Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 342

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
(WEST--TEXAS.) John C. Duval. The Adventures of Big-Foot Wallace, the Texas Ranger and Hunter. 8 plates. 291 pages. 12mo, publisher's cloth, backstrip faded, minimal wear; tears to free endpapers, otherwise minimal wear to contents; inscribed on front flyleaf "To Otis, Christmas 1870." Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen, & Haffelfinger, 1871 [1870]

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First edition of a colorful classic biography of the Texas frontiersman, written by a close lifelong friend. The first 158 pages are devoted to hunting and Indian fighting. Pages 159-228 describe his role in the 1842 Mier Expedition by a Texas militia against Mexico, including his capture, survival of the Black Bean episode, and long imprisonment at Perote. The final 7 chapters are an uproarious and perhaps not 100% reliable account of Wallace's trip to Virginia via New Orleans. "His narrative . . . is the rollickiest and most flavorsome that any American frontiersman has yet inspired"--Dobie, page 55. Clark, New South I-65; Graff 1187; Howes D602 ("aa"); Jenkins, Basic Texas Books 50.