Charles Wilkins Webber. Tales of the Southern Border.
    Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1853. Second printing (per Howes). 8vo. 400pp. Eight woodcut plates (six are usually called for in early editions) and additional illustrations in text. Modern three quarter binding, marbled boards and titles and decoration stamped in gilt between five raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Old ownership signatures on the frontis, title page, and preface. Toning a scattered foxing throughout, especially on the plates. Otherwise a handsome copy in very good condition.

    Webber, a journalist and explorer, was born in Kentucky. In 1838 traveled to Texas in search of adventure where he followed Capt. John Hays and other prominent Texas Rangers for two years. The material he gathered served as fodder for many of the stories in this work. After his Texas days, Webber organized an expedition in the Colorado and Gila rivers region of Arizona Territory. In 1855, he secured a charter to form a camel company to provide transportation in the Southwest, but rather than pursue the project he joined the American William Walker in his attempt to conquer Nicaragua, where Webber was killed in a battle in 1856.

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