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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2008 Issue

New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and the Southwest from Almagre Books


Congressman John Bingham opposed slavery and whipping employees.

Item 183 is a complete set of catalogues of western bookseller Jefferson "Jeff" Dykes. Dykes was a writer, teacher, soil conservationist, and book collector, who at the age when most people retire (65), became a bookseller. Though he was born and died in Texas, his western bookselling career was conducted from his home in College Park, Maryland. Among his specialties were the Texas Rangers, the cattle industry, and outlaws, and he wrote the preeminent bibliography of Billy the Kid. Dykes issued his first catalogue in 1965, and stopped twenty years later with number 57. The Jeff Dykes Range Livestock collection at the Texas A&M Library he originated is one of the most important western collections, with 20,000-30,000 books. $450.

Item 70 combines ancient Aztec culture with the most obsessive, possibly greatest book and manuscript collector ever, the very eccentric Thomas Phillipps. Phillipps was the ultimate preservationist, attempting to save a copy of every printed and manuscript item in the world, and stuffing them into his house. Eventually, it became almost impossible to move around his home, so crammed it became. One of the great many items Phillipps obtained was Historia de los Yndios Mexicanos, a manuscript by Juan de Tovar. De Tovar was a Mexican priest who lived from 1546-1626 and wrote about early native history. Phillipps decided to print this manuscript in parts from his Middle Hill Press in 1860. He stated 50 copies were to be printed. This first part stops in mid-sentence, but no more parts were ever issued. The original manuscript is now held by the John Carter Brown Library. $950.

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