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126. HORD’S HOTEL. Letterhead on ruled stationary. 1 sheet, 26.7 x 20.4 cm. Fine, with an illustration of the hotel in upper left-hand corner and with an August 17, 1879 letter written by Shelton Dowell, A G.W. Littlefield nephew, from the hotel in San Antonio, to “My Dear Lizzie,” which mentions a visit to San Pedro Springs: “the whole place was lined with Gentlemen, Ladies, and Children all of whom seemed to be having a very happy time, Our principal amusement was target shooting.”     $40


127. HOUSE, Boyce. City of Flaming Adventure: The Chronicle of San Antonio. San Antonio: Naylor, 1949. [2] ix [1, blank] 214 pp., frontispiece, woodcut text illustrations, pictorial endpapers. 8vo, original green cloth. Binding lightly shelf-worn, otherwise fine in worn and water-stained d.j. Signed by author.

    First edition, “fiesta edition” with author’s signature on printed recto of frontispiece. CBC 368. Guns 1039. Herd 1074. TC 179 (referring to 1968 revised edition).     $20


128. HOUSE, Boyce. City of Flaming Adventure.... San Antonio: Naylor, 1949. Another copy, recto of frontispiece blank and lacking author’s signature. Fine in d.j. (light insect damage).     $15


129. HOUSE, Boyce. City of Flaming Adventure.... San Antonio: Naylor, 1949. Another copy, recto of frontispiece blank and lacking author’s signature, alternate binding. 8vo, original green and tan cloth. Binding lightly browned, a few small splits to upper hinge, otherwise near fine in torn and water-stained d.j. (fragment from upper panel laid into book).     $15


130. ILG, Rev. John. San Jose, Queen of the Missions. San Antonio: {Artes Graficas for} Franciscan Fathers, 1937. 66 pp., photographic illustrations by H.L. Summerville. 8vo, original tan pictorial wrappers, stapled. Fine.

    CBC 371 (showing publication date of 1940) $10


131. JAMES, Vinton Lee. Frontier and Pioneer Recollections of Early Days in San Antonio and West Texas. San Antonio: Artes Graficas for the author, 1938. 210 pp., 9 plates. 8vo, original textured red cloth gilt. Light shelf wear, a little foxing to edges and pages adjacent to plates, ink smudge on pp. 30-31, otherwise near fine.

    First edition. CBC 376. Guns 1157: “Rare.” Herd 1149. Much on Southwest Texas from San Antonio to Del Rio. Very scarce borderlands book.     $325


132. JEFFRIES, C.C. Lights of the Alamo. Dallas: John E. Rosser, 1946. 21 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original white wrappers with gilt Republic of Texas seal, stapled. Wrappers lightly rubbed and foxed, otherwise near fine.

    CBC 379 (referring to 1921 edition).     $15


133. JOHNS, E.B. Camp Travis and its Part in the World War. New York: E.B. Johns, 1919. 337 [1, blank] pp., many photographic illustrations, ads. 4to, original olive pictorial cloth. Covers mildew stained, edges spotted, light water damage throughout text, fair condition only.

    Not in CBC.     $10


134. KEMP, L.W. The Burial Place of the Alamo Heroes [caption title]. N.p., n.d. [13] folios. Folio, unbound stapled sheets. Creased where formerly folded, lightly browned, otherwise near fine.     $20


135. LOCHBAUM, Jerry (ed.). Old San Antonio: History in Pictures. [San Antonio]: Express Publishing, 1965. 56 pp, many photographic illustrations. 4to, original color pictorial wrappers, stapled. Spine sunned, small stain to upper wrap, a little browning to last page, otherwise very good.

    TC 166.     $25


136. LOCHBAUM, Jerry (ed.). Old San Antonio: History in Pictures. [San Antonio]: Express Publishing, 1968. 56 pp., 4 plates. 4to, original color pictorial wrappers, stapled. Fine.

    Later printing of previous item, with addition of two leaves of color plates.     $25


137. LOMAX, Louise. San Antonio’s River. San Antonio: Naylor, 1948. ix [3, blank] 95 [1, blank] pp., 16 plates, inserted “fiesta edition” leaf. 8vo, original silver cloth. Light shelf wear to binding, edges foxed, otherwise fine in water-stained and lightly worn d.j. Signed by author.

    First edition, “Fiesta edition.” CBC 390.     $50


138. LORD, Walter. A Time to Stand. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1961. 255 [1] pp., maps, 16 plates, endpapers with bird’s-eye view of the Alamo. 8vo, original black cloth, top edge dyed red. Fine in lightly-worn d.j. (a few small tears and chips). Signed by author on half-title.

    First edition. Not in CBC. TC 213 (1978 reprint).     $30


139. MACKENSEN, Bernard. The Trees and Shrubs of San Antonio and Vicinity: A Handbook of the Woody Plants Growing Naturally In and About San Antonio. San Antonio: Published by the author, 1909. 51 [1] pp., 12 plates. 12mo, original grey printed wrappers. Light wear to fragile wraps, foxing to leaves near wraps, otherwise fine.

    First edition. CBC 394.     $50


140. MADLEM, Wilma. San Jose Mission: Its Legends, Lore, and History. Story of “The Queen of Missions”. San Antonio: Naylor, 1934. [2] 22 pp., 4 plates. 12mo, blue cloth boards gilt over blue printed wrappers. Binding lightly rubbed and soiled, endpapers and text browned, ink ownership inscription of J.C. Ingram on front free endpaper, label of Harris County Historical Society on front pastedown, otherwise very good. Newspaper clipping on “Penitenties” practicing secret rites at San Jose Mission laid in.

    First edition. CBC 395. Rader 2329.     $15


141. [MAP]. SOUTHWELL MAP COMPANY. City Map of Greater San Antonio with New City Limits Line. San Antonio: Southwell Map Co., n.d. Folding street map: Open: 71 x 53.2 cm.; Folded: 23.8 x 10.7 cm. Pamphlet printed in black on two sides: Recto with large street map of San Antonio, verso with index, illustrations of landmarks, and smaller business section map. Fine.     $10


142. MATTOX, J.W. Fall of the Alamo [wrapper title]. Winnsboro, n.d. [4] pp., illustrated. 8vo, single folded sheet. Minor tears to edges, text foxed and browned, else good.     $35


143. MAVERICK, Jane Maury. Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas [wrapper title]. N.p., n.d. [8] pp., text illustrations. 8vo, original cream printed self-wrappers, stapled. Light wear and soiling to wraps, otherwise very good.

    Not in CBC.     $20


144. MAVERICK, Mary A. The Fall of the Alamo [wrapper title]. N.p., n.d. [8] pp., text illustrations. 8vo, original cream self-wrappers, stapled. Wraps lightly browned with small split at head of spine, otherwise near fine.

    Not in CBC.     $20


145. MAVERICK, Mary A. Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick, Arranged by Mary A. Maverick and Her Son, Geo. Madison Maverick, Edited by Rena Maverick Green. San Antonio: Alamo Printing, 1921. 136 pp., frontispiece, 15 plates. 8vo, original tan pictorial stiff wrappers. Light wear, foxing, and soiling to wraps, lower wrap and last few leaves lightly creased, edges foxed, otherwise very good, interior fresh and bright. Signed by Rena Maverick Green on title page.

    First edition, first issue, line 5 on p. 63 ending “of the blacksmith shop” continuing p. 69, line 24, beginning “in the yard.” Adams, Herd 1460: “Gives the history of her husband’s experiences in his cattle venture, and the true origin of the term ‘maverick’ as applied to unbranded cattle.” BTB 140: “One of the most interesting and important narratives of life in Texas during the 1830s and 1840s.... The memoirs are engrossing and colorful.... Insights into the lives of famous Texans are numerous.” Campbell, p. 94. CBC 351. Dobie, pp. 57, 62: “Essential.” Eberstadt, Texas 162:529. Graff 2727. Howes M443: “First woman from the States to settle in San Antonio.” King, Women on the Cattle Trail, p. 17: “Good account of early days in the Austin and San Antonio area.” Tate, The Indians of Texas 2089: “Includes eyewitness account of the 1840 Council House Fight in San Antonio, description of the Tonkawas, and a ranger fight with Comanches.” Winegarten, Finder’s Guide to the Texas Women: A Celebration of History Exhibit Archives, p. 132; Texas Women’s History Project, p. 40.

    Handbook of Texas Online: Mary Ann Adams Maverick:

Mary Maverick (1818-1898), pioneer and diarist, whose published memoirs chronicle her pioneer experiences in Texas, was born on March 16, 1818, in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, the daughter of William Lewis and Agatha Strother (Lewis) Adams. Adams was a lawyer. Mary grew up on the family plantation three miles north of Tuscaloosa, where she received schooling. On August 4, 1836, at her home, she married Samuel Augustus Maverick, who had participated in the Texas Revolution. After extended visits to relatives in Alabama and South Carolina, the couple moved to Texas at the beginning of 1838.

     The Mavericks searched for years for a permanent home along the unsettled Texas frontier. They located first in San Antonio, where Sam wished to spend his time speculating in West Texas land; then, during the Runaway of ‘42, an exodus of families from San Antonio at the news of approaching Mexican soldiers under Adrián Woll, they set up a home on the Colorado River near Gonzales. They moved to Decrows (Decros) Point on Matagorda Bay in 1844 and remained there until October 1847, when they returned to San Antonio.

     Most of Mary Maverick’s energies during these early years in Texas went into the raising of her family. She bore ten children in twenty-one years; four died of illness before they reached the age of eight, leading their mother to seek solace in the spiritualism and alternative medical treatment so popular in mid-nineteenth-century America. As her surviving children grew up, she became increasingly active in the public sphere. During the Civil War, when she had four sons in the Confederate Army, she was active in San Antonio relief efforts. She also devoted much of her time to church work. A devout Episcopalian, she was instrumental in establishing and developing St. Mark’s Church in San Antonio and served as president of the Ladies’ Parish Aid Society for over twenty years.

     After her husband’s death in 1870, as San Antonio grew and thrived, Mary Maverick made efforts to see that the pioneer past was not forgotten. She was a prominent member of the San Antonio Historical Society and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She helped promote the annual Battle of Flowers celebration, and she served as president of the Alamo Monument Association for many years, during which she kept before the public the need for restoration of the historic site. Her watercolor sketch of the mission, completed during her first residence in San Antonio, is often referred to by historians, and in 1889 she wrote a brief account of the fall of the Alamo.

     Mary had kept diaries of her frontier experiences, and in 1880 she shaped them into memoirs. Fifteen years later, with the help of her son George Madison Maverick, she published a limited number of copies. The memoirs have since been reprinted and provide a vivid picture of life on the Texas frontier. Mary Maverick’s work, particularly her eyewitness account of the Council House Fight in San Antonio in 1840, has often been cited in studies of Texas pioneer life. She died on February 24, 1898, and was buried beside her husband in City Cemetery No. 1, San Antonio.


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Item 145

146. MAVERICK, Mary A. Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick.... San Antonio: Alamo Printing, 1921. Another copy, not signed. Light wear and foxing to wraps, lower wrap with offsetting from another copy, edges foxed, otherwise very good.     $60


147. MAVERICK, Maury. Villita (Pronounced Vee-yee-tah), the Little Spanish Town of San Antonio.... N.p., n.d. (ca. 1939). [8] pp., illustrations. 16mo, original printed white self-wrappers, stapled. Fine.

    Not in CBC. Small pamphlet describes National Youth Administration project to restore the original “little Spanish town” of San Antonio.     $15


148. MAVERICK, Samuel Augustus. Notes on the Storming of Bexar in the Close of 1835, Written by Samuel Augustus Maverick, Who Spent Part of that Time in the Town of Bexar, Being Detained by the Mexicans; and Part, in Action Against the Mexicans. San Antonio: Artes Graficas for Frederick C. Chabot, [1942]. 30 [2] pp., 3 plates, map. Large 8vo, original green cloth gilt. Binding slightly warped with faded area on front cover, a bit of foxing to plates, otherwise very good. Signed by editor on title page.

    First edition, limited edition (#72 of 100 copies). Edited by Frederick C. Chabot. Not in CBC.     $200


149. McLANE, Hiram H. The Capture of the Alamo: A Historical Tragedy, in Four Acts, with Prologue. San Antonio: San Antonio Printing, 1886. 103 [1, blank] pp., text illustrations. 12mo, original pictorial green cloth. Insect damage and shelf wear to binding, ownership inscription in pencil on front free endpaper, text block detached from binding, p. 31 soiled, overall poor condition.

    First edition.     $65


150. MENCHACA, Antonio. Memoirs. San Antonio: Yanaguana Society, 1937. 31 [1, blank] pp. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Spine a bit light with some water spotting, edges foxed, occasional browning of blank gutter (not affecting text), otherwise very good.

    First edition, limited edition (#120 of 500 copies). BTB 222:II. Not in CBC. TC 162. Yanaguana Society Publications volume 2.     $60


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