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    John C. Duval. Early Times in Texas. Austin: H.P.N. Gammel & Co., 1892. First edition, thus. 8vo. viii, 253 pp. Appendix. Green cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to front board and spine. Large ink signature of former owner on front pastedown. Minor rubbing and bumping to board edges and corners; spine ends worn. Textblock is heavily age-toned and extremely brittle; however, other than a partial separation of the title page at hinge, there are no chips or tears evident. Binding slightly cocked. Overall, a very good copy.

    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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