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The History of Texas, or the Emigrant's, Farmer's and Politician's Guide to the Character, Climate, Soil and Productions of that Country: Geographically Arranged from Personal Observation and Experience.
Cincinnati: J. A. James, 1836. First edition. Publisher's cloth, but with the cloth separated from the lower board. 7 1/4 x 4 3/8 inches (18.5 x 11 cm); xii, 13-336, [2] ad pp.; the rare map present but separated from the text. As noted the cloth has detached from the rear board; the upper board has a notation in ink, and the lining of the spine is lacking, also with the cloth detached, the spine label no longer present. The text block is clean though the ad leaves at rear have separated. Of the map, the right edge is irregular, some light spotting, some browning and small losses in margin at ends of fold, the imprint faint.
An important early work on Texas, with a sound copy of the rare map, now separated from the cloth binding which is in poor condition. Streeter remarks that "This contemporary history by Edward, notwithstanding some idiosyncrasies of the author, is one of the essential Texas books." Howes notes "conditions just prior to the Revolution described by an actual observer." The map shows the various grants in outline color, including that of Stephen F. Austin and Austin's Colony. A note just below the Red River reports: "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." A note at the bottom of the map reports that if the Rio Grande is made the "western boundary of TEXAS (as desired by its inhabitants) will add 100 miles of to the sea coast..." Graff 1208; Howes E48; Rader 1279; Raines, p. 74; Basic Texas Books 53; Sabin 21886; Streeter 1199.

C The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation

Sold for $4,410
Estimate $2,000-3,000

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