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    [Texas Republic] William Kennedy. Texas: The Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas. In Two Volumes. London: R. Hastings, 1841. First edition. Two 8vo volumes. lii, 378; vi, 548pp. Bound in half morocco over marbled boards. Raised bands and gilt lettering to spines. Marbled endpapers. Two full-page maps, and one folding map. With the rare, original Arrowsmith map, detached: John Arrowsmith. Map of Texas, compiled from Surveys recorded in the Land Office of Texas, and other Official Surveys. Soho Square. London. 1841. 20" x 24.", with hand-colored Texas borders and showing the republic's border claims to the upper Rio Grande. Marking towns, counties, roads, military routes, rivers, creeks, and other physical features. With insets of the "Plan of Galveston Bay" and the western U.S. and Mexico. Printed along the lower edge of the map, "London Pubd. 17 April, 1841, by John Arrowsmith. 10 Soho Square." This rare map has been trimmed along the left and right edges. No text or border has been removed.

    Hinges cracked and weak. Some flaking and loss of leather to the backstrip of Volume I. Inked name of previous owner. Very light toning and foxing throughout. Very good.

    Jenkins, in his Basic Texas Books, writes that the Arrowsmith map was, apparently, "included in only a portion of the copies of the original edition, as only a small percentage of surviving copies contain it." The second folding map, facing page 336, is a Map of the Republic of Texas and the Adjacent Territories, Indicating the Grants of Land Conceded under the Empresario System of Mexico. It measures 16" x 13".

    Considered the single best work on early Texas and hugely important in encouraging European emigration. This publication by William Kennedy (1799-1871) covers the geography and natural features of Texas as well as its history during the revolution and early years of the Republic, with many of the basic documents of the revolution seeing their first European publication in these volumes. Texans were shocked that such a thorough and comprehensive overview of Texas could have been written by a European, but "Kennedy himself gives a clue as to how he was able to obtain such a wealth of reliable data when he reveals that he was given access to M[irabeau]. B. Lamar's private papers -- a collection that was then and is still now an unexcelled mine of information on Texas history and geography" (Jenkins). This work had such a profound influence on gaining recognition of Texan independence abroad -- particularly in England and Germany -- that Kennedy, an Irishman, was appointed by the Texas government as Texan Consul in London and later as British Consul at Galveston. Per Raines: "This book was pronounced to be the best history of Texas extant. The Texan Congress passed a resolution of thanks to the author. The physical description of Texas [is] the best published up to that time. No historian of Texas has more eloquent paragraphs."

    An extremely important book that helped to establish Texas as an international presence.

    References: Basic Texas Books 117. Graff 2308. Howes K92. Raines, pp. 132-133. Sabin 37440. Streeter 1385.


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