DescriptionAshbel Smith. Reminiscences of the Texas Republic. Annual Address Delivered before the Historical Society of Galveston, December 15, 1875. Galveston: Historical Society of Galveston, 1876. First edition. 8vo, xvi, 82 pages. Bound in modern leather with lettering gilt stamped to spine. Marbled endpapers. Original printed wrappers bound in. Dampstaining along the bottom and fore edges of pages. Scattered light foxing.
The true first edition, with the printed signature numbers on pages 17, 33, 49, etc. Only 100 copies of this edition were printed. John Jenkins, in his Basic Texas Books, writes of Smith's address: "The text is personal but objective, a blended narrative of anecdote and analysis. Smith reviews the Texas border question, the various votes and movements for recognition and annexation in Texas and the United States, his activities in France and England, and the treaties which he negotiated. He carefully treats the slavery issue and corrects the 'grave' errors in the 'incomplete and otherwise not wholly reliable history of Texas by Yoakum.'"
References: Basic Texas Books 186. Howes A 574. Raines, p. 190. Sabin 82341.
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