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    John C. Duval. Early Times in Texas. Austin: H.P.N. Gammel & Co., 1892. First edition, 8vo, 135; 238. Bound with The Young Explorers and Appendix. Green cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to front board and spine.

    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).

    Condition: Moderate shelf-wear to boards. Book plate affixed on inner front cover, "Ex Libris/Lentz". Front endpaper stamped with "From The Library of Sarah & Joe Sinclair". Minor rubbing and bumping at edges and corners; spine ends worn. Small note in pencil made on front endpaper. Pages heavily toned and brittle; slight tearing on inner blank page, otherwise a sound copy.

    References: Basic Texas Books 51. Raines, p. 74. Howes D603. Graff 1188.


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