DescriptionH[enderson] Yoakum. History of Texas From Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846. New York: Redfield, 1855. First edition. Two 8vo volumes. 482, 4 publisher's ads; 576 pages. Appendix and indexed. Large fold-out map at the end of Volume I: "Map of Spanish-Texas" (heavily damaged and repaired). Fold-out facsimile military order signed by Santa Anna in Volume II. Four portrait plates (of Stephen Austin, [Ellis P.] Bean, Sam Houston, and Thomas J. Rusk); three plates of maps in the text: "San Antonio & Its Environs", "Ground Plan of the Alamo in 1835-6", and "San Jacinto Battle-Ground." Engraved view of the "Mission of San José" as frontispiece to Volume I and engraved portrait of Sam Houston with facsimile signature as frontispiece of Volume II. Half-bound in brown with titles stamped in gilt on the spines and four raised bands; this volume has been rebound with decorative endpapers and reinforced hinges. Boards are scuffed and ends worn. Some wear on the spine, especially on the bands. Heavy foxing and dampstaining in Volume I; moderate foxing in Volume II. A few pages have been dog-eared. Offsetting to the portraits. Notations in pencil spread through Volume I.
According to book lore the first printing in 1855 was mostly destroyed by fire and is quite rare. It is considered one of the most important works on early Texas. Yoakum had the use of materials provided to him by Sam Houston, Thomas J. Rusk and many others. "Mr. Yoakum seems to have collected with great care all the existing material, with much that has never yet appeared in print. All contemporary accounts, personal narratives, private correspondence, individual reminiscences, newspaper statements, and official documents are called into requisition. The work, though wanting in system and condensed expression, is still of very great interest and value, and is deserving of general study. The author was evidently an enthusiastic admirer of Gen. Houston." (Raines, p. 223)
References: Basic Texas Books 224. Howes Y10. Raines, p. 223.
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