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Auction 5: Lots 84-95


Item 84


84. HOBBS, James. Wild Life in the Far West: Personal Adventures of a Border Mountain Man. Comprising...Adventures with Kit Carson...Captivity and Life among the Comanches...Services under Doniphan in the War with Mexico...Desperate Combats with Apaches.... Hartford: Wiley, Waterman & Eaton, 1872. 488 pp., chromolithograph frontispiece (The Author as a Comanche), engraved plates and text-illustrations (several of Texas subjects). 8vo, original green cloth. Binding faded and rubbed (short split at upper joint), hinges cracked (but strong), intermittent mild to moderate foxing.

First edition. Adams, Guns 977: "Chapter on Joaquin Murieta." Barrett, Baja 1215n. Cowan, p. 286 (1874 ed.). Dobie, pp. 87-88: "Hobbs saw just about all the elephants and heard just about all the owls to be seen and heard in the Far West.... Should be reprinted." Eberstadt 138:268. Flake 4055 (1873 ed.). Garrett, Mexican-American War, p. 221. Graff 1914. Howes H550: "Hobbs was a companion of Kit Carson, Kirker, and other mountain men of the Southwest." Phillips, Sport, p. 180: "The hunting experience is abundant. A very interesting book of Western experience." Rittenhouse 299. Saunders 2956. Smith 4531. Vaughan, Narratives of North American Indian Captivity 133. Includes Hobbs' mining experiences in California in 1849.


85. HOLLEY, Mary Austin. Texas. Observations, Historical, Geographical and Descriptive, in a Series of Letters, Written during a Visit to Austin's Colony, with a View to a Permanent Settlement in that Country, in the Autumn of 1831. Baltimore: Armstrong & Plaskitt, 1833. 167 pp., engraved folding map (Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas, W. Hooker Sculpt. 10-7/16 x 13-1/4 inches). 16mo, original plum cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated on upper cover. 12mo, original plum cloth. Binding rubbed, faded, split at joints, old tear mended on upper cover at lower right. Hinges cracked but still held by original cords. Text with mild to moderate foxing. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of A. Dickins. The exceedingly rare Hooker map has one short tear where attached to book block.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 93B: "The first book on Texas by an Anglo-American...a key force in inducing subsequent immigration to Texas.... Austin guided [Holley] in every aspect of the writing of her book, which she dedicated to him. His map of Texas, the best by far up to that time, was reprinted in smaller format for use in the book with corrections given by Austin to Holley." Clark, Old South III:56. Graff 1935. Howes H593. Martin & Martin, p. 32: "In 1833, Austin's cousin Mary Austin Holley produced a promotional tract on Texas which, because Tanner refused Austin permission to use his map for the purpose, was issued with an accompanying map by William Hooker, which was clearly based on Austin's sources." Raines, p. 116. Sibley, Travelers in Texas 1761-1860, pp. 178-79: "Mary Austin Holley opened the great era of travel literature in Texas with Texas: Observations, Historical, Geographical and Descriptive.... Her books are standard sources for the later Mexican period because they are based on the writer's observations and information obtained from her cousin, Stephen Fuller Austin."

Streeter 1135 (selected as one of the books "especially desirable for a Texas collection.... One of my favorite books on life and travel in Texas"—pp. 327-28): "A charming account.... The first book in English entirely on Texas.... For a long time, I have regarded it as one of the Texas classics." Taliaferro 241: "Hooker's map is one of the earliest maps of Texas to show all of Texas to the Arkansas River, including the Panhandle." Vandale 87.

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86. HOLLEY, Mary Austin. Texas. Lexington: Clarke, 1836. viii, 410 pp., folding map of Texas with grants hand-colored (Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas. W. Hooker Sculpt. 10-7/16 x 13-1/2 inches). 16mo, original brown cloth (faint remains of printed paper spine label). Light discoloration and moderate shelf wear to binding, front hinge cracked, text moderately foxed. Pencil ownership inscription of J. O. Jones dated at Lexington, Kentucky, August 21, 1836. Map with two short tears at juncture with book block, very mild uniform age-toning, slight offsetting, excellent, vivid coloring. Although the 1833 Holley commands a higher price, we believe the 1836 book to be more rare in commerce.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 94: "An entirely different book from Mrs. Holley's 1833 volume, this contains a great deal more information on Texas history, geography, and society...." Clark, Old South III:56n. Fifty Texas Rarities 15. Graff 1935. Howes H593. Rader 1911. Raines, p. 116. Sibley, Travelers in Texas 1761-1860, p. 178. Streeter 1207. Vandale 88. One of the most influential of the early books on Texas, with early printings of official documents and reports of the newly forming Republic (e.g., first appearance in a book of Sam Houston's official report of the Battle of San Jacinto). Streeter preferred Holley's 1833 book, but Jenkins considered Holley's 1836 book more important and influential, commenting (Basic Texas Books 94): "In addition to the San Jacinto reports, it includes the first book printing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, of the Republic of Texas Constitution, of Travis' famous letter from the Alamo, of Austin's Louisville Address of 1836, and other key documents of the revolution. It includes the full text of the Mexican Constitution of 1824 and translations of the colonization laws, as well as chapters on money and banking, the mails, trade, natural history, society and manners, religion and Indians. It includes the best physical description of Texas up to that time, and a clear and concise analysis of the colonization and land grant system and of Austin's colonization activities." Obviously, the serious collector must have both the 1833 and 1836 books.

Having both the 1833 and the 1836 editions of Holley's book and comparing the two maps is instructive. Of course, the map in the 1833 edition is uncolored, whereas the map in the 1836 edition is quite striking with grants colored. Some additions on the 1836 map are: "Droves of Wild Cattle & Horses," "Herds of Buffalo," Cross Timbers; new towns and settlements include Laredo, Columbia, Bell's Lang., New Washington, C[ape] Bolivar, Cole's Set., Dr. Cox's Pte., Bastrop, Gonzales; new grants are located for Powers, De Leon, Beale and Grant, McMullen & McGloin's, John Cameron, Padilla and Chambers, Beales and Rayuellas; Choctaw, Creek, and Cherokee tribes are located in Arkansas Territory and Comanches are in West Texas. Other changes that appear in manuscript on the map in the 1836 book are: "Milam and" added before Wavel's Grant; Copano struck out and replaced with Corpus Christi; indecipherable notation at north boundary of Zavala Grant; Thorn's Grant has added "now Filisola" (latter appears to be stamped rather than written or printed). These same non-printed notations are found on the map in the facsimile reprint published by TSHA in 1985.

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Item 87, detail


87. HOUSTON, Samuel. Printed land grant completed in manuscript, signed, commencing: The State of Tennessee No. [264] To All to whom These Presents shall come; Greeting....[Charles F. Gudnan(?)] Granted....a Certain Tract of Land... [on Cumberland Mauntain waters of Daddys creek].... Nashville, Tennessee, September 19, 1827. Folio broadside with seal and engraving (oxen and plow). Creased where formerly folded, two small holes at fold junctures (partial loss of two letters). Fine, flamboyant signature.

Signed by Houston as Governor of Tennessee (1827-1829), shortly before his enigmatic separation from Eliza Allen and departure to live with the Cherokees.


88. HOUSTON, Samuel. The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863. Edited by Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker. Austin: University of Texas, 1938-1943. 8 vols., complete, original maroon cloth. Some insect damage to spines and upper cover of Vol. VIII, interior fine. Scarce (only 500 copies printed).

First edition. Basic Texas Books 96: "This compilation is the basic source for the writings of the most famous Texan. It contains all the letters, addresses, messages, speeches, and other writings of Houston from all sources, public and private, available to the editors at the time." Tate, The Indians of Texas 2066: "Absolutely essential to an understanding of relationships between Texas and its Indian population from the 1830s to the early 1860s." (8 vols.)


89. HOUSTOUN, Mrs. [Matilda C.]. Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; or Yachting in the New World.... London: Murray, 1844. viii, 314 + viii, 360 [16, ads] pp., 10 lithographed and engraved plates (including views of Havana, Galveston, and Houston and portrait of Sam Houston). 2 vols., 8vo, original blue blind-stamped cloth. Spines light, some binding wear and minor staining, Vol. I hinge cracked, Vol. II hinge broken, some minor foxing (mainly to tissue guards), text and plates generally fine and fresh.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 97: "This sprightly account was written by a wealthy English lady who visited Texas in 1842 in her husband's private yacht...She gives us some exceptional insights into Texas of the 1840s." Clark, Old South III:182. Hill, p. 154. Howes H693. Raines, p. 230. Sibley, Travelers in Texas, p. 211. Streeter 1506: "This is a pleasant and quite readable account of life at Galveston, with an excursion to the 'up-country' of a wealthy English couple in the winter of 1843-1844." The "Alpine" Houston view, while apocryphal, may well be the first published view of the city, and served as the prototype for several later views showing the city in the midst of mountains. See, for instance, Item 74 in our Auction 6 catalogue, for a Mexican rendition. (2 vols.)


90. HOUSTOUN, Mrs. [Matilda C.]. Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; or Yachting in the New World.... Philadelphia: Zieber, 1845. 288 pp., original lithographic plate of Santa Anna, engraved plate of the Houstoun's yacht, text illustrations. 16mo, original blind-stamped slate green cloth. Moderate wear to binding, front endpaper lacking, endpapers darkened, private library ownership stamp on title verso, scattered foxing.

First American edition of preceding. Basic Texas Books 97B.

91. JACKSON, A. T. Picture-Writing of Texas Indians. Austin: University of Texas Publication 3809, 1938. xxv [1] 490 pp., 49 maps, 224 plates (some in color). 8vo, original printed wrappers. Very fine in original mailing wrapper.

First edition. Basic Texas Books 150n: "Prehistoric Texas is best represented by the works of Jackson. Monumental and still unsurpassed." Tate, The Indians of Texas 342: "Constitutes the best source of information on prehistoric and historic rock art sites in the western half of Texas. Many of these examples are demonstrated by photographs. Also included are examples of skin paintings, especially from the Kiowas." Many of the pictographs illustrated in this cornerstone work have since been effaced.


92. JACKSON, Pearl Cashell. Texas Governors' Wives. Austin: Steck, [1915]. [2] 155 [1] pp., numerous photographic portraits. 12mo, original brown flexible suede. Fine.

First edition. Winegarten, p. 240. Not in standard bibliographies. Biographical sketches.


93. JOHNSON, Lyndon Baines. Typed letter, signed "Lyndon Johnson," to R. W. Aldrich in Austin, Texas. Austin, April 2, 1937, on stationery of Lyndon Johnson for Congress. 10th Texas District. 1 p., 4to. Very fine, with postmarked envelope.

A very early Johnson political letter. Candidate Johnson thanks Aldrich for his support in Johnson's first run for a political office. Recipient Aldrich (1869-1955), served as a Texas Ranger for almost four decades and was a gifted amateur naturalist and Texas historian, aiding Walter Prescott Webb's research for his book on the Texas Rangers. New Handbook I:98.

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94. JOHNSON, Lyndon Baines. 4 typed letters, all signed "Lyndon", to Claude Elliott, in San Marcos, Texas. Washington, D.C., March 22, 1941, March 28, 1941, February 12, 1944, March 11, 1944. 4 pp., 4to, on Johnson's Congressional stationery. Very fine. With 3 carbons of related letters from Elliott to Johnson (August 1943-March 1944)

Congressman Johnson writes to the Registrar of his alma mater, Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos. In the earliest letter LBJ thanks Elliott for requesting copies of Senators' and Representatives' speeches on Texas subjects, forwards him two, and suggests that Elliott write to each member individually. In the second letter Johnson responds to a similar request for "bulletins." The last two letters concern Elliott's request that his nephew be considered for an appointment to Annapolis. For more on Elliott, see New Handbook II:28-29.


Item 95, Eleanor's Pin-Up Boy


95. [JOHNSON, LYNDON BAINES]. Do You Want This in Texas? [cover title]. N.p., [1944]. 4 pp., illustrations. 8vo. Very fine.

An anti-Johnson brochure from his 1944 Congressional campaign. The brochure reprints a Congressional speech of Representative John Gibson of Georgia railing against equal employment opportunity for Black Americans and allies Johnson with arch-liberal Eleanor Roosevelt through use of a political cartoon entitled "Eleanor's Pin-Up Boy" (showing Eleanor Roosevelt admiring a portrait of LBJ) and a photograph of her with a gathering of Black leaders. An interesting insight into Johnson's early support of civil rights. The brochure concludes: "The first step to insure Texas against this unholy and unfair practice is to eliminate Lyndon B. Johnson."

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