Mrs. Mary S. Helm. Scraps of Early Texas History. Austin: Printed for the author at the Office of B. R. Warner & Co., 1884. First edition. Octavo. iv, [1]-198, [1] pages. Publisher's original brown cloth with titles lettered in gilt on the front board and spine (rebacked). Marbled endpapers.

    The book is notable for both the "extraordinary account of the Texas Revolution from a woman's viewpoint, including one of the best descriptions of the Runaway Scrape" (Jenkins) as well as for the author's memoirs as a pioneer settler of the Matagorda Bay area. The latter part of the book contains descriptions of Texas written by her first husband, Elias Wightman, a surveyor and one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred.

    Condition: Skillfully rebacked; original boards soiled, worn at the edges and corners; contents lightly toned, otherwise very good.

    Reference: Jenkins, Basic Texas Books 90. Howes H399.

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