The Pemberton Press of Austin was owned and directed by John H. Jenkins III, whose unprepossessing manner belied a keen mind of equal parts energy and enterprise. Historian, publisher, bookseller, art and antique dealer, he was once described as one who “has that rare ability to operate his windmill in several directions at once.” He began, at fourteen, a scholarly editing of his great-grandfather’s memoirs. With an introduction by J. Frank Dobie, the, book, Recollections of Early Texas (University of Texas Press, 1958), was published on the day of young Jenkins’s high school graduation. Five years later, he organized the Pemberton Press, which maintained a strong public service orientation toward both student and librarian.
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