DescriptionDavid 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,  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. Modern black-cloth binding with titles stamped in gilt on the spine.
"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). Sibley, Travelers in Texas, pp. 178-179: "Edward is inclined to moralize about the shortcomings of Texans, but withal he gives so pleasant a view of the country that one suspects him of protesting too much when he denies owning land there." Sibley (p. 19) refers to Edward "borrowing" from Mary Austin Holley's 1836 book on Texas. Sibley (p. 17) also discusses Viktor Bracht's praise of Edward's book in 1848, at which time Bracht noted that there were "over a hundred works on Texas...most of which were absolutely worthless to those who have learned to know and love the country through their own observations." Bracht rated Edward's History of Texas as "one of the best." Yet, E.M. Pease warned against Edward's book: "There is little in this work that can be relied on except what is stolen from Mrs. Holley."
Condition: Very good. Light to moderate scattered foxing with damp staining throughout. Old, small and unobtrusive library stamps at the foot of the title page. Map toned with scattered foxing and a split in the fold.
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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