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    David B. Edward. The History of Texas or, the Emigrant'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. First edition. 12mo. Xii, 13-336 pages, [2] pages of publisher's advertisements. Fold-out hand colored "Map of Texas Containing the Latest Grants & Discoveries" (8.5" x 12.25") by E. F. Lee bound in front. 19th century three-quarter leather binding over brown cloth boards. Titles stamped in gilt within compartments between four raised bands. Decorated endpapers and marbled page edges.

    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).

    Condition: Very good. The boards and spine with moderate shelf wear; internally very clean and bright. Map slightly toned with a 2" closed-tear extending into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Reference: Streeter 1199. Basic Texas Books 53. Clark, Old South III:35. Graff 1208. Howes E48. Rader 1279. Raines p. 74. Day p.24.


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