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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 294

    [TEXAS]. EDWARD, David Barnett (1790-1870). The History of Texas; or, the Emigrant's Farmer's and Politician's Guide to the Character, Climate, Soil and Prodctions of that Country: geographically arranged from Personal Observation and Experience. Cincinnati: J.A. James & Co., 1836.

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    [TEXAS]. EDWARD, David Barnett (1790-1870). The History of Texas; or, the Emigrant's Farmer's and Politician's Guide to the Character, Climate, Soil and Prodctions of that Country: geographically arranged from Personal Observation and Experience. Cincinnati: J.A. James & Co., 1836.

    8o (184 x 111mm). Engraved folding "Map of Texas Containing the Latest Grants & Discoveries, by E.F. Lee," colored in outline. (Map with clean tear at gutter, scattered light foxing, T1 with lower portion torn away, that segment bound between pp.224 and 225). Original forest-green cloth, spine label printed on yellow paper (very slight wear to corners).

    FIRST EDITION, WITH MAP, THE STREETER COPY. Edwards, who had lived in Texas, divides his work into nine books devoted to such topics as Geography, Water, Timber Lands, Climate, Savages, The Mexicans, People of Texas and concluding with practical advice to emigrants. Pages 332-336 contain the complete text of the proposed "Constitution of the Mexican United States" and, as noted by Streeter, reprints other rare and significant early documents relating to Texas. The map contains a note announcing that "Col. B.R. Milam, before entering on the duties of his second grant fell at the storming of Ft. Alamo (San Antonio de Bexar), Dec. 10, 1835."

    Howes E48; Raines, p.74 ("one of the few choice histories of Texas"); Sabin 21886; Streeter sale I, 344. Streeter, Texas, 1199.


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