DescriptionDavid B. Edward. The History of Texas; or, The Emigrant's, Farmer's, and Politician's Guide to the Character, Climate, Soil, and Productions of that Country: Geographically Arranged from Personal Observation and Experience. Cincinnati: J. A. James & Co., 1836. 8vo, xii, 336 pages. Folding map of Texas, approximately 12.5" x 8.5", "containing the latest Grants and Discoveries," with colored boundaries, by E. F. Lee. Blue cloth over boards, with an additional covering on the front and back boards. Paper title label to spine is lightly rubbed. Notation in ink "15" on the title page. Map is in excellent condition. In a clear dust jacket that is coming apart in places. Minor shelfwear. A very good copy of this scarce item, infrequently encountered with the map.
One of the best early accounts of Texas, written by a Scotsman who settled in Texas in the early 1830s. His descriptions of the recent revolt, of the land, the people, and the economy were the most accurate to-date, but it was his inclusion and analysis of colonization regulations and translations of Mexican decrees which, from a historical perspective, prove particularly useful. As informative as the book was, it caused a great furor upon its publication and was described as being "a slander upon the people of Texas," for a variety of reasons, not least of which was its rather incendiary anti-Texan/pro-Mexican stance. An accusation hurled by Stephen F. Austin against a man he thought was the author of this book even precipitated the challenge of a duel by the wrongly-accused man to defend his honor. The duel was avoided, but soon after the publication of his book, Edward and his family removed to Ohio.
"This contemporary history by Edward, notwithstanding some idiosyncrasies of the author, is one of the essential Texas books. It gives a good account of the physical features and towns and products of the Texas of 1835, followed (p. 142-176) by an excellent analysis of the colonization laws of the republic and state. Pages 177 to the end are devoted for the most part to the political events from 1832 to about October, 1835, with copious extracts from the New Orleans newspapers of December, 1835, on the ill-fated Tampico expedition of Mexia. Edwards performs a useful service in giving lengthy verbatim extracts from many of the important documents of the period" (Streeter). "One of the best accounts of Texas on the eve of the Revolution" (Jenkins).
References: Basic Texas Books 53. Graff 1208. Howes E48. Rader 1279. Raines, p. 74. Sabin 21886. Streeter 1199.
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