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Pingenot Auction, Lot 424

424. [SPANISH SOUTHWEST]. Lot of 15 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

BRINCKERHOFF, Sidney B., and Odie B. Faulk. Lancers for the King: A Study of the Frontier Military System of Northern New Spain with a Translation of the Royal Regulations of 1772. Phoenix: Arizona Historical Foundation, 1965. Maps (1 folding), illustrations (some colored), facsimiles. 4to, original full gilt decorated morocco. Issued without d.j. Fine. Presentation inscribed copy.
         First edition (#135 of 200 numbered copies signed by both authors). D. Powell, Arizona Gathering II, 243. Pingenot: A beautiful work on early Spanish presidios in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, with many illustrations of Spanish weapons. Text in English and Spanish. See Cowan (p. 256), Graff (4914), Howes (N225), Streeter (76B), and Wagner, Spanish Southwest (159) for information on the Reglamento, which established a plan of frontier defense along a line which, in most part, is now the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico.

CANEDO, Lino Gomez. Primeras Exploraciones y Poblamiento de Texas (1686-1694). Monterrey: Instituto Tecnologico, 1968. Original printed wrappers. Some age toning to leaves, else fine.
         First edition.

CHAPA, Juan Bautista. Texas & Northeastern Mexico, 1630-1690. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997. 2 maps, illustrations, 5 drawings by Jack Jackson. Cloth. Mint in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Edited with an introduction by William C. Foster. Pingenot: Juan Bautista Chapa’s detailed account of the Northeastern Spanish frontier was written in 1690, but not published until 1909. It has become the primary contemporary document for any study of Spanish Colonial Texas. This work is the only accurate and annotated English translation of Chapa’s Historia de Nuevo León. The author includes in the appendix a translation of Alonso de León’s Discourses.

CONNOR, Seymour V. Texas in 1776: A Historical Description. Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, 1975. Maps. 4to, paper over boards, gilt lettering. Very fine.
         First edition.

DEL BOSQUE, Fernando. Expedition into Texas of Fernando del Bosque: Standard-Bearer of the King Don Carlos II in the Year 1675. San Antonio: Norman Brock, 1947. Folding map laid in. Fine in original stiff printed wrappers.
         First edited edition of the first Spanish explorer, after Cabeza de Vaca, to enter Texas.

FOSTER, William C. Spanish Expeditions into Texas 1689-1768. Austin: University of Texas Press, [1995]. Illustrations, maps. Original stiff pictorial wrappers. Mint.
         First edition. Pingenot: Drawing upon detailed diaries that each expedition kept, early Spanish and modern topographic maps, and aerial photographs, Foster is able to give us a clear picture of where the Spanish explorers actually passed through Texas.

GALVEZ, Bernardo de. Instructions for the Governing of the Interior Provinces of New Spain, 1786. Berkeley: Quivira Society, 1951. Frontispiece photograph. Original white cloth over gilt-stamped rose boards. Mint.
         First edition in English, limited edition (#465 of 500 numbered copies) of the rare original 1786 printing in Spanish. Translated and edited by Donald C. Worcester. Graff 1498n. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 167n. Pingenot: In response to the continual Indian depredations and the unsettled state of the northern frontier of New Spain (Coahuila, Texas, New Mexico, Nueva Vizcaya, Sinaloa, Sonora, and the Californias), newly appointed Viceroy Gálvez, for whom Galveston Bay and later the city of Galveston was named, issued these important instructions on Indian policy and frontier administration.

HADLEY, Diana, and Thomas H. Naylor, & Mardith K. Schuetz-Miller, (editors) The Presidio and Militia on the Northern Frontier of New Spain. Vol. II, Part Two: The Central Corridor & the Texas Corredor. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, [1997]. Illustrations, maps. Original cloth, gilt title. Issued without d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Part of a multivolume work and part of the Documentary Relations of the Southwest project (DRSW) under editorship of Charles W. Polzer, S.J. This volume stands alone in the translation and publication of documents that describe Spanish exploration and conquest of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Included are letters, diaries, judicial papers, military reports, and interrogations. Its focus is on the presidial system as used for exploration, military presence and defense, militia duty, and penal obligations.

JACKSON, Jack (editor). Imaginary Kingdom: Texas as Seen by the Rivera and Rubí Military Expeditions, 1727 and 1767. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1995. Illustrations, maps. Half cloth and morocco spine, gilt. Mint in publisher’s slipcase.
         First edition, limited edition (#45 of 100 numbered copies). Pingenot: The diaries of Rivera and Rubí, written in the eighteenth century during inspections of the far northern frontier of New Spain, have previously been unavailable in English translation. The Rubí diary was heretofore unknown. Both, presented here, are carefully placed in historical context by Jackson and Foster. Because of Spain’s tenuous hold on the distant frontier, Rubí and Rivera saw it as an imaginary possession—the king’s domain in name only.

LADRON DE GUEVARA, Antonio. Noticias de los Poblados y Tratos de que se Componen el Nuevo Reyno de León, Provincia de Coaguila, Nueva Estremadura, y Provincia de las Texas, Nuevas Philipinas.... Madrid: José Porrua Turanzas, 1962. Folding map, illustrations. Original light olive green wrappers.
         Limited edition (#15 of 100 copies) of the rare original edition printed in Mexico City in 1739, with added scholarly notes. Howes L12n. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 109. Pingenot: Merciless criticism of the missionaries and governing authorities in the Spanish Southwest, with an account of Texas and colonization scheme for the region between the Rio Grande and the Guadalupe.

LAFORA, Nicolas de. Relacion del Viaje que Hizo a los Presidios Internos situados en la Frontera.... Mexico: Editorial Pedro Robredo, 1939. Illustrations, folding map. Small 4to, original stiff printed wrappers. Very fine copy.
         First edition. Griffin 2489: "Lafora’s record of the journey made by himself and Rubí through Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Galicia, and Nayarit in the eighteenth century. Contains data on towns, Indians, presidios, government and social conditions. One of the most important sources, and a handsome publication." Handbook of Texas II:512-13. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 159c. Pingenot: Edited by Vito Alessio Robles, this is the first printing of a previously unpublished manuscript.

MORRIS, John Miller. El Llano Estacado: Exploration and Imagination on the High Plains of Texas and New Mexico, 1536-1860. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1997. 35 illustrations, maps. Cloth. Mint in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A grand history and geography told in an imaginative, interdisciplinary style of one of the world’s unique regions—the enormous mesa land of the Southern High Plains in Texas and New Mexico. Winner of the 1997 Bates Award from the Texas State Historical Association.

O’CROULEY, Pedro Alonso. A Description of the Kingdom of New Spain, 1774. San Francisco: Lawton & Alfred Kennedy, 1972. Colored frontispiece portrait, 28 plates (12 colored), 2 maps (1 folding in pocket of back cover). Folio, original cloth. Very fine in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: English translation of a previously unpublished manuscript written by an eighteenth-century literate Irish-Spanish merchant who spent much time in the Southwest. Translated and edited by Sean Galvin. The chapters on Los Adaes and El Paso del Norte contain material on Texas, and the large folding map shows the Texas missions in 1774.

VILLAGRÁ, Gaspar Perez de. History of New Mexico. Los Angeles: Quivira Society, 1933. Frontispiece, plates. Original gilt-stamped boards and half-vellum. Fine.
         First edition, limited edition (#547 of 665 copies).

WEDDLE, Robert S. and Robert H. Thonhoff. Drama & Conflict: The Texas Saga of 1776. Austin: Madrona Press, [1976]. Illustrations by Marvin L. Jeffreys, facsimiles. 4to, original cloth. Fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: An informative account of the five provinces of New Spain that shared the present state of Texas in the 1770s. Spain sought to reinforce her New World position, eroded by the Seven Years’ War. The period was attended by the reshaping of the northern defense line to protect the frontier settlements from the menace of Apaches, Comanches, and other tribes, the development of the Texas range cattle industry, and the struggle of the missions against mounting adversity. A fine history of Spanish colonial Texas and its legacy to the later Republic and state of Texas by two respected historians.

(15 vols.)