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    Jonathan H. Jones. [Indianology] A Condensed History of the Apache and Comanche Indian Tribes. For Amusement and General Knowledge Prepared From the General Conversation of Herman Lehmann, Willie Lehmann, Mrs. Mina Keyser, Mrs. A. J. Buchmeyer and Others. San Antonio: Johnson Brothers Printing Company, 1899. First edition. Octavo. 235 pages. Illustrated with photographs and illustrations by Sanders-Co, St. Louis. Publisher's original brown cloth boards with blind-stamped rule borders and Indian-head motif and titles stamped in gilt on the front board. Skillfully re-backed.

    "One of the most remarkable accounts of life among hostile Texas Indians, this is also one of the few surviving accounts of life in 19th century Texas from the Indian point of view. A. C. Greene said that 'of all the captive narratives, I believe the finest story in Herman Lehmann's'". (Jenkins, Basic Texas Books). Lehmann was the son of a German pioneer family living on the far frontier in Mason County. In 1870, when he was only ten years old, he was captured by an Apache raiding party and for eight years lived with the Indians, and became one of them so completely that when he returned to his family in 1878, it had to be done by force. He rode with the Apaches, and later with a band of Comanches on may raids, killing and scalping a number of white men. Jones' account is the first of three versions of Lehmann's story.

    Condition: Good. Scuffing and spotting to original boards with additional wear along the edges. Re-backed, as noted. Contents sound with uniform light toning to pages and scattered spotting. Pages 149-156 and 183-186 with ragged top edges and some loss to the right corners, likely present at binding. Occasional pencil marginalia. Contemporary owner's name on the front pastedown: "H. E. Kalier/ New Berlin / Tex".

    Reference: Jenkins, Basic Texas Books, 124.


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