87 [Texas] House, E.A. A Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Horn, and Her Two Children,
with Mrs. Harris, by the Camanche Indians, after they had Murdered Their Husbands… St. Louis: C. Keemle, 1839. 8vo, rear printed cover only, 60 pp., rather worn and stained, text shows browning. Title page with some paper losses in gutter margin, last eight leaves have small tears at inner margins. Housed in half morocco chemise.
First edition of an extraordinarily rare Texas book. Eberstadt (in their famous Catalogue of
Texas in 1963): “The first copy to appear at public sale since 1912.” Wagner-Camp 74.
Streeter Sale 989: “This book, famouse as an Indian captivity, has in its earlier pages Mrs.
Horn’s account of joining Beale’s expedition to the colony he was establishing in Texas, which sailed from New York, November 11, 1833, and of the journey across southwest Texas from Copano, by way of Bexar and Presidio Rio Grande to the site of Dolores, the proposed capital of the settlement. Mrs. Horn and her family stayed until March 8, 1836, when they joined a company of 11 men to Matamoros. On April 4th, after they crossed the Nueces River, their wagon train was attacked by Indians. The men of the party were killed while Mrs. Horn and two of her children were made captive. Mrs. Horn was ransomed in New Mexico in the fall of 1837.” Vary rare to the market.