alamo defenders, including Crockett, who did not die during the assault but was put to death on Santa Annas order following the battle. Although myth takes a backseat to fact, the story in no way demeans the luster of the Texan defenders noble sacrifice.
LAIDLEY, Theodore. "Surrounded by Dangers of
All Kinds": The Mexican War Letters of Lieutenant Theodore
Laidley. Denton: University of North Texas Press,
. Portrait, map. Cloth. Mint in pictorial d.j.
First edition. Pingenot: Theodore Laidley, a West Point graduate, was a young army officer assigned to General Scotts army during the Mexican War. His letters home date from August, 1845 to May, 1848, from places as far apart as New York, Brazos Santiago, Texas; Tampico, Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Jalapa, Perote, Puebla, and Mexico City. They describe details of a soldiers life and the horrible experiences of battle, as well as descriptions of the land and people Laidley encountered in Mexico.
LANDOIS, Jesus Santos. El Ojo Parado: El Saqueo del Valle de Santa Rosa. N.p.: Musquiz, 1993. Inscribed. Wrappers.
NANKIVELL, John H. The History of the
Twenty-fifth Regiment United States Infantry 1869-1926.
Fort Collins: Old Army Press, 1972. Color frontispiece,
photographic illustrations, maps. Cloth, gilt. Very fine.
Presentation inscribed to book collector Charles G. Downing
from John M.
NYE, W. S. Carbine & Lance. The Story of
Old Fort Sill. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press,
1937. Frontispiece, illustrations. Original cloth. Fine in
a very good to fine d.j. Presentation inscribed with a
letter from Nye laid in.
POWERS, Edward. War and the Weather.
Delavan: Published by the author, 1890. Original patterned
cloth, gilt. Some rubbing, else very good. Presentation
copy, inscribed to the Hon. Abner Taylor of the 1st
Congressional District of Illinois and signed by the
Revised edition. Pingenot: Author treats the effects of battles, where canons are fired, on the weather. Examples cited include Buena Vista, Palo Alto, Siege of Monterey, Battle of Contreras, Churubusco, Chepultepec, as well as a number of Civil War battles. Not in Tutorow or any other Mexican or Civil War bibliography. Very uncommon.
RAGSDALE, Kenneth B. Quicksilver: Terlingua and
the Chisos Mining Company. College Station: Texas
A&M University Press, 1976. Illustrations. Cloth. Near
mint in d.j. Signed by Ragsdale and dated Feb., 1977.
First edition and a unique copy of the authors first book. Pingenot: The front free endpaper contains a full page essay in the authors hand, entitled "Genesis of Quicksilver," wherein he relates the interesting circumstances that led him to write a book which might not otherwise have been written. Any book of narrative history with details of its provenance in the authors hand is uncommon to say the least.
RISTER, Carl Coke. Southern Plainsmen.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1938. Photographic
illustrations, folding map. Original ecru cloth with title
on spine. Autographed on the front free endpaper by the
First edition. Adams, Guns 1864: "In a chapter entitled Frontier Justice the author gives a general picture of lawlessness in the early-day Southwest"; Herd 1908. Howes R317. Rader 2709. Saunders 3128.
SANBORN, Kate. A Truthful Woman in Southern California. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1893. Cloth, gilt title on spine, colored embossed rose on front. Inscribed.
SANDOZ, Mari. Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of
the Oglalas. New York: Little, Brown, & Company,
1942. Folding map. D.j. Inscribed.
SPEARS, John R. A History of the Mississippi Valley: From Its Discovery to the End of Domination. The Narrative of the Founding of an Empire, Shorn of Current Myth, and Enlivened by the Thrilling Adventures of Discoverers, Pioneers, Frontiersmen, Indian Fighters, and Home Makers. New York: A. S. Clark, 1903. Illustrations, folding map.
STILLMAN, J. D. B. Wanderings in the Southwest
in 1855 by J. D. B. Stillman. Spokane: Arthur H. Clark
Company, 1990. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations, large
folding map.. Original red leather, gilt. Issued without
First edition, limited edition (50 copies numbered and signed by the editor). Pingenot: Seeking adventure, Jacob Davis Babcock Stillman landed on the Texas coast in May 1855. For six months he roamed the Texas frontier border settlements, forts, etc., 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. Edited and with an introduction by Ron Tyler, these 1855 letters present a remarkable picture of Texas during a crucial, complex, and little understood time in the states history. The limited edition was sold out soon after publication.
THOMPSON, Richard A. Crossing the Border with the 4th Cavalry: Mackenzies Raid into Mexico-1873. Waco: Texian Press, 1986. Photographs, illustrations, map. Cloth. Very fine in lightly chipped d.j.
TOLBERT, Frank X. The Day of San Jacinto.
New York: McGraw Hill, . Inscribed.
UPTON, Emory. A New System of Infantry Tactics Double and Single Rank. Adapted to American Topography and Improved Fire-Arms. New York: D. Appleton, 1868. 16mo, original leather, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Inscribed.
WALLACE, Edward S. Destiny and Glory. New
York: Coward-McCann, . Illustrations. Cloth. Very
fine in pictorial d.j.
First edition. Pingenot: The incredible story of a forgotten chapter in American historythe reckless men and bold adventurers who made hostile expeditions to the Caribbean, Central and South America between the Mexican and Civil Wars. Includes a chapter on Jane McManus Cazneau, a remarkable nineteenth-century woman whose exploits would make many 20th-century feminists blush. Long out-of-print.
WALLACE, Edward S. The Great Reconnaissance:
Soldiers, Artists and Scientists on the Frontier
1848-1861. Boston, 1955. Illustrations, double-page
map. Cloth. Very good in slightly worn d.j. Presentation
inscribed to Ben E. Pingenot and signed by the author.
First edition. Powell, Southwestern Century 95. Pingenot: The story of the men who explored and surveyed the new American boundary with Mexico after 1848; the scouts and pioneers who opened up the vast unknown country; the engineers who blazed the trails for roads to the Pacific, and the work of the scientists and artists.
WALLACE, Ernest. Ranald S. Mackenzie on the
Texas Frontier. College Station: Texas A&M
University Press, 1993. Frontispiece portrait,
illustrations, maps. Original pictorial wrappers. Mint.
Presentation inscribed on the half-title to "Ben Pingenot
with thanks for all you do to preserve Texas history, with
warm regards, David Murrah"; and "To Ben Pingenot for
providing the original copy from which this edition was
reproduced/ Noel Parsons/ Texas A&M
Reprint of Ernest Wallaces classic work on Mackenzie with a foreword by David J. Murrah of Texas Tech University. Basic Texas Books 25n. Pingenot: Excellent study of Mackenzies Indian fighting years on the Texas frontier.
WALLACE, Edward S. and John K. Herr. The Story
of the U.S. Cavalry. Boston: Little, Brown and Company,
. Profusely illustrated. Small 4to, original cloth in
d.j. Presentation copy to Ben Pingenot, signed by
First edition. With a Foreword by General Jonathan M. Wainright.
WOOLFORD, Sam. Tales from Moonshine Valley. Austin: Shoal Creek Publishers, 1973. Cloth. D.j. Inscribed.