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Pingenot Auction, Lot 430

430. [VOYAGES & TRAVELS]. Lot of 8 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

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 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.

BISHOP, WILLIAM H. Old Mexico and Her Lost Provinces: A Journey in Mexico, Southern California, and Arizona by way of Cuba. New York: Harper, 1883. Illustrations. Original cloth with gilt title on spine and front embossing.

BRIGGS, Walter. Without Noise of Arms: The 1776 Dominguez-Escalante Search for a Route from Santa Fe to Monterey. Flagstaff: Northland Press, [1976]. Illustrations from original oil paintings, maps. Oblong 4to, original cloth. Very fine in a near mint d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: In their 1776 attempt to find an overland route from Santa Fe to the California Presidio at Monterey, Franciscan fathers Dominguez and Escalante led eight other unarmed men in a 2000 mile, five month trek through the virgin territory of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, thus becoming the first white men to see some of the most beautiful and inhospitable terrain in the northern hemisphere.

DAVIS, Richard Harding. The West from a Car-Window. New York: Harper & Bros., [1892]. Frontispiece, illustrations, plates. Original silver-decorated blue pictorial cloth. Fine. Clipping laid in with portrait of Davis.
         First edition, second printing (without date on title). Adams, Guns 566: "Scarce"; Herd 656: "A chapter on Texas ranch life." BAL 4513. Rader 1072. Raines, p. 64: "A spicy book." Pingenot: The plates include photographs and Frederick Remington drawings. In his day, Davis was a famous correspondent, as well-known as Lowell Thomas was later. In this Western travel classic, the author writes of a railroad tour to Corpus Christi; a trip to the King Ranch; visit to U.S. Cavalry on the border; up to just-started Oklahoma City; on an Indian reservation; to Denver, etc.

DRAKE, Sir Francis. The World Encompassed, 1628 [and] The Relation of a Wonderful Voyage by William Cornelison Schouten, 1619. Cleveland: World Publishing Company, [1966]. Frontispiece portrait, engraved double-page map. Full gilt-stamped vellum with cloth ties. Fine in folding box.
         Facsimile to the first edition account of Drake’s voyage in the Golden Hind printed in London in 1628, and Schouten’s voyage in search of Terra Australis also printed in London, 1619. Cowan, p. 183 (citing the 1652 edition). Hill, p. 86. Wagner, Spanish Southwest 31. Pingenot: Drake’s great voyage of circumnavigation, 1577-1580, includes his sailing up the west coast of New Spain to California and entrance into San Francisco Bay, which he claimed for England in the name of Queen Elizabeth. A handsome publication.

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. Presentation copy, signed by the author.
         First edition. Pingenot: Told in an imaginative, interdisciplinary style, a grand history and geography of one of the world’s unique regions—the enormous mesaland of the Southern High Plains in Texas and New Mexico. Winner of the 1997 Bates Award from the Texas State Historical Association.

PARKER, William B. Notes Taken During the Expedition Commanded by Capt. R. B. Marcy, U.S.A. Through Unexplored Texas, In...1854. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1984. Folding map in separate envelope. Half calf and cloth. Mint in a custom slipcase.
         Special limited edition (100 specially bound and numbered copies). Bradford 4186. Field 1174: "...the author has given us a volume crowded with...interesting details of...the Indian tribes of the southern prairies." Graff 3195: "Especially valuable for the northwest part of Texas." Howes P91. Raines, p. 162: "A readable and reliable description of northwestern Texas before its settlement." Plains & Rockies IV:279.

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 d.j. Mint.
         First edition, limited edition (#18 of 50 specially bound copies signed by author on limitation page, from a printing of 750 copies). 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 state’s history. The limited edition was sold out soon after publication.

(8 vols.)