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    John C. Duval. The Adventures of Big-Foot Wallace, the Texas Ranger and Hunter. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1871. First edition, first issue (no footnote on p. 173, and "Deringers" on p. 153). 12mo. xii, 291pp. Tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait by J. W. Orr and six plates by H. Faber. Original green cloth with gilt lettering and gilt illustrations to spine. Beautifully recased and rebacked, with original spine preserved; new endpapers, with the original chocolate free endpapers bound in. Minor wear to tips of corners. A few random spots to pages throughout. A tight, sturdy copy in very good condition.

    The account of William Alexander Anderson "Big-Foot" Wallace (1817-1899), soldier, Texas Ranger, Indian fighter, and entertaining, larger-than-life folk-hero. "The first part [...] contains Wallace's first-person narrative of all his adventures in the wilds of unsettled Texas, with dozens of hunting tales and even more Indian fights. The second part [...] is the nearly exact history of Wallace's service in the Mier Expedition, his capture, the drawing for the black beans, and his term in Perote Prison. The last part [...] is an hilarious first-hand account of his trip via New Orleans to Virginia" (Jenkins, Basic Texas Books).

    References: Basic Texas Books 50. Eberstadt 106:93. Graff 1187. Howes D602. Raines, p. 73-74.

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