DescriptionJohn Wesley Wilbarger. Indian Depredations in Texas. Austin: Hutchings Printing House, 1889. First edition. 8vo, x, 672 pages. 37 woodcuts. Indexed at the front. Original brown cloth, blind stamped in black, over boards. Gilt lettering to front board and spine. Rear hinge is cracked and being held to the textblock by the stitching. Bumped corners and light scuffing on the boards. Minor fraying on the board edges; spine foot is chipped. Slight, sporadic foxing.
Prompted by the scalping (and subsequent survival) of his brother, Josiah, in 1833, Methodist minister John Wesley Wilbarger (1806-1892) compiled stories of struggles with Indians as given to him by surviving early settlers of Texas. Wilbarger, in large part due to the incident with his brother, paints the Indians as uncivilized barbarians and shows little respect for their plight or culture.
"It tells of nearly all the Indian fights and battles in Texas, with sketches of many of the most noted Texan Indian fighters and frontiersmen" (Raines, Bibliography of Texas). The illustrations in this book, attributed to T. J. Owen, are believed to have been the work of William Sydney Porter, better known as "O. Henry."
References: Basic Texas Books 218. Howes W407. Raines, p. 219.
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