DescriptionJohn Henry Brown. History of Texas, From 1685 to 1892. St. Louis: L. E. Daniell, Publishers, [1892, 1893]. First edition. Two octavo volumes. 631; 591 pages. 25 illustrations. 2 maps. Publisher's original grey cloth with embossing in black and lettering in gilt, pale green floral endpapers.
Condition: Moderate shelf wear especially at the extremities; corners abraded; spines browned with fraying at the ends; spine cloth wrinkled on Volume I; hinges starting Volume I; hinges cracked in Volume II but the textblock remains tight; contemporary owner's name on the front pastedown of each volume; contents with light toning, otherwise about very good condition.
References: Basic Texas Books 22. Howes B856. Raines, p. 32.
In his Basic Texas Books, John H. Jenkins writes that John Henry Brown "arrived in Texas November, 1839, on board the steamship Columbia, served as an Indian fighter in a Texas Ranger company under John C. Hays, was wounded in the Battle of Salado during the Woll Invasion of 1842, served as a colonel in the Texas militia in the Mexican War, and was at various times a printer and newspaper publisher throughout his career [...] [Brown] was a leader in the Texas Secession Convention, and was Adjutant General of H. E. McCulloch's brigade during the Civil War. After the war he was mayor of Dallas and a leader in drafting the 1876 Texas Constitution, which still governs the state." Jenkins - whose Pemberton Press reprinted this massive work - goes on to praises the book: "Brown's history is replete with historical facts presented for the first time, and with incidents that would not have been remembered without Brown's work. His descriptions are vivid and memorable. The set is still useful today, and forms one of the basic research sources for 19th century Texas" (Basic Texas Books).
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