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    A rarity on the Champ D'Asile

    [Louis François L'Héritier]: Le Champ-D'Asile, Tableau Topographique et Historique du Texas, Contenant des Détails sur le Sol, le Climat et les Productions de cette contrée; des Documens authentiques sur l'organisation de la Colonie des Réfugiés français; des Notices sur ses principaux fondateurs; des Extraits de leurs proclamations et autres actes publics: suivi de Lettres écrites par des Colons a quelque-uns de leurs compatriots. (Publié au profit des Réfugiés.). Par L.F. LH.....(de l'Ain), l'un des Auteurs des Fastes de la Gloire. (Paris, l'Advocat, Libraire...., 1819). First edition. Octavo. viii, 247 pages. Contemporary to mid-nineteenth-century quarter calf over pastepaper boards, calf lettering label. Binding rubbed and worn, with joints starting at the top and bottom, leather spine label chipped with the loss of a couple of letters. Sheets are browned and with a few small stains, but still supple and bright. Last two leaves a bit tattered at the edges. Housed in a custom clamshell case of quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, spine in compartments with five raised A rare record of the abortive colony of Napoleonic loyalists established in Texas in 1818. Along with accounts by Hartmann & Millard and the anonymous "C.D.," this work comprises one of the three chief publications on the colony. The French group, under Gen. C.F.A. Lallemand, landed at Galveston in January 1818 and attempted to establish a colony on the Trinity River. The effort failed that summer, and the remainder of the starving colonists retreated to New Orleans. Despite its short life, the colony was the center of an important episode in the maneuvering for control of Texas between Spain, the United States, and the not yet independent state of Mexico. The French settlers dreamed of establishing a new Napoleonic empire in the New World, and with more support they might have succeeded. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 1072. "The book is a fanciful and idealized account of the Champ d'Asile...Chapter XII gives an extensive account of the laws said to have been adopted by the colonists, and at pages 44-47 is the text of the Manifesto of May 11, 1818. Chapters II-IX are mostly an account of Texas...." - Streeter. Raines page 109. Graff 2487. Sabin 95072.

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