Chester Newell: History of the Revolution in Texas, Particularly of the War of 1835 & '36; Together With the Latest Geographical, Topographical, and Statistical Accounts of the Country, From the Most Authentic Sources. Also, an Appendix. New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1838. First edition. With the original Wright Howes May 11, 1938 invoice laid-in ($17.50). 12mo. 194 pages with appendix. With a facsimile folding map of Texas used as the frontispiece. Contemporary cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Housed in a slipcase.

    Published shortly after the Revolution, this work is a fine review of the early Texas Republic, and as such is a must have for any complete Texana collection. This is a particularly desirable copy, as it is one of the few that still contains the rare folding lithographed map of Texas. Chester Newell was an Episcopal clergyman. Following his graduation from Yale (1831) and completing his religious studies at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia (1834), he moved to Texas. From 1837 to 1 in 1838 he ran a school at Velasco, then traveled around the state gathering material for this important history of the Texas Revolution. Historians and Texana experts call this book one of the most informative and trustworthy histories of the young Republic. One of the earliest books about the Texas Revolution to be published, Basic Texas Books (151A) praises its value: "The work begins with an excellent summary of Mexican history from 1821 to 1835, followed by a sketch of Texas history from 1832 to 1835, ending with Cos' retreat from San Antonio. The events of 1836 are described, including quotations from participating Texans and from Mexican accounts, such as Almonte's diary. Of particular value are the account of Santa Anna's capture [and his] confrontation with Houston shortly afterwards. Newell was one of the first to seduce Sam Houston into giving particulars of the campaign... The quotations from participants are of considerable value. The descriptive portions add much to our knowledge of the early Republic.... The account is pro-Texan throughout, but more objective than many other contemporary Anglo-American versions.... Newell describes the towns of the Republic, offers advice to immigrants, analyzes the people of Texas, and projects the future. His predictions, some sage and some ludicrous, are remarkable." Contemporary half leather case with gilt lettering at spine. Light outer wear, occasional mild foxing.

    Condition: Externally fine with little sign of shelf wear; contents clean with occasional scattered foxing; map with closed tears. A near fine copy.

    Reference: Streeter 1318. Graff 3010. Howes N115. Rader 2479. Raines, p. 154: "One of the rare and reliable books on Texas." Clark, Old South III:215. See also New Handbook of Texas IV:991.

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