8vo., (7 ½ x 5 ½ inches). (One or two spots). 9 in-text illustrations. Modern half morocco.
Provenance: Association copy of the family of Judge Gabriel N. Martin (before 1800-1834), with pencil annotations in the margins. Martin was a pioneer settler of Red River County, Texas, and was killed by Kiowas while on a hunting expedition with his son and several slaves near Wichita.
First edition. A fascinating and swashbuckling account of the pioneer days in Texas. "One of the basic sources on the vicissitudes of the pioneer settlers in Texas, this work contains numerous accounts gathered from participants, as well as one of the best of all first-person ranger campaign narratives... Sowell's book was written some years earlier than Wilbarger, Brown, and other Indian predation lore of Texas, and while he was still a young man in his mid-thirties. This gives many of his accounts an immediacy not available elsewhere... The volume is divided into three sections. The first section consists primarily of Indian affrays as related to Sowell by participants... The second section includes the adventures of members of the Sowell family in Texas in the 1830s and 1840s, and material relating to the Texas Revolution and republic.... The last section, composing almost half the book, is Sowell's own narrative of his experiences in the Wichita Campaign of 1870-1871, entitled ‘Campaign of the Texas Rangers to the Wichita Mountains in 1871’... In this section, Sowell writes his best prose, and leaves us a vivid account” (Basic Texas Books 192).