DescriptionJohn M[ilton] Niles and L[orraine] T. Pease. History of South America and Mexico; Comprising Their Discovery, Geography, Politics, Commerce and Revolutions. By Hon. John M. Niles. To Which is Annexed, A Geographical and Historical View of Texas, with a Detailed Account of the Texian Revolution and War. By Hon. L.T. Pease. In Two Volumes. Hartford: H. Huntington, Jr., 1837. Octavo, 370; 230 pages. Two volumes bound in one. This is the rare 1837 edition of this work, which is the first edition with the material on Texas included. Engraved frontispiece, two engraved portraits (of Santa Anna and Samuel Houston) and two color folding maps: Mexico & Texas (13" x 14"); and South America (22" x 18"). Contemporary mottled calf, decorated and lettered in gilt on the spine. All edges marbled.
Includes accounts and details of the recent Texas Revolution of 1836. The Battle of San Jacinto is depicted on the engraved frontispiece, and the extra engraved title page bears a vignette of the Alamo. Streeter calls the Texas material: "An excellent contemporary account of the Texas Revolution, compiled by the father of one of the participants." Twelve chapters, beginning on page 213 and extending to page 370, consist of "Geographical and Historical View of Texas with a Detailed Account of the Texian Revolution and War."
Condition: Moderate to heavy scuffing to boards; boards slightly warped; gilt titles worn and faded; contents generally bright; contemporary owner's name of flyleaf; maps have detached, are wrinkles and have closed tears and splits, still overall a very good copy.
Reference: Streeter 1285.
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