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The West Texas Frontier, Or A Descriptive History Of Early Times In Western Texas Containing An Accurate Account Of Much Hitherto Unpublished History. Two Volumes by Joseph C. Mcconnell

The West Texas Frontier, Or A Descriptive History Of Early Times In Western Texas Containing An Accurate Account Of Much Hitherto Unpublished History. Two Volumes

by Joseph C. Mcconnell

First edition. 8vo. Volume I: Original maroon cloth, gold stamping on front cover and spine, (6) III (3), 334 pp., introduction, illustrated. Full page inked presentation inscription on the front fly leaf by the author to the Hon. Raymond E. Buck, of the Texas and Tarrant County bar, signed and dated. This rare, privately printed work has escaped the notice of bibliographers. This book has never been reprinted. Many first-hand accounts of Indian encounters which mostly involved the Texas Rangers. Accounts that discuss ranch life and raids on cattle and horse herds, with cowboys in pursuit of the raiders. Much on West Texas county histories. Reviews in quite some depth Jim Bowie, Big Foot Wallace, Capt. Jack Hays, Ben and Henry McCulloch, as well as many others such as Texas Rangers and U.S. Cavalry Indian fighters. Excellent content. Some light cosmetic professional restoration to spine ends and corners, else a near fine copy. Volume II: [Palo Pinto: Texas Legal Bank & Book Co., 1939]. First edition. 8vo. Inscribed by the author on front fly leaf, "It affords the author the very highest pleasure to autograph this copy for my esteemed friend and former school mate, Hon. Raymond E. Buck, distinguished member of the Texas and Tarrant County bars, 7/7/1939." Original maroon cloth, gold stamping on front cover and spine, (6), 348 pp., introduction, illustrated, index. Volume II continues on with many first-hand accounts of Indian encounters, ranch life and raids on cattle and horse herds, crimes by and against citizens of West Texas, life-threatening experiences by citizens, etc. As previously stated, Volume I was missed by all the bibliographers except Rader's South of Forty which lists only Volume I as entry number 2281. The second volume was privately printed in 1939 to even less notoriety than Volume I received, and is not listed by any bibliographers. This is our second set of this very scarce set. A handsome set housed in a cloth slipcase with a leather label on spine and titles stamped in gold.

Inventory Number: 45572

$4,875.00