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Rare books, manuscripts, maps, broadsides, and ephemera


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Signed by the Duke of Alburquerque
1. ALBURQUERQUE, Francisco Fernández de la Cueva Enríquez (Duke of). Printed decree regulating privileges given in exchange for a loan, signed by Alburquerque, text commencing: D. Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva Enrriques, Duque de Alburquerque Marqués de Cuellar... Por quanto su M. (que Dios Guarde) se sirvió expeder la Real Cedula del thenor siguiente --- EL REY Duque de Alburquerque...Virrey Governador, y Capitan General de las Provincias de la Nueva-España, y Presidente de mi Audiencia Real de México, ò a la persona, ó personas acuyo cargo fuere su Govierno: Atendiendo al servicio que me hizo Don Juan de Barreneche de tres mil pessos escudos de plata.... [at end] Fecho in México à seis de Agosto de mil setecientos y diez años.... Mexico, August 6, 1710. 4 pp. (printed on pp. 1-3), folio, stamped sealed paper dated 1710-1711. Boldly signed by the Duke of Alburquerque. With other official signatures and contemporary ink notations. A few stains and wormed (latter mostly confined to blank margins, although there are a few minor losses to about five words).

This royal order is signed by the person for whom the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was named, Francisco Fernández de la Cueva Enríquez (ca. 1655-1733), Marquéz de Cuéllar, the tenth Duke of Alburquerque and viceroy of New Spain from November 17, 1702, to January 14, 1722. In 1706 the Duke of Alburquerque granted to Francisco Cuervo y Valdés the right to settle thirty families at the royal outpost village which became the city of Albuquerque. (The first “r” was dropped sometime in the nineteenth century.) The town was located in the Rio Grande Valley and was the third town established in New Mexico by the Spanish. ($500-1,000)
Early Oklahoma Boosterism
2. ALEXANDRE, Philip L[uce]. Alexandre's Compendium Facts about Oklahoma City in Detail, Oklahoma Territory in General Kiowa & Comanche Country in Particular. Price, 50 Cents. Oklahoma City, O.T.: Philip L. Alexandre, 1901. [6], 183 [1] pp., 11 photographic plates (scenes & views from the Santa Fe Route), folding map with original color (main map yellow and white; inset in full color): Sectional Map of the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Reservation, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Engraved and Printed by Hudson-Kimberly Publishing Company, Kansas City, Mo. [below neat line at lower left] Hudson-Kimberly Pub. Co. Engr., K.C., Mo. [inset map at top left: Untitled map of south central Oklahoma just north of Wichita Falls, Texas, including Fort Sill], neat line to neat line: 52 x 37.2 cm. 16mo, original brown paper-covered boards, covers gilt-lettered. Fragile boards moderately rubbed with a few losses at joints, extremities and edges, interior and map very fine.

First edition? Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, p. 257. Rader 95. Cf. Graff 34 (209 pp.) Cf. Howes A125 (208 & 209 pp.). Tate, The Indians of Texas 3287 (208 pp. & cited in section on “Western Oklahoma Reservations 1875-1820”). The printing history of this scarce work has never been satisfactorily explained, there apparently having been three different editions in 1901, the year it first appeared.

This work is a classic of Oklahoma boosterism, portraying Oklahoma City and the Territory as rapidly expanding and offering many of the amenities and opportunities found in larger cities. Alexandre seems primarily interested, however, in pointing out the possibilities for settlers that will arise when various Native American lands are opened to settlement, as is indicated on the map. The last third of the book is devoted almost exclusively to issues of emigration and settlement. There is some brief mention of the oil and ranching industries. Businesses in Oklahoma City are extensively covered (at this point, the city was only a decade old); this is the beginning of an attempt to compile a directory of businesses in the city.

One of the reasons Alexandre gives for writing the book was so that he could make money. As the following obituary indicates, it is difficult to say how his novel marketing methods either enriched or impoverished him.
From a register of obituaries from Oklahoma City in 1901 (
Old Character Gone - Philip L. Alexandre Dies at the Arcade of Heart Failure
The death of Phillip L. Alexandre, an old man, penniless, homeless and almost friendless, occurred yesterday afternoon at the New Arcade hotel on Grand Avenue.
Alexandre came here about a year ago and issued a compendium of facts about Oklahoma. He had a number of the books printed which he sold about the streets, subsisting upon the proceeds of his sales. He was a very unique character. He was probably 60 years old and came here from Texas, where he had been engaged in the manufacture of baking powder. There is at this time a baking powder sold in that state which is branded Alexandre's baking powder. He sold his institution in that country and has been wandering about the country.
Alexandre was born on the Isle of Jersey. He had traveled a great deal and was a very fair scholar. During his stay here he had been an inveterate drinker, and this no doubt hastened his death which was due to heart failure. A half hour before he died he wrote on a card and handed it to Mr. Smith, the real estate dealer who has an office in the hotel, these words. "Brother Smith, please loan me 50 cents. Don't let anyone see this. Alec."
The old man had no money nor relatives here to take charge of his remains and they will be cared for by the county. There is no doubt that Alexandre came of good family and that he has seen much better times. His troubles, however, are all over now. (12/3/1901)
Bradford Atlas with the Large-Format Map of Texas
3. [ATLAS]. BRADFORD, T[homas] G[amaliel] & S[amuel] G[riswold] Goodrich. A Universal, Illustrated Atlas, Exhibiting a Geographical, Statistical, and Historical View of the World. Edited by T. G. Bradford and S. G. Goodrich. Boston: Charles D. Strong, 1842. [4], iv, 218 pp., 49 engraved maps with original full hand coloring (map of U.S. double-page), 2 plates (frontispiece and pictorial title). Sheet size of maps and plates: 40.5 x 30.5 cm. Folio, original dark brown cloth, title in gilt and within ornamental gilt oval border on upper cover (neatly rebacked and recornered in new dark brown morocco, spine gilt-lettered and with raised bands). Hinges strengthened, endpapers soiled and with later ink note, offsetting throughout from original olive hand-coloring, uniform browning, occasional short marginal tears (no losses).

Bradford’s large format atlas, which came out in 1838, was followed by numerous reprints and updates. This edition contains an issue of his large map of the Republic of Texas. Howes B701. Martin & Martin 31n: “Although Thomas Gamaliel Bradford was not a leading figure in the nineteenth century American map trade, his atlases are significant to the cartographic history of Texas because they included the first two maps to depict Texas as an independent republic.... Bradford published a completely new atlas in 1838, in a larger format, and the map of Texas it contained was even more clearly patterned on Austin's. Aside from showing Texas as a separate state, the maps and text Bradford inserted into his atlases are historically important for clearly demonstrating the demand in the United States for information about Texas during the Revolution and the early years of the Republic. They also serve to confirm the importance of Austin's map as a source for that information.” Phillips, Atlases 783. Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers 271. Rumsey 4453A (citing the 1841 Bradford-Goodrich atlas and discussing the variations of that series of atlases, of which the present is part, although with altered title): “Goodrich in 1842 issued a new edition of the Illustrated Atlas with Bradford that retains the text and adds the same new maps that are added here. However, many of the maps in the 1841 edition are somewhat different from the 1838 and 1842 editions, with the usual changes in counties, etc.” Sabin 7261 (mentioning editions including 1838, 1839, and 1842). Cf. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 430 & 431 & II, p. 165.

The Texas map appears following p. 164 and is as follows: Texas [below neat line] Entered According to Act of Congress, in the Year 1838, by T. G. Bradford, in the Clerks Office, of the District Court of Massachusetts | Engraved by G. W. Boynton [at top right above neat line] 42. Neat line to neat line: 36 x 29 cm. There are at least six different versions of the Bradford map, the earliest being the small format Texas map that came out in Bradford’s 1835 atlas. The present map is a later issue of the large-format version, updated to reflect new knowledge. County lines are superimposed over land grants, and the city of Austin is now located. The southwestern boundary has been moved from the Nueces River to the Rio Grande. The accompanying text “Republic of Texas” (pp. 164-166) declares diplomatically: “The boundaries of this infant commonwealth are as yet unsettled on the side of Mexico.” The essay on the “Mexican United States” still lists the state of Coahuila y Tejas, and notes the territories of New Mexico and Upper and Lower California. ($2,500-4,500)
4. [ATLAS]. UNION ATLAS COMPANY. Atlas of the State of Illinois to Which Are Added Various General Maps History, Statistics and Illustrations.... Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1876 by Warner & Beers in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D. C. Chicago: Union Atlas Co., Warner & Beers, Proprietors, 1876. 293 pp. (including 116 chromolithograph maps, 3 uncolored lithograph maps, and 37 uncolored lithograph views, scenes, and portraits). Folio, modern half black leather over black cloth, spine gilt-lettered, new endpapers, edges marbled. First few and last few leaves reinforced at gutters and professionally reattached, light waterstaining to blank margins of some leaves, otherwise fine, with excellent color retention. Four small ink stamps of the University of Texas on title page and first map.

First edition. Bradford 1749. Phillips, America, p. 330. Phillips, Atlases 1513. Rumsey 1159. Another large compendium from the prolific nineteenth-century atlas publishers that contains maps, views, and textual information about Illinois. It also includes numerous statistical compilations for the whole country from the 1870 Census, such as “Class of Occupations, with Sex,” “Pauperism and Crime,” and “Illiteracy.” As always with such publications, this atlas is redolent with local history. Shown in Gallatin County, for example, are the infamous “Salt Mines,” run by John Hart Crenshaw. Situated near a town ironically named “Equality,” Crenshaw’s salt mines were the scene of one of the dark deeds in the entire history of the Underground Railroad and slavery. Crenshaw’s house, now known as the “Old Slave House,” was basically a prison for slaves that Crenshaw captured in nearby Kentucky and forced to work in his salt mines. The house, still standing, is one of the few structures associated with the reverse Underground Railroad whereby free African-Americans were captured and re-sold into slavery.

The fine map of Chicago was published only a few years after the disastrous 1871 fire and gives no hint of the destruction; indeed, the narrative about Chicago and Cook County remarks merely that in 1872 great building projects began in the city. One bibliographic curiosity in this volume is page 16, a lithograph obviously printed from a cracked stone. Geographical curiosities include maps of Europe and Scandinavia, included for no obvious reason. ($400-800)
5. BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. Obras históricas de Huberto H. Bancroft, su relación con el progreso y porvenir de México [wrapper title]. [San Francisco]: [printer’s slug on back wrap] Imprenta de A. L. Bancroft y Compañia, [1900?]. 31 [1] pp., double-page lithograph map with original green shading: El Mundo: La parte blanca representa los estados del Pacífico (neat line to neat line: 17.2 x 25.4 cm). 8vo, original grey printed wrappers. Wrappers detached, slight marginal chipping, moderate staining from staples throughout.

This work is a puff piece promoting the utility and appropriateness of Bancroft’s monumental history to the Mexican populace, who are urged to buy this work not only for historical knowledge but also for self-improvement. It is even argued in one place that Bancroft’s English is superior even to Irving or Addison for those wishing to learn English. Not being a totally insensitive marketing fool, Bancroft tastefully leaves Texas off his map and shows only the old Spanish Southwest from New Mexico west. The last page is a schedule of the 39 volumes and the various binding styles in which they were available. ($75-150)
6. BELL & HEYMANS (publishers). Sonoma County and Russian River Valley Illustrated. Published by Bell & Heymans San Francisco, Cal Copyrighted Lith. Britton & Rey S.F. [cover title]. [San Francisco, 1888]. 86, i-ix [1] pp., printed in two columns, numerous text lithographs (many after photographs) by Britton & Rey (scenes, views, panoramas, portraits, architecture, vineyards, orchards, etc.). Folio, original light green pictorial wrappers. Laid in is supplement, large folding lithograph sheet (53 x 71 cm) with map on one side (Map of Sonoma County, Cala. Showing Boundary Lines of County and Townships Railroads and Public Roads Cities Towns &c. &c. Published by Bell and Heymans, 434 California St. San Francisco Copyrighted, May 1888 Cal Label & MacCabe Lith Co. S.F.) and colored illustrations and map of Verano on other side (Hooker Falls, orange and olive grove, General Vallejo’s home, Sonoma Creek, Verano Park). Covers and edges of book moderately foxed with light marginal chipping, text with scattered mild foxing. Map fine.
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