DescriptionJohn C. Duval. Early Times in Texas. Austin: H. P. N. Gammel & Co., 1892. First edition. 8vo, 135 pages; 238 pages. Appendix. Original brown cloth over stiff wraps with titles stamped in gilt on the front cover. Light wear at the joints with light shelf wear at the extremities. Contents toned and slightly brittle. Gilt titles heavily worn. A sound copy in very good condition.
References: Basic Texas Books 51. Raines, p. 74. Howes D603. Graff 1188.
More Information: John Duval served variously and valiantly in the Texas Army achieving merit for his actions under the leadership of James W. Fannin, for his escape from the Goliad massacre, and for his service with John C. (Jack) Hays' company of Texas Rangers. An inveterate dreamer and explorer, reader and writer, Duval is often referred to as "the first Texas man of letters." Originally published serially in 'Burke's Weekly" in 1867, Early Times in Texas did not appear in book form (and then only as a pamphlet) until 1892. The story of Duval's remarkable escape from the Goliad Massacre and his other adventures became a Texas classic. "Of all personal adventures of old-time Texans, it is perhaps the best written and the most interesting" (Dobie).
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