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151. [PAN-AMERICAN UNION]. [PACHECO B., Artemio (editor)]. América es una Sola: Póstumo homenaje a la memoria de Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Lima: Sanmartí y Cia, . Unpaginated (approximately 400 pp.), portraits, illustrations, facsimiles, title and some illustrations printed in gold. Large folio, original gilt-lettered dark brown calf blind-stamped with outline map of the Americas. Light shelf wear, occasional mild foxing.
First edition, limited edition (500 copies printed, one hundred
given to officials in Peru, the remainder presented to officials and government
entities). This massive, privately printed tome celebrating Pan American
solidarity is dedicated to the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt for his pivotal
role in establishing the Good Neighbor Policy. The volume contains letters and
essays written by heads of state, diplomats, government officials, and
academics in support of the inter-American cooperation, an issue of critical
importance during World War II. Countries represented are all of Latin America
and the U.S. Sections for each country are preceded by a plate with their
national seal printed in gold. Letters written by heads of state are
illustrated in facsimile; letters by others are typeset, but on the
writers stationery and with facsimiles of their signatures. The U.S.
section contains letters by Roosevelt (along with a portrait), Henry Wallace,
Nelson Rockefeller, Cordell Hull, Walter Lippman, and others.
MITCHELL-YOUNG 1836 MAP OF TEXAS
152. PARKER, A. A. Trip to the West and Texas: Comprising a Journey of Eight Thousand Miles...in the Autumn and Winter 1834-5...With a Brief Sketch of the Texian War. Concord: William White & Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey, 1836. 380 pp. (including 2 full-page woodcut illustrations, Catching wild horses and Shooting deer), frontispiece (Prairie on Fire), folding map with original full hand-coloring: A New Map of Texas, with the Contiguous American & Mexican States by J. H. Young. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1836. Engraved map with original full handcoloring. 12-5/8 x 15 inches. Scale: One inch = approximately 72 miles. 12mo, original blind-stamped blue cloth, gilt pictorial spine with Texian flag and motto Independence (neatly re-sewn and recased). Binding lightly spotted and discolored, occasional foxing to text, new endpapers, but generally very good and tight, library inkstamp on front free endpaper. The Dearborn map, so rarely found with the book, is not present; instead the much superior 1836 Young-Mitchell map has been inserted. Map neatly reinforced at folds and one short tear at top repaired, otherwise the map is very fine, bright, and crisp.
Second and best edition of the book, with the additional text on the Texas Revolution (56 pp.) and the added frontispiece. Basic Texas Books 159A: The [56-page Sketch of the Texian Revolution] was one of the earliest accounts of the war in a book. Clark, Old South III:82. Howes P74. Plains & Rockies IV:57a:1. Phillips, Sport, Natural History, and Conservation 286. Streeter 1172A: Because this is one of the earliest travel books written in English about Texas, it is of great value.
This rare book, with its vivid and influential account of Texas and the
Revolution and one of the earliest printed maps of the Republic of Texas, is
most desirable for a Texas collection. The Young-Mitchell map is based on
Burrs fundamental but superlatively rare map of Texas (one of the few
maps singled out by Streeter for inclusion in his bibliography of Texas). The
Mitchell-Young map is present here in the second of its eight issues (the only
one dated the pivotal year 1836; Streeter 1178A). This extremely colorful,
beautifully engraved map shows each empresario grant and contains extensive
text on obtaining land grants, favorable conditions for raising cattle, and
other matters of vital interest to prospective immigrants.
LARGEST HERBAL IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
153. PARKINSON, John. Theatrum Botanicum: The Theater of Plants. Or, an Herball of a Large Extent.... London: Tho. Cotes, 1640.  -133, 132-141, 144-1,652, 1,663-1,755 (i.e. 1,745)] [1, blank] [1, errata] [1, blank] pp. (many errors in pagination), including engraved title (by W. Marshall with allegorical representations of Europe, Asia, and South and North America, and cameo portrait of author), upwards of 2,700 woodcuts in text. Small, thick folio, nineteenth-century calf, spine gilt-ruled and blind-stamped, raised bands and gilt-lettered red calf spine label, inner gilt dentelles, a.e.g. (skillfully and sympathetically rebacked; endsheets replaced at turn of the century). Lower corners bumped, light shelf wear, offsetting to endpapers from dentelles, small hole on engraved title-page scarcely noticeable, front endpaper foxed. Overall a fine and handsome copy-crisp, tall, and collating complete. Difficult to find complete and in good condition.
First edition of one the most renowned classics of English botany, and the greatest work of John Parkinson (1567-1659). Alden, European Americana 640/143. Garrison & Morton 1823. Hunt 235. Knight, Natural Science Books in English 1600-1900, p. 25: The most complete English treatise on plants of its day...discursive and full of surprising folklore, as well as handsome plant-illustration. Nissen (Botany) 1490. Plesch Sale 585: Could perhaps be called the last British herbal, as it still reprints much mediaeval lore. But also some of the most interesting of our native plants were first noticed by Parkinson. He is responsible, for instance, for the earliest records of the Welsh-poppy, the strawberry-tree and the ladies-slipper-Arber. Pritzel 6934. Rohde, Old English Herbals 142-162: The largest herbal in the English language. STC 19302.
One of the great repositories of herbal literature, praised by Anderson
as a colossus among herbals (chapter 29). Parkinson was first
appointed Apothecary to James I, and in 1629 Charles I honored him with the
title, Botanicus Regius Primarius. This enormous work, intended to
be a complete account of medicinal plants, was the most complete English
botanical treatise before Rays Historia Plantarum.
154. PETRARCA, Francesco. Le opere volgari.... Venice: Lazarus de Soardis, de Saviliano, 1511.  176 leaves printed within ornamental borders, last leaf with printers device on recto (white-on-black design of circle running out to nib below, bisected by horizontal from which rises a cross with two cross-pieces, the compartments of the circle lettered LSO, double frame-line), verso with woodcut hands holding scroll (30 lines & headline per page, rounded gothic). 12mo, full eighteenth-century calf gilt, maroon calf spine label. Binding rubbed and dry, running headlines shaved (as usual), lower blank corners of six preliminary leaves filled, inner margin of last leaf reinforced. Contemporary ink ownership inscription. Uncommon (last copy at auction - 1983).
A pleasantly printed and designed petite volume, each page within ornate
border and ornamental line-endings to fill each frame, containing the Italian
works of Petrarch (1304-1374), the first humanist and the first modern lyric
poet. Between 1490 and ca. 1520, the British Museum lists approximately
forty-six imprints published under the name of Lazarus de Soardis (Italian STC,
pp. 954-55), who worked primarily as a publisher, with craftsman printers
printing his books. Mortimer (Italian) 372.
155. [PICHARDO, José Antonio]. Manuscript in Spanish of a corrected draft of an historical treatise on the boundaries of Texas and Louisiana. Mexico, ca. 1808-1812. Approximately 346 pp., mostly folio (with occasional smaller sheets inserted), in several hands. Numerous corrections, additions, and marginalia. Occasional staining, short tears, and marginal wear-as would be expected of an editorial copy.
This valuable manuscript appears to be a working draft for Pichardos monumental treatise, which has been called easily the most important reference work on the colonial history of Texas (F. B. Gambrell). Charles W. Hacketts four-volume English translation (Austin, 1931, 1934, 1941, and 1946) is one of the Basic Texas Books (160). See also New Handbook V, pp. 188-89 and VI, p. 9. In 1808, the Spanish government commissioned Pichardo to investigate the historical boundary between New Spain and New France in order to counter Jeffersons claim that the Louisiana Purchase extended to the Rio Grande. Pichardos erudite study drawn from a profusion of original historical sources was so convincing that in 1819 the U.S. conceded that Texas properly belonged to Spain.
The present manuscript draft is a portion of Pichardos complete
narrative. (Interestingly, what appears to be another portion of the manuscript
was sold by Sothebys on May 22, 1984, lot 341). The present manuscript is
in the same format of numbered paragraphs as Pichardos manuscript in the
Mexican archives. In the present working draft, the numbered paragraphs are in
several scribal hands; however, the majority of corrections, marginalia, and
additions are in the same editorial hand. Many of the paragraphs in the present
manuscript have been renumbered, and the numbers conform with Pichardos
official version. A rewarding avenue of research would be to study the nature
of the deletions and corrections as compared to the official version.
MISSIONARY LETTERS FROM PIMERÍA ALTA-1731-1740
156. [PIMERÍA ALTA MISSIONS]. KELLER, Ignacio Xavier, Luís Xavier Velarde, Cristóbal Lauría, Cayetano Guerrero, et al. Collection of fifty-eight letters, requests for provisions, and reports written by thirty-two Jesuit missionaries in the field, mostly addressed to Procurator General Joseph Ferrer in Mexico City. Written from various missions and rancherías, including Dolores, Arizpe, Cuquiarachi, Mobas, Batuco, Santa Anna de los Chinarras, Nuestra Señora de Pópulo, San Miguel de Ures, Sahuaripa, etc., 1731-1740. 77 pp., mostly folio. Other than occasional worming, very fine.
A remarkable gathering of borderlands documentation on mission affairs written during the golden age of Jesuit activities in Mexico. The missionaries wrote these letters from Pimería Alta, the eighteenth-century name for present-day southern Arizona and northern Sonora. (We were not able to determine if any of the letters are from present-day Arizona; the archive needs research.) Following Kinos outstanding work in the region (1687-1711), mission work with the Pimas and surrounding tribes languished. In 1731, Anza escorted a reinforcement of missionaries to assist the few remaining fathers from the Kino era. One letter and supply list from 1734 in the collection is from Luís Xavier Velarde, one of Kinos companions who carried on his work (Bancroft notes that Velardes name disappears from the records after 1730).
The letters provide insight into missionary life on the far frontier of
Pimería Alta. Recurring requests for supplies include chocolate (usually
at the top of each missionarys list), sugar, wine, spices, paper, books,
liturgical accouterments, shoes and clothing, etc. The large number of writers
represented in these letters reveals the zeal with which Kinos successors
belatedly attempted to carry forward his work. Several of the writers were
later forced to leave Mexico during the Jesuit expulsion. The writers and the
information available in this collection fill a lacuna that scholars from
Bancroft to Bolton to the present have lamented. Inventory upon request. (58
157. [POSADA, JOSÉ GUADALUPE]. Lot of six works by and about the Mexican artist Posada: (1) CHARLOT, Jean, Fernando Gamboa, José C. Orozco, Diego Rivera. José Guadalupe Posada. [Northampton: Massachusetts Review, Winter, 1962]. Tipped in photographic prints, illustrated. (2) FLORES-SANCHEZ, H. José Guadalupe Posada. Mexico, 1963. Portfolio with text by Paul Westheim, Justino Fernández, J. J. Rodríguez and 24 plates pulled from original blocks. (3) JÄHN, H. The Works of José Guadalupe Posada.... [Frankfurt am Main]: Zweithzausendeins, . Second, enlarged edition. 1,699 illustrations. (4) MURILLO REVELES, J. A. José Guadalupe Posada. Mexico, 1963. 2 vols. Illustrated. (5) RODRÍGUEZ, Antonio. Posada. Mexico: Domes, n.d. Trilingual essays, profusely illustrated. (6) TYLER, Ron (editor). Posada's Mexico, 1979. Profusely illustrated, best commentary in English on the artist. 12mo to folio, original cloth and printed wrappers. Very good to fine.
A good little collection of difficult-to-locate reference works on
the one true genius among the many strong personalities that mark
American popular printmaking." Mayor, Popular Prints of the Americas, p.
50. The second item above contains plates pulled from original blocks. Our firm
plans to organize an exhibit and auction of Posada prints in 1998.
Please let us know if you wish for
more information. (7 vols.)
158. [PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, U.S. (SYNOD OF TEXAS. BRAZOS DISTRICT)]. VERNOR, Rev. W. H. Original manuscript diary, recording his itinerant evangelistic work, along with accounts, written in several hands (some entries signed by Vernor). Various locations in Texas (Dallas, Chappell Hill, Columbia, Eagle Lake, Bremond, Orange, Brazoria, Harrisburg, Huntsville, Gulf Prairie, Hempstead, Bryan, Huntsville, Austin, Houston, Richmond), 1876-1878 (first leaf with a perhaps unrelated account dated 1866). 71 pp., small folio, original red leather over marbled boards. Tipped onto first leaf is an 1879 letter from R. G. McClure to Vernor on printed stationery from Lynchburg, Tennessee. On front pastedown is a printed Roll of the Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church, with the names of delegates (including Vernor) in attendance from the various synods. Tax receipts at rear. Very good condition.
The manuscript records evangelistic work by Rev. Vernor for the Southern Presbyterian Church in Texas, primarily the Brazos Valley. Vernor notes in his first entry (November 5, 1876) that Rev. D. MacGregor hired him at a salary of $1,500 per annum. Vernor copies out the letter of instruction given him by Rev. D. MacGregor:
You may preach at Bryan next Sabbath, & occupy the three days for school. The following Sabbath at Bremond. You will in addition to these two churches have Hempstead & Chappell Hill on the Central-Harrisburg on the Galveston & Huntsville Willis Waverly & Columbia on the Int. & Great Northern. Take them in the order named, giving two weeks notice....
The manuscript consists of a chronological record of travel, expenses, lists of sermons preached and where, and two versions of a long address at end (delivered on a visit to his home town in Tennessee), declaring:
[We] love the Lone Star state-our adopted home beautiful with flower and field, waving with green corn, or white with fleecy staples.... We have come over hill and plane (sic) & rolling prairie to meet you today. The father of waters welcomed us to its Western banks & landed us safely on its eastern shores.... We invite you to Texas, Gods Great Garden Spot Of The World.
In April of 1878, Vernor notes that he had traveled 2,751 miles by
railroad and otherwise. To maintain regular contact with scattered
congregations, the Presbyterians employed itinerant preachers, allowing the
Church to minister to numerous isolated communities with a small number of
trained clergymen, thereby significantly extending their denominational
influence. This method also enabled local congregations to avoid making the
financial commitment to support resident pastors. Documentation of this type is
159. RACKHAM, Arthur (illustrator). Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes. London: William Heinemann, . xi , 159 pp., 14 mounted plates (13 colored), text illustrations. 4to, original gilt pictorial white cloth. Spine slightly browned, covers lightly soiled, upper hinge slightly weak, some light foxing to endpapers, half-title and last page of index browned, as usual, due to binders adhesive. Despite the negative connotation of the candid condition report, overall a very good copy, preserved in a crimson slipcase and cloth dust wrapper. Card for a 1913 Rackham exhibit laid in.
Limited edition (#576 of 1,130 copies, signed by Rackham).
Hudson, p. 169. Latimore 40. Riall 115. A classic of book illustration with
universal appeal. To a select few is given the gift of recalling,
revisiting and, thankfully, reproducing their worlds of fantasy. And within
this elite company Arthur Rackham must be considered as one of the select among
the select. To him was given the energy, skill, and extravagant vision which
combined to make real the realm of imagination (David Larkin & Leo
John De Freitas, Arthur Rackham, New York: Peacock Press, 1975, p.
160. [RUSSIAN THEATRE]. Kamernyi Teatr I Ego Hudozhniki, XX 1914-1934: Vvedenie Abrama Efrosa. Moscow: Izdanie Vserossijskogo Teatralnogo Obshestva, 1934. xlvii  211 pp., half title illustration printed in red, black, and gold, 202 full-page illustrations (several in color), printed tissue guards. 4to, original blind-stamped gold cloth. Corners rubbed, first few signatures with very light staining at lower blank margin, but overall a very good copy.
First edition of this extensively illustrated work presenting
stage and costume designs, and exhibiting all the major trends in Russian and
Soviet painting and theatrical decoration of the twentieth century: Symbolism,
Expressionism, Neo-Primitivism, Cubo-Futurism, and Constructivism. The major
designers are represented here: A. Exter, N. Goncharova, G. Iakulov, P.
Kuznetsov, A. Lentulov, A. Ostrovskii, the Stenbergs, S. Sudeikin, A. Vesnin.
With an historical essay on the Kamerney Theatre by Abram Efros.
THE GREATEST CUBAN RARITY
161. SAGRA, Ramón de la. Historia física, política y natural de la Isla de Cuba.... Paris: Librería de Arthus Bertrand; [last vol., the supplement]: La Librería de l. Hachette y Ca, 1839-1861. 268 copper-engraved plates (157 hand-colored or tinted), 13 lithographed maps (2 large and folding). Text collates complete, except lacking title to Part 1, vol. 2 (but with occasional preliminary leaves not mentioned by some bibliographers); all plates and maps present (including an extra map not called for by some bibliographers). 13 vols., folio, new brown leather over dark brown cloth, spines gilt-lettered and with raised bands. Foxed and browned (intermittently heavy, only a few of the botanical plates and maps are affected thus); plates generally very good or with only light foxing. Some waterstaining (affecting first signatures of a few text volumes, not plates). Occasional short tears and minor chipping to blank margins (primarily text vols., though the first few botanical plates have slight wear along fore-edges). Ink ownership stamps amateurishly removed from versos of a few title-pages. A few maps with tears, or repaired with tape (no losses). Vol. 2 title with tape repair on verso. An excessively rare and important set, seldom found complete, which Gerardo Castellanos described in 1934 as a fundamental work on Cuba that is today so rare, and therefore so expensive (Panorama histórico: Ensayo de cronología cubana, Havana, 1934, p. 236). Subtitles and collations are as follows:
Vol. 1: Historia física y política: Introducción, geografía, clima, población, agricultura (by Ramón de la Sagra). 1842. lxxix  302 pp., including tables.
Vol. 2: [Historia física y política: Comercio marítimo. Rentas y gastos, fuerza armada, apéndice (by Ramón de la Sagra). 1842].  135  72, 2 pp. (lacking main title); Atlas geográfico (by Ramón de la Sagra). 1842.   pp., including tables, 13 lithographed maps (2 large & folding).
Vol. 3: Historia natural: mamíferos y aves [main title]. 1845.  39  pp.; Aves (by Ramón de la Sagra, F. L. P. Gervais, and Alcides dOrbigny) [divisional title]. 1839.  220 pp.
Vol. 4: Historia natural: reptiles y peces (by Cocteau, Bibron, and A. Guichenot). 1843.  255 pp.
Vol. 5: Historia natural: moluscos (by Alcides dOrbigny). 1845.  376 pp.
Vol. 6: Foraminiferas (by Alcides dOrbigny). 1840. 180 pp.
Vol. 7: Historia natural: crustáceos, aragnides é insectos (by M. F. É. Guérin-Méneville, H. Lucas, Jacquilin-Duval, Baron Selya-Longchamps, and Bigot). 1856.  xxxii, 371 pp.
Vol. 8: Historia natural: Atlas de Zoología. 1855.  pp., 146 plates (137 colored or tinted, 9 black and white).
Vol. 9: Historia natural: Botánica (by C. Montagne). 1845.  64  328 pp.
Vol. 10: Historia natural: Botánica (by A. Richard). 1845.  319 pp.
Vol. 11: Historia natural: Botánica (by A. Richard). 1850. 339   pp.
Vol. 12: Historia natural: Botánica. 1855.  pp., 122 botanical plates (20 hand-colored, 102 black and white).
Supplement: Suplemento a la sección económico-política (by Ramón de la Sagra). 1861.  282 pp.
First Spanish edition (a French edition was published at the same time-an exact translation of this Spanish edition, but lacking some of the fossil shell plates). Because of its usefulness to anyone wishing to study Cuba, because of the extraordinary resources that went into its production (primarily due to its 269 [sic; actually 268] plates, engraved in copper and retouched by hand by the best specialists of that time), and because it has been for such a long time the greatest rarity of Cuban bibliography, the thirteen volumes of La Sagras Historia may be considered the most valuable possession for any collection specializing in Cuba and the Caribbean (Carlos Ripoll, La Sagras Historia, in Revista Interamericana de Bibliografía, XL:3, 1990, pp. 421-27).
This remarkable work, which constitutes the first comprehensive survey of Cuba, is one of the most rare and unusual books relating to America. In the tradition of Humboldt, the author, an innovative pioneer in the study of Cuban history, presents an extensive compilation of the islands population, slavery, government, politics, economy, agriculture, commerce, climate, geography, flora, fauna, and more, all of which is presented with a rigorous methodology, through statistical tables, maps, detailed descriptions, and scientifically accurate drawings from nature. Sagras work was published in 190 separate fascicles that began appearing in 1837 and continued for over twenty years. Max Henríquez Ureña, wrote in 1963: La Sagra had to overcome numerous difficulties to achieve publication of his work.... Since it was edited under such unusual circumstances, it is extremely difficult today to find a complete collection (Panorama histórico de la literatura cubana, New York, 1963, I, p. 372). In 1861 the author himself lamented how few sets were available: My voluminous work, printed with ill-conceived luxury, suffered during its publication singular losses in the text that condemned it to be little known even before it was finished. He explains that the Spanish government commissioned only 300 copies of the work, but the majority of those copies were burned or lost, making it difficult for him to compile a complete set for his own use.
Jorge Aguayo in his definitive 1946 study of this work, described the set as the most complete and important work of its kind; noted that he had not been able to find a perfect set in any of the public libraries in Cuba (In 1887, thirty years after it was finished, Bernard Quaritch, the famous London bookseller, commented that the Spanish edition of La Sagra had become rare and that it would increase in value with time); and that the work is one of the most difficult works to find in perfect condition (see pp. 2, 7, 31-32 in Memorias de la Sociedad Cubana de Historia Natural Felipe Poey, 18:2). A. Burton-Garbett of Morden, England, offered a set in 1993 for £55,000. However, it was the fine King Leopold of Belgium set (12 vols., plus the 1831 preliminary Historia (see Sabin 74919), but without the 1861 supplement present in our set. Another set is said to have sold for $148,000 recently, but we have not been able to confirm this.
Anker, Bird Books and Bird Art, pp. 383n (citing the French
edition). BMC (Nat. Hist.), p. 1,781. Chacón y Calvo, Historia de
la Sagra, in Diario de la Marina (Havana, March 15, 1958) 4-A:
Among the greatest rarities of Cuban bibliography. Nissen (Zoology)
3547. Palau 284796. Sabin 74913, 74921: The plates contain facsimiles of
some early maps relating to Cuba, including the chart of Juan de la Cosa.
Wood, p. 547. (13 vols.)
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162. SARTRE, Jean Paul. Les chemins de la liberté: LAge de raison. Le Sursis. La Mort dans lâme. Paris: Gallimard, 1945, 1945, 1949. 309 + 350 + 293 pp. 3 vols., small 8vo, original decorated bindings (cloth and paper over boards) by Mario Prassinos. Very good condition.
First editions, limited issues (1,000 sets on Alfa). The first
two volumes were limited to 1,000 copies on special paper in this binding, and
the third volume to 2,050 copies. Despite the relatively large limitation,
complete sets are by no means common. This work is arguably the cornerstone
novel in existential literature. It is the most important expression in
twentieth century prose of the theme of the absurd hero, and it is significant
that in Sartres vision the road to freedom leads to nowhere. Lake,
Baudelaire to Beckett 463n. (3 vols.)
163. SCHULZ, H. C. The Gothic Script of the Middle Ages...Together with an Original Leaf from a Gothic Manuscript.... San Francisco: [Grabhorn Press for] David Magee, 1939.  16  pp., title, paragraph marks, and colophon printed in red, caption titles in blue, one gold leaf initial + an original leaf of manuscript on vellum with gold-leaf initial and two decorated initials. Tall 8vo, original henna figured silk, white spine label printed in gold. Engraved bookplate of Henry R. Wagner, eminent bibliophile and pioneer bibliographer of diverse western subjects (The Plains and the Rockies, Cartography of the Northwest Coast, The Spanish Southwest, etc.). Offsetting from bookplate.
First edition, limited edition (71 copies printed, with inserted
original manuscript leaf). Grabhorn (1915-1940) 322.
164. SHAKESPEARE, William. Othello, the Moor of Venice. A Tragedy. As it Hath Been Divers Times Acted at the Globe, and at the Black-Friers: And Now at the Theatre Royal, by Her Majesties Servants. London: R. Wellington at the Dolphin and Crown at the West End of St. Pauls Churchyard, 1705.  75  pp. Small 4to, full dark olive morocco stamped in gilt and blind, gilt-decorated spine with raised bands, inner gilt dentelles, a.e.g., by Zaehnsdorf. Two scratches to binding, upper hinge weak, text age-toned, a few minor tears at blank margins, closely trimmed occasionally affecting catchwords or running heads.
This edition was edited by John Dryden. Ford, Shakespeare 1700-1740:
A Collation of the Editions and Separate Plays 213. Jaggard, Shakespeare,
MANUSCRIPTS ON THE SIERRA GORDA MISSIONS - 1692-1793
165. [SIERRA GORDA MISSIONS]. ESCANDÓN, José de, Juan Ramos de Lara, et al. Collection of original manuscripts (including contemporary official and non-official copies), mostly in Spanish (one in Latin), containing royal decrees, reports on missions, tours of inspection, statistical summaries for various missions, legal matters and opinions, plans, etc. relating to the Sierra Gorda missions in Northern Mexico (Nuevo León). Mexico and Madrid, 1692 to 1763. 114 pp., folio (plain and sealed papers). Occasional light staining, generally very fine and legible.
This valuable documentary collection of unpublished source materials on the borderlands covers two phases of missionary activities in Sierra Gorda-the 1690s by the Dominicans, and 1740-1763 by the Franciscans. Despite establishment of missions, active colonization, and pacification efforts, this region was seldom free of violent conflict until the colonization project of José de Escandón in the 1730s. After two hundred years of resistance, the defiant tribes of Sierra Gorda were the last to submit to Spanish domination.
The earlier manuscripts document the establishment and administration of the first formal mission system in Sierra Gorda in the 1690s by Dominican Felipe Galindo Chávez y Pineda (Dicc. Porrúa, p. 1134). Galindo established eight missions, several convents, and later served as bishop of Guadalajara. These early efforts failed. The tribes destroyed and burned churches and missions, and the missionaries and Spanish settlers were forced to abandon the region.
The later manuscripts contain descriptive reports documenting in great detail the next phase of missionary activity, following Escandóns successful colonization and brilliant pacification project. Included is Escandóns 28-page report from 1743 to the Viceroy describing his tour of inspection to the missions and making recommendations. At the time of this report, Escandón, known as the Father of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (New Handbook II, p. 889), served as colonel of the military companies of Querétaro. At no time during the colonial history of New Spain were so many settlements founded in such a comparatively short period, and so peacefully.
Finally, the collection provides good background information on the
milieu in which Junípero Serra and his brothers labored in the 1750s,
before missionizing California. Responding to an urgent call for missionaries
in Sierra Gorda in 1750, Serra labored there until 1758. See Geiger,
Franciscan Missionaries in Hispanic California, pp. 240-41. Inventory
166. SIMEÓN, Rémi. Dictionnaire de la langue náhuatl ou mexicaine, rédigé d'après les documents imprimés et manuscrits les plus authentiques et précédé d'une introduction. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1885.  lxxv  710 pp. Large 4to, contemporary half forest green morocco over marbled boards. Some scuffing to covers, light foxing at front and back, generally very good. Laid in the book is a 17-page selection of Náhuatl texts from the Annales de Chimalpahin entitled Chrestomathie Náhuatl, and 11 pages of contemporary manuscript notes on the author and a contract with Leroux (for a book never published).
First edition. Glass, p. 702. Griffin 1347: "A classic
Náhuatl-French dictionary and Náhuatl grammar [by the] important
nineteenth-century French Nahuatlato. Palau 314104. Pilling 3602. Sabin
81139. Ugarte 399. Fundamental para los estudiosos de la
antiqüedades mexicanas (Dicc. Porrúa III, p. 2745).
Introductory pages (xxiii-lxviii) contain the authors Náhuatl
grammar. Simeón built his study upon the strong foundation of the work
of Alonso de Molina (1514?-1585), who compiled the first dictionary of the
Aztec language in 1555. R. Gordon Wasson has called attention to the entries
for nanacatl and teonanactl.
167. [SLAVERY IN TEXAS: THE LUNDY GANG]. Three documents on the disputed ownership of the group of slaves known as The Lundy Gang. (1) Manuscript power of attorney, signed by Elizabeth Lynch Prioleau, of Charleston, South Carolina, appointing Wilmot B. De Saussure as her agent to sell her slaves in Texas. Childwall Parrish, Lancaster County, Great Britain, December 30, 1858. 1-1/2 pp., folio, plus manuscript docketing. (2) Printed affidavit completed in manuscript, in which Beverley Tucker, U.S. Consul in Liverpool, affirms Prioleau's identity. 1 p., 8vo, seal. (3) Manuscript order and bill of sale, signed by Albertus C. Spain, W. F. B. Haynesworth, et al., transferring ownership of The Lundy Gang from Mrs. M. M. McRae to Abner Jackson for $8,000. Sumpter District, South Carolina, January 4, 1859. 5 pp., folio, seal.
An interesting group, considering the wide geographic span of the
litigation, which originated in Galveston. The Lundy Gang was
awarded to Abner Jackson (New Handbook III, p. 892), who controlled three
magnificent plantations in Brazoria County (over 70,000 acres), was the second
largest slave-owner in Texas, and branded more than 5,000 calves annually. We
have no clue as to why the group of slaves was called The Lundy
Gang, and the term seems ironic, since Benjamin Lundy was one of the most
ardent abolitionists, particularly with regard to Texas (New Handbook V,
p. 338). (3 items)
168. [SOUTH DAKOTA]. Collection of eleven atlases containing over 400 large maps (mostly colored) relating to South Dakota (1903-1926), presenting an in-depth panorama of the state during a rapid phase of development. Included are maps of villages, towns, cities, townships, counties, and the state, along with hundreds of plats (showing ownership, ranches, farms, Indian reservations, schools, public buildings, businesses, physical features, etc.), statistical maps, hundreds of documentary photographs, business and patrons directories, ads, and explanatory texts and local histories. 11 vols., large folio, original cloth or leather over cloth (condition varies, some bindings poor or defective, but the maps, almost without exception, are very fine). Because this type of atlas was heavily used by real estate developers, investors, and others, few copies have survived, and institutional holdings are scant.
(1) PETERSON, E. Frank. Historical Atlas of South Dakota.... Vermilion, 1904.  214  pp. (including 80 maps on 82 pages), hundreds of documentary photographic plates and text illustrations, additional text maps. Phillips, Atlases 2573. Includes statistical maps showing population by counties, distribution of cattle, Indian reservations, etc.
(2) BROCK & COMPANY. Standard Atlas of Clark County.... Chicago, 1920.  7-75  xxii pp. (including 43 maps on 44 pages), photographic illustrations, ads. Not in Phillips.
(3) OGLE, George A. Standard Atlas of Grant County.... Chicago, 1910.  7-75  xxii pp. (including 33 maps on 33 pages), photographic illustrations, ads. Phillips, Atlases 3904.
(4) __________. Standard Atlas of Hughes County.... Chicago, 1916.  7-97  xxiii pp. (including 40 maps on 43 pages), photographic illustrations, ads. Not in Phillips.
(5) __________. Standard Atlas of Lincoln County.... Chicago, 1910.  7-79, xxii pp. (including 27 maps on 30 pages), photographic illustrations, ads. Phillips, Atlases 3911.
(6) __________. Standard Atlas of McCook County.... Chicago, 1911.  7-75  xxii pp. (including 27 maps on 30 pages), photographic illustrations, ads. Phillips, Atlases 3913.
(7) __________. Standard Atlas of Minnehaha County.... Chicago, 1903.  7-97  xxii pp. (including 43 maps on 42 pages), photographic illustrations, ads. Phillips, Atlases 3915.
(8) SMITH, Percy D. Smiths Atlas of Minnehaha County.... Redfield, 1926. 84 pp. (including 41 maps on 48 pages), large folding map, 2 related maps laid in. Not in Phillips.
(9) OGLE, George A. Standard Atlas of Sanborn County.... Chicago, 1912.  7-67  xxii pp. (including 26 maps on 28 pages), photographic illustrations, ads. Phillips, Atlases 3917a.
(10) __________. Standard Atlas of Sully County.... Chicago, 1912.  7-63  xxii pp. (including 37 maps on 41 pages), photographic illustrations, ads. Lacking title, a few maps rough and with tape repairs. Not in Phillips.
(11) __________. Standard Atlas of Tripp County.... Chicago,
1915.  7-77  xxii pp. (including 64 maps on 61 pages), photographic
illustrations, ads. Not in Phillips. (11 atlases)
WRITTEN BY SUCRE AFTER THE LIBERATION OF QUITO
169. SUCRE, Antonio José de. Autograph manuscript, signed. Quito, August 29, 1822. 1 p., 8vo, on printed official stationery República de Colombia, Yntendencia del Departamento de Quito. At left margin in another hand is a synopsis of receipt and disposition, with rubrics of three officials. Matted and framed. Four small tears at left blank margin where removed from a legajo, otherwise fine.
Sucre (1795-1830), Venezuelan general of independence and first
constitutional President of Bolivia, and foremost of Bolívars
lieutenants, penned this manuscript shortly after his victory at the Battle of
Pichincha, which secured the final liberation of Quito. The content relates to
money urgently needed in the struggle for independence. Sucre explains that
5,154 pesos had been obligated to the Province of Quito to the Spaniard
Saravia, but that he died at Guayaquil.
170. [TEXAS BANKING]. COAHUILA AND TEXAS (Mexican State). LAWS (April 30, 1835). [Decree No. 308 of the Congreso constitucional, promulgated by Governor Viesca, authorizing Samuel May Williams to establish a bank in the Department of Brazos to be called the Commercial and Agricultural Bank. With heading]: Gobierno Supremo del Estado libre de Coahuila y Texas. Monclova, April 30, 1835. 1 p., folio broadside. Left blank margin unevenly trimmed and some staining. Contemporary ink notations.
First printing of the law establishing the first commercial bank
in Texas. Streeter 822: The first step in the establishment of a bank in
Texas. On December 10, 1836, the First Congress of the Texas Republic
recognized this bank charter granted to Samuel May Williams, Stephen F.
Austins secretary; the bank operated sporadically until 1859. This
bank helped arrange loans for the Texas Revolution and for funding the Republic
(New Handbook I, p. 371).
THE TEXAS STAMP ACT
171. [TEXAS COLONIZATION]. MEXICO (Republic). LAWS (April 6, 1830). [Circular issued by the Mexican state of Nuevo León publishing the law repealing the colonization law of March 24, 1825, and providing for colonization contracts by Mexican empresarios]. Monterrey, April 18, 1830. 2 pp., folio. Original ink rubrics of Mexican officials Joaquín García and Pedro del Valle. Small hole from corrosion of ink on first signature (affecting about three words), otherwise fine.
The Nuevo León issue of the Law of April 6, 1830, perhaps the
most pivotal decree in Texas history, by which Mexico attempted to staunch the
flood of Anglo-American immigration into Texas, restrict foreign trade, abolish
slavery, and place Mexican troops in Texas. The Law of April 6, 1830 [is]
said to be the same type of stimulus to the Texas Revolution that the Stamp Act
was to the American Revolution (New Handbook IV, p. 118). Streeter
759n (citing the Mexico City printing, but not this Nuevo León issue):
Of great importance in the history of Texas. Although reasonable
from the Mexican point of view, this law outraged many Anglo-American colonists
in Texas. Barker devotes Chapter 10 of his biography of Stephen F. Austin to
this law and its consequences.
172. [TEXAS NAVY]. [MOORE, EDWIN WARD]. Manuscript account with heading: "D[ebi]t Com. E. W. Moore of the Texas Navy in Account Current with [William] Bryan Austin & Cy. Cr." [Galveston], December, 1841. 1 p., double folio, ruled ledger paper. Very fine.
The manuscript documents Commodore Moores personal expenses in
provisioning Texas Navy ships San Bernard (New Handbook V, 823)
and San Antonio (New Handbook V, 794-95) in November, prior to
Moores departure to cruise off the Yucatan coast in conformity with the
Texas-Yucatan treaty, by which the Republic of Texas agreed to aid the
Yucatecan rebels in their uprising against the Mexican government. The
accounting reflects insurance, foodstuffs, provisions, drayage, towing,
cordwood, and maintenance. New Handbook IV, pp. 816-17.
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