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Auction 5: Lots 25-35


25. BOX, M. J. Capt. James Box's Adventures and Explorations in New and Old Mexico...A Guide to the Mineral Treasures of Durango, Chihuahua, the Sierra Nevada, (East Side), Sinaloa and Sonora, (Pacific Side), and the Southern Part of Arizona. New York: Miller, 1869. 344 pp. 12mo, original brown cloth. A shabby copy, binding worn and stained.

First edition, second issue (same sheets as the 1861 edition, but with new title). Eberstadt 107:35: "Box was a Captain of the Texas Rangers, a keen and faithful observer, and his book is one of the best descriptive narratives of the southwestern country." Graff 372: "This excellent narrative is based on the author's personal experiences, especially as a member of the Texas Rangers." Howes B671. Wallace, Arizona History 1.


Item 26


26. BOYD, Mrs. 0. B. [Frances]. Cavalry Life in Tent and Field. New York: Tait, 1894. 376 [1] [7, ads] pp., frontispiece portrait of Capt. Boyd. 12mo, original blue pictorial cloth. Binding rubbed and with mild to moderate staining, title-page beginning to split at inner left margin. Scarce, privately printed in a small edition.

First edition. Eberstadt 131:86: "Valuable particulars of the Indian campaigns." Graff 374. Howes B674. Myres, Following the Drum, p. 4: "Army life at various cavalry posts in California and the Southwest." Rader 437. Raines, p. 29. Tate, Indians of Texas 3296: "Includes the full text of a lecture on experiences among the Kiowa as delivered by Captain Orsemus B. Boyd to the Masonic Lodge in San Antonio. The text offers a view of 'American Civilization' as seen through the eyes of mythical Kiowa leader, Weeping Weasel." Wallace, Arizona History VI:9. Army life in the West (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Colorado) from 1867 to 1885, written from the distaff view. Mrs. Boyd and her husband were stationed at Fort Clark near Brackettville for several years, and saw temporary service at Fort Duncan.


27. BRACHT, Viktor. Texas in 1848.... San Antonio: Naylor, [1931]. xxiv [2] 223 pp., portrait. 8vo, original green cloth. Endsheets very slightly foxed, else fine in the scarce d.j.

First edition in English. Agatha, p. 7. Basic Texas Books 21A: "One of the best Texas immigration guides, this book is also a valuable contribution to our knowledge of early Texas. Bracht is one of the few early writers on Texas who based his report almost entirely on his personal observations.... [H]is book is one of the few guides to contain criticism as well as praise." Clark, Old South III:278. Dobie, p. 50. Howes B682. Raines, p. 29n.

Item 28, One of the Mexican-American War battles fought on Texas soil

28. BRACKETT, A. G. History of the United States Cavalry, from the Formation of the Federal Government to the 1st of June, 1863. To Which is Added a List of all of the Cavalry Regiments, with the Names of Their since the Breaking out of the Rebellion. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1865. xii [13]-337 [1] [2, ads] pp., frontispiece, engraved plates (one Texas plate, Resaca de Palma), maps. 12mo, original brown cloth, gilt sabers on upper cover, bevelled edges. Some outer wear and staining.

First edition. Flake 787. Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 110. Graff 381. Howes B692. Plains & Rockies IV:411: "Accounts of Doniphan, Cooke, and Frémont." Rittenhouse 78. Includes much of Texas interest: Mexican-American battles fought on Texas soil, Albert Sidney Johnston and Robert E. Lee in Texas, camel experiment, Van Dorn and the 1858 Wichita Expedition, Cortina raids, Twiggs and Texas Secession, author's participation in fights with Apaches and Comanches, etc.


29. BRADY, Wm. Glimpses of Texas: Its Divisions, Resources, Development and Prospects. Houston: [Gray and Cushing], 1871. 104 [1, index (inside lower wrapper)] pp., folding colored map of Texas by G. W. & C. B. Colton (Map of Texas to Accompany "Brady's Glimpses of Texas." E. H. Cushing, Houston, Texas, 1871, 11-15/16 x 14-15/16 inches). 16mo, original tan printed wrappers, sewn. Wraps lightly soiled and creased, text very fine, map excellent and bright, printed errata slip pasted on inside wrap. The guide was issued both with and without the map--copies with the map are the exception. Signed postcard by pioneer printer and newspaperman E. H. Cushing, who printed the pamphlet.

First edition of a rare promotional, with an excellent map. Adams, Herd 303: "Rare. Chapter on stock raising." Day, p. 85. Graff 387: "Devoted to the enticement of immigrants." Howes B714. Rader 460. Raines, p. 30. Winkler-Friend 2779. Promotional touting resources and opportunities in Texas, including cotton, sugar, corn, and wheat farming, stock raising, lumber, manufactures, railroads, lands for sale, ads for businesses in Houston and Galveston, etc. In his glowing section on "Society in Texas," Brady declares: "Outrage, arson, forgery, swindling, and malicious mischief rarely occur in Texas." The fine map of Texas contains insets of "Plan of the Environs of Houston" (showing Houston-Galveston area with railroad and wharf connections) and a general map of U.S. and Mexico. See New Handbook II:458 for more on Cushing.


Item 30


30. BREWER, J. Mason. Negro Legislators of Texas.... Dallas: Mathis, [1935]. x, 134 pp., plates. 12mo, original green cloth. Fine in d.j. Very scarce.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 10n. Cruz & Irby 3009. Early scholarly treatment of Black history in Texas. "Brewer's list of 'firsts' is impressive...first Black member of the Texas Folklore Society...first Black member of the Texas Institute of Letters...chosen one of twenty-five best Texas authors by Theta Sigma Phi...first Black to serve as vice president of the American Folklore Society."


Item 31, "Home for the Boys"

31. BROWNE, John Ross. Adventures in the Apache Country: A Tour Through Arizona and Sonora, with Notes on the Silver Regions of Nevada. New York: Harper, 1869. 535 [1] [4, ads] pp., 155 illustrations by author. 8vo, original brown cloth. Binding lightly worn and shaken, text browned.

First separate edition (originally published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine 1864-65; the book, but not the periodical, includes one of the earliest accounts of Death Valley). Alliot, p. 40. Edwards, Desert Voices, pp. 24-25; Enduring Desert, p. 35; Lost Oases along the Carrizo, p. 75. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon 26: "Worthy of note both for its descriptions of the Colorado Desert and Yuma and, more especially for the introduction of a type of humor originated in Western Literature by Derby (John Phoenix) and passed on by Browne to Mark Twain." Field 197. Graff 437. Howes B875. Paher 218: "Among the all-time great Nevada books." Rader 519. Wallace, Arizona History 2. WLA, A Literary History of the West, p. 90: "Browne spent about twenty-five years in the West.... He travelled extensively throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Oregon, and Washington, and his letters, journals, articles, and reports constitute the fullest and most reliable account of life in the West left by a single person in the third quarter of the nineteenth century;" p. 625: "Adventures in the Apache an astute observer's portrayal of the home of the Apache in southern Arizona and in Sonora, Mexico." ($150-300)


Item 32, "F.M. Buckelew"


32. BUCKELEW, F. M. Life of F. M. Buckelew: The Indian Captive, as Related by Himself. Written by T. S. Dennis and Mrs. T. S. Dennis. Bandera: Hunter, [1925]. 192 pp., photographic illustrations. 12mo, original tan printed wrappers. A few very light stains, but overall a very fine copy of a fragile book.

Second edition, revised and enlarged (first edition, Mason, 1911; only about 50 copies printed). Dobie, p. 32: "Homely and realistic." Eberstadt 162:97: "A very scarce Texas captivity." Howes B108. Tate, The Indians of Texas 2266. Vaughan, Narratives of North American Indian Captivity 65. Buckelew, who was living and working on the Davenport Ranch on the Sabinal River, was captured in March of 1866 by the Lipan Apaches. Buckelew remained with the tribe until February 1867, and his captor adopted him as a son. Buckelew's book is filled with valuable, detailed first-hand observations of the Apache—hunting buffalo, stealing horses, domestic life and rituals, diet (including sotol), encounters with Kickapoos, dances, gambling, marriage ceremony, etc.


33. BURNET, David G. & James W. Fannin. Bound typescript and manuscript transcriptions of papers and correspondence by and relating to Burnet and Fannin. 260 leaves. 4to, half brown cloth over boards. Moderate outer wear and spotting, some pages browned due to cheap paper.

The documents copied are from the Fannin papers in the Houston Public Library and the Burnet papers in the Rosenberg Library.

Item 34, frontispiece

34. CARROLL, J. M. A History of Texas Baptists: Comprising a Detailed Account of their Activities, their Progress and their Achievements. Dallas: Baptist Standard Publishing, 1923. 1,030 pp., photographic plates. Large 8vo, original maroon cloth. A few minor spots to binding, marginal browning to title-page, contemporary ownership inscription on front endpapers effaced. The only copy we trace offered for sale was in 1961 (see W. M. Morrison's 1963 ed. of Texas Book Prices).

First edition. Rader 604. Assuredly, this work is colored by the author's intense religious faith (the Texas Revolution is distilled thus, "Probably the world furnishes no more striking and spectacular example of a struggle for civil and religious liberty;" and the August 1840 Comanche-Kiowa raid on Victoria is prefaced by the statement, "As fought and wrought the Jews in the days of Nehemiah, so Texas Baptist fathers fought and wrought, and wrought and fought"). Nevertheless, this massive book includes a wealth of valuable information on early Texas settlers, battles with Native Americans, Indian captivities, religious pioneers, mission work, and the establishment of Baptist churches and institutions (nine chapters on Baylor) throughout the State. The author was a noted Baptist leader and historian (New Handbook I:991). W. Thomas Taylor published Carroll's Just Such a Time! (Austin, 1987).


Item 35, frontispiece

35. CARTER, R. G. On the Border with Mackenzie: Or Winning West Texas from the Comanches. Washington: Eynon, [1935]. [2] xviii, 418 [2] 419-542 pp., 3 portraits. 8vo, original red cloth. Fore-edges lightly foxed, else fine. A genuine modern Western rarity, printed in a very limited edition during the Depression.

First edition of the primary source on the subjugation of the Native Americans of the Panhandle and Llano Estacado. Basic Texas Books 25: "One of the best sources on the Federal cavalry campaigns against the Indians in the 1870s. Jeff Dykes described it as 'the most complete account of the Indian wars of the Texas frontier in the seventies.' John M. Carroll wrote that 'Carter's enormously important writings on frontier military history will be recognized as source material for all future historians.' L. F. Sheffy called it 'a splendid contribution to the early frontier history of West Texas.... It is a story filled with humor and pathos, tragedies and triumphs, hunger and thirst, war and adventure'... [Carter] pulls no punches in this outspoken narrative.... This is best exemplified in his vilification of his old enemy, Quanah Parker.... Some chapters of the book...were printed as separate pamphlets in 1919-1920, each limited to 100 copies for private distribution to friends [these pamphlets are now very rare and costly]." Campbell, p. 177.

Decker 48:45: "This important historical work, the original edition of which was issued in a very limited number, has been most elusive since its first publication in 1935." Dykes, Western High Spots ("Western Movement—Its Literature"), p. 18. Howes C195. Rader 611. Tate, The Indians of Texas 3002: "Perhaps the best first-hand description of Texas military life and campaigns against Comanches and Kiowas during the turbulent 1870s. As a captain in Ranald Mackenzie's Fourth Cavalry, Carter participated in some of the most important events, and he describes these in great detail. No one researching this phase of Comanche and Kiowa history can afford to overlook this source." Carter begins his narrative with an account of his honeymoon trip through West Texas to a wedding bower in a tent at Fort Concho. He spent the next five years with the Fourth U.S. Cavalry in Texas assisting legendary cavalry commander General Mackenzie in a concentrated military offensive against the Comanche and other tribes. At the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon in 1874, Mackenzie's assault on Quanah Parker and his people (and the slaughter of the 2,000-head herd of horses on which their way of life was dependent) sounded the death knell of the Comanche as a cohesive unit in Texas, thus opening the way for Anglo settlement of the region. Carter retired in 1876 and in 1900 received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his action in the 1871 Brazos River Campaign. See New Handbook I:1001 (Carter) and IV:416 (Mackenzie).

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