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    [Texas Republic] N. Doran Maillard. The History Of The Republic Of Texas, From The Discovery Of The Country to the Present Time; And The Cause Of Her Separation From the Republic of Mexico. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1842. First edition. 8vo. xxiv, 512 pp. Colored folding map: Boundaries Of Texas. Political, Conventional, and Natural. A New Map of Texas, 1841. Rebound in three-quarter green morocco. Raised bands. Gilt lettering and designs to spine. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Bookplate to front fly-leaf. Very good.

    A London barrister, Nicholas Doran Maillard arrived in Texas in 1840 and quickly settled in Richmond, becoming co-editor of the Richmond Telescope. In 1842 he published this account of the history of Texas, which was perceived to be a vitriolic denunciation of the Republic of Texas. Maillard insisted he had offered a true description of the Texas Revolution and of the aggressive and treasonable policy pursued by Texans toward Mexico. A vehement abolitionist, Maillard regarded Texas as a seat of corruption and dissolution. "Texas cut down to size - a difficult feat even in 1842." (Graff.) According to Streeter, "the map is the best feature of the book, for among its classifications shown in colored lines are the political boundaries of Texas under Spain and the territory now 'absolutely in possession of the Texians.'"

    References:
    Basic Texas Books 134. Graff 2663. Howes M225. Raines, p. 144. Sabin 43886. Streeter 1422.


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