DescriptionJohn C. Duval. Early Times in Texas. Austin: H.P.N. Gammel & Co., 1892. First edition, thus. 8vo. viii, -253pp. Appendix. Green cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to front board and spine. Former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. Moderate shelf wear to the boards; corners slightly bumped; spine ends worn. Front hinge broken causing the front board to be loose; rear hinge cracked but sound. Textblock is heavily age-toned and extremely brittle as is common with this title; however, it remains, overall, a very good copy worthy of restoration.
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).
References: Basic Texas Books 51. Dobie, p. 55. Graff 1188. Howes D603. Raines, p. 74.
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