JOHN C. DUVAL, FIRST TEXAS MAN OF LETTERS.
Dallas: Southwest Review, 1939. 105pp. Frontispiece and text illustrations by Tom Lea. Original cloth. First edition, limited to 1,000 copies. Fine copy. The dust jacket shows the usual browning, else fine. Campbell, The Book Lover’s Southwest…. p. 45: “Not merely a critical and biographical study, but includes a series of Duval’s unpublished writings.” Dykes, One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 14: “…Tom Lea illustrated the book with some of his best drawings and naturally the Lea collectors compete when an occasional copy appears for sale….Scarce.” Dykes, Western High Spots p. 116: “This is also a fine Ranger book as Duval served with Wallace in Captain Jack Hays’s company in 1845.” The book is divided into four parts: biographical, critical, bibliographical and Duval’s unpublished writings. The bibliographical section clarifies the confusion over the various editions of some of his writings with the last section containing eleven stories that appear in print for the first time. Duval arrived in Texas in 1835 and, unlike his brother Burr, escaped the Goliad Massacre.