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626. Hale County History 7:1 (February, 1977). Plainview: Hale County Historical Commission, 1977. 59 [1] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original beige pictorial wrappers, stapled. Light wear, soiling, and a few tape stains and scattered fox-marks to wraps, otherwise very good. Mailing label of DAR Library, Southwest Texas College, San Marcos, Texan on lower wrap. Ink presentation inscription from the Mary McCoy Baines Chapter of DAR, Plainview, Texas, on p. [60].

    Issue with articles focusing on the Snyder Mennonite community of Hale County.     $20


627. MORRIS, C. Gwin. Plainview: A Pictorial History. Volume 1­The Development of the Downtown Business District, 1887-1912. Plainview, Texas, 1975. 13 [26, photographic illustrations (mostly full-page)] [1, blank] pp. 8vo, original cream pictorial wrappers, stapled. Wraps browned and lightly edge-worn, Otherwise very good.

    First edition. TC 825. TLH, p. 33 (giving date of 1971, but OCLC shows only copies dating 1975; probably a typo).     $30


Hall County

628. BAKER, Inez. Yesterday in Hall County, Texas. Memphis, Texas, 1940. [10] 219 [1, blank] pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original blue cloth lettered in silver. A little shelf-wear, sunning, and faint foxing to binding, edges lightly foxed, otherwise very good in browned and foxed d.j.

    First edition. CBC 2154. Herd 196: “Much on cattle, cowboys, and ranch life.” TC 832.     $40


Hamilton County

629. [BILLY THE KID]. The Hico Legend of Billy the Kid. Hico: Hefner Printing, 1996. [78] pp., photographic illustrations, ads. 8vo, original cream pictorial wrappers, comb bound. Fine aside from tiny smudge to upper wrap.

    Tenth anniversary revised edition. Examines the claim that O.L. “Brushy Bill” Roberts of Hico, Texas was in fact outlaw “Billy the Kid.”    $10


Hardeman County

630. NEAL, Bill. The Last Frontier: The Story of Hardeman County. Quanah: Quanah Tribune-Chief & Hardeman County Historical Society, 1966. [2] ix [1] 276 [10] pp., illustrations (mostly photographic), brands. 4to, original blue pictorial cloth. Binding lightly shelf-worn and browned, endpapers lightly foxed, otherwise fine.

    First edition. TC 838. TLH, p. 34.     $60


Hardin County

631. OWENS, William A. Boom in Batson: The Birth of an Oil Field [caption title]. N.p., n.d. [4] pp., photographic illustrations. 4to, unbound folded sheet. Foxed and lightly worn, otherwise very good.

    Reprinted from Drilling Magazine, December 20, 1957.     $10

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632. BLOCK, W.T. Sour Lake, Texas: From Mud Baths to Millionaires, 1835-1909. Liberty: Atascosito Historical Society, 1995. 224 pp., 16 plates, endpapers illustrated with maps, facsimile, and photograph. 8vo, original dark green cloth lettered in silver. Fine in sunned and slightly worn d.j.     $35


633. TEXAS STATEWIDE RECORDS PROJECT. Index to Probate Cases of Texas. No. 100. Hardin County, September 9, 1867-March 18, 1939. San Antonio: State-wide Records Project, 1941. [4] pp., 24 folios, map. 4to, original blue wrappers with black cloth backstrip. Fine

    First edition. CBC 2187. TC 847 (referring to recent reprint).     $15


Harris County

634. AGATHA, Sister M. The History of Houston Heights, 1891-1918. Houston: Premier Printing, 1956. 133 pp., frontispiece portrait on half-title verso, folding map, illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original yellow cloth. Edges lightly foxed, endpapers browned, otherwise near fine in lightly worn d.j.

    First edition. CBC 2194.    $85


635. ALLEN, O.F. The City of Houston From Wilderness to Wonder. Temple: Dr. O.F. Allen, 1936. [8] 55 [1, blank] pp., frontispiece, errata tipped onto front free endpaper, publication information tipped onto title page. 12mo, original grey stiff cloth. Binding lightly worn and moderately soiled, edges and endpapers foxed, a few pages with tiny dog-ears (not affecting text), otherwise very good.

    First edition. CBC 2195.     $275


636. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN, NORTH HARRIS COUNTY BRANCH (publisher). The Heritage of North Harris County. N.p., 1977. [8] 109 [3] pp., maps (1 folding), illustrations. 8vo, original cream pictorial wrappers, stapled. Wraps lightly worn and soiled with a few scattered fox-marks, otherwise near fine.

    First edition.     $30


637. BAINES, Mrs. W.M. (editor). Houston’s Part in the World War; Edited November 11, 1919, One Year from the Signing of the Armistice. Houston, 1919. 204[2] pp., illustrations (mostly photographic). 8vo, original red cloth gilt. Fine aside from a little foxing to edges.

    First edition. CBC 2198. TC 911.     $75


638. BLANDIN, Mrs. I.M.E. History of Shearn Church, 1837-1907. Houston, J.V. Dealy Company, Printers, 1908. 229 [1], blank pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 8vo, original blue cloth gilt. Binding lightly shelf-worn, hinges cracked (but holding), small dog-ears to frontispiece and first 10 leaves (not affecting text), otherwise very good.

    First edition. CBC 2201.     $50


639. BARTHOLOMEW, Ed. The Houston Story: A Chronicle of the City of Houston and the Texas Frontier from the Battle of San Jacinto to the War Between the States, 1836-1865. Houston: Frontier Press, 1951. 240 pp. 8vo, original brown pictorial cloth. Binding lightly shelf-worn, endpapers browned, a few leaves very carelessly opened, affecting text of pp. 189-192. Author’s signed inscription to Mr. and Mrs. Bunting on front flyleaf. Note from Dudley R. Dobie laid in: “Some ‘moron’ vandalized this once mint copy. See pp. 25, 189, etc.”

    First edition. CBC 2200.     $25


640. BARTHOLOMEW, Ed. The Houston Story.... Houston: Frontier Press, 1951. Another copy, variant binding, not signed. 8vo, original blue cloth. Fine aside from slight shelf wear and a little foxing to edges, in rubbed and foxed d.j. with worn edges.     $15


641. BARTHOLOMEW, Ed. The Houston Story.... Houston: Frontier Press, 1951. Another copy, second printing, in wrappers. 8vo, original orange pictorial wrappers. Spine sunned and lightly worn, title page pulling away from staples, text browned due to cheap paper stock, otherwise very good.

    First edition, second printing (September, 1951). TC 913.     $10


642. BYRD, Sigman. Sig Byrd’s Houston. New York: Viking Press, 1955. [6] 250 pp. 8vo, original tan cloth, top edge dyed violet. Binding lightly shelf-worn, endpapers browned, otherwise very good in lightly worn and soiled d.j. with a few fox-marks to flaps.

    First edition. CBC 2211 $75


643. CARROLL, B[enejah] H[arvey] (editor). Standard History of Houston Texas, From a Study of the Original Sources. Knoxville: H.W. Crew, 1912. [3] 10-402 pp., frontispiece portrait, 4 plates. Large 8vo, original blind-stamped and gilt dark brown pigskin, marbled endpapers. Binding lightly rubbed, edges foxed, front free endpaper abraded (probably from removal of bookplate) and with ink ownership inscription and Texas Centennial stamp on verso, frontispiece tissue guard torn (others present and intact), frontispiece, plates, and adjacent pages foxed, overall very good.

    First edition. CBC 2213: “A number of the chapters were researched by Dr. S.O. Young.” Rader 603.     $100


644. CENTRAL HOUSTON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION. A Program for Revitalizing Property Values in the Business District of Houston. Houston: Central Houston Improvement Assn., n.d. (ca. 1946). 16 pp., map, photographic illustrations. 4to, original white printed wrappers, stapled. Fair condition only: wraps foxed, margins of text water-stained.

    Not in CBC.     $25


645. COLER, W.N. & CO.     $200,000 Bonds, the Entire Issue for Road and Bridge Improvement, Houston City, Texas, Ten Per Cent. Dated February First, 1872. Due First Day of January, 1902. Redeemable, at the option of the City, on the First Day of January, 1879. Interest and Principal Payable at the National City Bank of New York, on the First Days of January and July.... [wrapper title]. New York: Corlies, Macy & Co., Stationers, 1872. 16 pp. 8vo, original printed yellow wrappers. Fair condition only: lower wrap absent, upper wrap worn and soiled with small chewed area, stains to wraps and blank margins of text.

    First edition. Not in CBC.     $50


646. DANIELS, A. Pat. Texas Avenue at Main Street: The Chronological History of a City Block in Houston, the Most Significant Block in the State of Texas; An Informal but Factual History of the Block Now Occupied by the Rice Hotel, Site of the Capitol Building of the Republic of Texas when Sam Houston was President. Houston: Allen Press, 1964. [2] vi, 88 pp., photographic illustrations, facsimiles. 8vo, original light grey pictorial wrappers. Fine.

    Not in CBC. TC 937. Lower wrap reproduces Tom Lea’s drawing which appeared on Sam Houston 5 cent commemorative postage stamp (also shown in photograph, p. 58) $45


647. DAY, W.C. (compiler and publisher). History of the San Jacinto Campaign. Lynchburg, 1923. 36 pp., frontispiece portrait of author, maps. 8vo, original grey printed wrappers, stapled. Fine aside from a little browning and wear to wraps and light uniform age-toning of text.

    Second edition. Not in CBC.     $85


648. [DOBIE, J. FRANK]. Three pamphlets on San Jacinto, two of which have ownership inscriptions of J. Frank Dobie, together with mailing envelope addressed to J. Frank Dobie:


DAY, W.C. (compiler and publisher). History of the San Jacinto Campaign. Lynchburg, 1923. Another copy (see previous item in this catalogue). Wraps browned, a bit soiled, and lightly worn, small dog-ears and a little scattered insect damage, overall good.


HOUSTON, Andrew Jackson. The San Jacinto Campaign. From Volume I of “The Texan Revolution”. N.p., 1925. [54] pp. 8vo, original cream printed wrappers, Stapled. Wraps lightly worn and browned, with slight insect damage, title page browned from news clipping tipped onto upper wrap, rust stains from staples to interior, overall very good. Ink ownership inscription of J. Frank Dobie and his notes on upper wrap, interior with notes in pencil.

    Not in CBC


KITTRELL, Norman G. The Battle-Field of San Jacinto: An Historical Sketch. Houston, Cumming & Sons, Printers, n.d. 44 pp., illustrations. 12mo, original gilt-lettered blue wrappers, stapled. Wraps lightly worn, browned, and with insect damage to edges, flyleaves foxed, overall good. Related news clipping tipped onto front flyleaf. Ink ownership inscription of J. Frank Dobie, Houston, Texas, Jan. 4, 1925.

    Not in CBC.     $150


649. EMBREE, E.D. & Thomas B. Eaton (editors). The Flying Owls: Rice Institute from the Air. N.p., 1921. [4] pp., 12 gelatin silver prints attached at corners to slits in album leaves, printed tissue guards. Oblong 8vo, original slate blue pictorial wrappers tied with blue cord. Wraps moderately browned and spotted, some yellowing to prints, occasional fox-marks and a few dog-ears to tissue guards, overall very good.

    Not in CBC. OCLC locates only one copy at Rice University. The Newsletter of The Rice Historical Society, Fall 2000: “The November 25, 1921, Thresher reported that Tom Eaton and Elisha Embree, two Rice students, have joined forces in producing a work of art entitled ‘The Flying Owls’ containing a series of photographs of the campus taken from an airplane…Eaton and Embree rented the airplane November 11, the day of the A & M game. Embree flew it and Eaton took the pictures. Considering the comparative inexperience of the students in this line of work, the results they achieved are surprising.”     $500


650. FARBAR, Jerome H. Houston “Where Seventeen Railroads Meet the Sea”: A Descriptive View Book in Colors. Denver: H.H. Tammen & Fred Harvey, n.d. [26] pp., 23 full-page color views of Houston architecture and landmarks. Oblong 12mo, original brown pictorial wrappers, stapled. One leaf detached, otherwise very good, in original mailing envelope.

    Cf. CBC 2319.     $165


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