Austin: B.C. Jones, 1901. ,v,105,pp. plus color plate. Illustrated. 12mo. Original purple pictorial wrappers. Light wear and fading to spine and front cover, heavier to spine ends. Contemporary ink ownership inscription on title page. Light wear to text, lightly toned. Very good. Item #1215
Scarce first edition of this much-loved Texas history intended for a juvenile audience. Minnie G. Dill was an elementary school teacher and a charter member of the historic Pathfinder's Club, the oldest women's literary club in Austin, founded in 1890. Based on A.J. Sowell's work, Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas (1900), this colorful little book is packed with stories of Texas Rangers, the legends of Big Foot Wallace and Austin's log cabin, the Battle of the Alamo, and many other. It is illustrated throughout, with a colored plate of the Texas flag. Reprinted several times over the next fifteen years, this first edition seems rather scarce, with only five copies located in OCLC -- four of them in Texas institutions.