A. T. Myrthe [pseudonym of Anthony Ganilh]. Ambrosio de Letinez, or the First Texian Novel, Embracing a Description of the Countries Bordering on the Rio Bravo. With Incidents of the War of Independence. New York: Charles Francis & Co., 1842. First, thus. Two small octavo volumes. viii, [9]-202; [ii], [3]-192 pages. Original cloth spines over paper covered boards; volume I with buff colored boards; Volume II with green boards. Titles printed on paper labels affixed to the spine (Volume I lacking label).

    The novel was originally published anonymously in Philadelphia in 1838 under the title Mexico Versus Texas. Later, with some additional material, the novel was brought out in this edition as written by "A. T. Myrthe," but the copyright was registered by Anthony Ganilh. Streeter agrees with the research of Sister Agatha Sheehan that indicates that Ganilh, a Roman Catholic priest at the time, would have wanted to distance himself from the novel which was somewhat critical of the Church. The 1967 facsimile reprint utilized this 1842 edition.

    Condition: Boards moderately shelf worn with some damp staining; corners abraded; Volume I lacking preliminary endpapers, loose but holding hinges and light to moderate scattered foxing; Volume II with light to moderate scattered foxing, otherwise a near very good set, rare in the original binding.

    References: Howes G55. Raines, p. 154. Sabin 51651. Streeter 1310 & 1414.

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