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    Jeremiah Clemens. Mustang Gray; a Romance. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1858. First edition. 8vo. vii, 296pp. Plus 40pp of ads at the back. Light brown cloth over boards. Blind-stamped designs to boards, gilt lettering to spine. Binding cocked. Extremities bumped and rubbed. Some loss to head and foot of backstrip. Front and rear pastedowns have rubber stamp of the Norman Dodd Library of the University of Plano. Also, bookplate on rear pastedown of Norman Dodd, with his New York address. Overall, very good.

    An exceedingly scarce Texas Ranger item, and though it is a work of fiction, it is nonetheless much sought after by Texana collectors. "Clemens fought in the Mexican War and later served his state, Alabama, in the United States Congress. His hero 'Mabry Gray' was probably Mabery Gray, a fellow soldier and noted frontiersman. Clemens collected the material for his novel during the Mexican War and he used some of the 'Mustang' Gray's experiences in the book, but it is still fiction" (Dykes).

    References: Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 118. Eberstadt 162:155. Graff 756.

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