DescriptionCharles Hooton. St. Louis Isle, or Texiana; With Additional Observations made in The United States and in Canada. London: Simmonds and Ward, 1847. First edition. Octavo. xiii, , 204, [3, ads], [1, blank] pages, with portrait frontispiece and lithographic plates throughout. Publisher's cloth, boards decoratively stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Binding very lightly sunned; corners and edges softly bumped; front board gently bowed. Slight touches of toning and foxing to text. Near fine. From the private collection of Stephen Lyle Boyd.
Hooton, an Englishman, made his visit to Texas in 1840, and, according to Eberstadt, "had a rough experience in the new Republic, and published this account to deter prospective emigrants from following in his 'fatal footsteps.' The work takes issue with the writings of Newell, Kennedy, and others. The title is the French form of the Old Spanish name for Galveston Island." Hooton, however, is not without an entertaining writing style. Here he is, on page 10, bemoaning what he judges to be a paucity of literature to be found in Texas: "To expect to find a book for sale of any higher character than the illustrated alphabet - 'A for Ape, and B for Bull' - except it be derived from the sea-chest library of some deceased and beggared emigrant, who disposes of all he possesses in order to get away again - would be to expect a very remarkable and unusual phenomenon. Any old book-stall in Her Majesty's dominions contains more literary wealth upon any given number of its square inches, than can be found in the same number of square leagues in Texas, pick them from whatever part you will." Much first-hand information of Texas during the Republic period, particularly Galveston and the adjacent coastal plains. Eberstadt 114: 759. Howes H626. Raines, p. 118. Sabin 32892.
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