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Pingenot Auction, Lot 429

429. [TRAILS]. Lot of 14 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

BLANCHARD, Leola Howard. Conquest of Southwest Kansas. Wichita: 1931. Photographic illustrations. Original black pictorial cloth. Fine.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 221: "Material on Dodge City and on Henry Brown and Ben Wheeler in the robbing of the Medicine Lodge Bank"; Herd 275. Rader 383. Pingenot: Author traveled throughout Southwest Kansas interviewing old-timers to write this pioneer history. Includes information on many Kansas women, such as Mrs. M. E. DeGeer, who with her daughter established the first permanent settlement in Scott County (includes an illustration of their pioneer house). Has a photograph of a Kansas woman in sunbonnet and homespun gathering buffalo chips.

BROWN, Dee and Martin F. Schmitt. Trail Driving Days. New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1952. Illustrated. 4to, original gilt pictorial cloth. Minor wear to photographically illustrated d.j.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 293: "This is mostly a picture book containing many familiar photographs of various outlaws, but it does contain a new picture which the authors say is of Billy the Kid, but about which there is some doubt"; Herd 340. Dobie, p. 98: "Primarily a pictorial record, more on the side of action than of realism, except for post-trailing period. Excellent bibliography." Pingenot: A classic work containing 229 photographs and illustrations. it is one of the best books of its type.

EGAN, Ferol. The El Dorado Trail: The Story of the Gold Rush Routes Across Mexico. New York, Toronto, London: McGraw Hill, 1970. Cloth. D.j.
         First edition.

FLANAGAN, Sue. Trailing the Longhorns A Century Later. Austin: Madrona Press, 1974. Frontispiece, photographic illustrations along with a separate portfolio of drawings by José Cisneros. 4to, half calf and linen with photographically illustrated paste-over. Slipcase. Signed by Flanagan and Madrona Press publisher, Robert Weddle.
         First edition, limited edition (250 copies signed by the author and publisher). Forward by Wayne Gard. Pingenot: The author focuses on three major trails: the Goodnight/Loving, Chisholm, and Western in which not only the history of these trails is sketched but a contemporary photographic look at surviving trail landmarks is provided. Long out-of-print. A well-done effort with numerous excellent photographs.

GARRARD, Lewis H. Wah-To-Yah & The Taos Trail.... San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1936. Illustrations from blocks designed and cut by Mallette Dean, folding map laid in. Small 4to, original cloth and boards, paper label on spine. Very good.
         Limited edition (550 copies) with an 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. The original edition was published in 1850 and is now rare. Edward Eberstadt often recommended this work as the first book that collectors should read about the Southwest. In this Grabhorn edition, each of the twenty-five chapters opens with a multicolor woodblock designed and cut by Mallette Dean.

GREENE, A. C. 900 Miles on the Butterfield Trail. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1994. Endpaper maps. 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.

HARRIS, Benjamin Butler. The Gila Trail: The Texas Argonauts and the California Gold Rush. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1960. Illustrations, map. Cloth. Near mint.
         First edition. Pingenot: Story of the Duval group of fifty-two who went from East Texas to California by the Southern route. One of the earliest emigrant parties to head for California from Texas, the author recounts his experiences on the Gila Trail and in the Mother Lode mining camps in 1849-1850. Ably edited by Richard Dillon who provides a fine introduction and notes.

INMAN, Henry. The Great Salt Lake Trail. New York: Macmillan Company, 1898. 8 illustrations, 1 map. Original green pictorial cloth. Some wear to extremities but overall a good copy.
         First edition. Adams, Guns 1114. Dobie, p. 79. Flake 4524. Graff 2117. Howes I15. Pingenot: The trail was the emigrant route from Leavenworth up to the Platte, then via South Pass to Salt Lake City. Inman and coauthor Wm. F. Cody review the travels of Ashley and the fur trappers, Mormons, Pony Express, Sioux Wars and early railroading.

INMAN, Henry. The Old Santa Fe Trail: The Story of a Great Highway. New York: Macmillan Company, 1897. Frontispiece portrait, 8 full-page plates by Frederic Remington, folding map. Original pictorial cloth, gilt title. Some wear and rubbing, else very good.
         First edition. Howes I-57. Rittenhouse 323: "The first book to follow Gregg’s devoted entirely to the SFT. One of the most popular works on the route, with emphasis on unusual characters, stirring events, and adventures. 2 copies.

MINTZ, Lannon W. The Trail: A Bibliography of the Travelers on the Overland Trail...During the Years 1841-1864. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1987. Illustrated. Cloth. Mint in d.j. as issued.
         First edition. Pingenot: An annotated bibliography with over 500 accounts arranged alphabetically with a short comment relative to each entry, along with a coded guide to the current value of each item.

NAPTON, William B. Over the Santa Fe Trail 1857. Santa Fe: Stagecoach Press, 1964. D.j.
         First regular edition, from original 1905 edition.

RATH, Ida Ellen. The Rath Trail. Kansas: McCormick-Armstrong, 1961. Inscribed: "April 18, 1961—Publication date Respectfully submitted for award—Bancroft Award. Ida Ellen Rath."
         First edition.

SWIFT, Roy L. and Leavitt Corning, Jr. Three Roads to Chihuahua: The Great Wagon Roads that Opened the Southwest 1823-1883. Austin, 1988. Illustrations, maps. Original cloth. Very fine in pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Fine account of the early exploration and opening of wagon roads from San Antonio and other settled areas of Texas to El Paso and regions west. Excellent coverage of overland freighting in the late nineteenth century to Chihuahua. Now out-of-print and scarce.

WILLIAMS, J. W. Old Texas Trails by J. W. Williams. Burnet: Eakin Press, [1979]. Illustrations, maps, endpaper maps. Leatherette boards, gilt title on backstrip. Mint copy in d.j. Autographed on the half-title by Kenneth Neighbors, editor and coauthor.
         First edition. Edited by Kenneth F. Neighbours.

(15 vols.)