DescriptionHenry Stuart Foote. Texas and the Texans; or, Advance of the Anglo-Americans to the South-West; Including a History of Leading Events in Mexico, From the Conquest by Fernando Cortes to the Termination of the Texan Revolution. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1841. First edition. Two 8vo volumes. viii, 314 pages; v, 403 pages. Original brown cloth over boards. Decorative blind stamping to front and back boards. Gilt lettering and lone star designs gilt stamped to spine. Boards scuffed and shelfworn at the edges, with some abrasions to the corners. Board edge bumped on Volume II. Spine ends worn and fraying at the top. The letter "R" has been written in pencil on the title page of both volumes. Moderate foxing scattered throughout both volumes. Does not include James H. Young's "A New Map of Texas" (Philadelphia, 1842), which the publisher inserted in some of the remaining copies of the book in 1842. Very good condition.
Raines calls this two-volume set "One of the best histories of Texas for the period covered." Streeter notes that "This is a very discursive account of Texas history down to the opening years of the Republic of Texas, but, with judicious skipping, a rather entertaining one." Eugene C. Barker remarked that "One's impatience with Foote's betrayal of the historian's obligation to tell the truth as he knows it gives way to amusement at the ingenuity of his grandiose distortions."
An important contemporary history of the early days in Texas. The first volume includes five chapters on Mexican history, along with chapters on Spanish-American relations, the Burr Conspiracy, and James Long. There are also four chapters, described by Jenkins as among the best in the book, on the Fredonian Rebellion. The second volume reviews the history of colonization and the Texas Revolution, concluding with an essay by Ashbel Smith.
References: Basic Texas Books 63. Graff 1376. Howes F238 ("aa"). Rader 1425. Raines, p. 84. Sabin 25019. Streeter 1377.
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