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    D. Lorenzo de Zavala. Viage a los Estados-Unidos del Norte de America. First edition. Paris: Imprenta de Decourchant, 1834. 8vo. vii, 374 pp. Text in Spanish. Contemporary binding in full green leather. Gilt filleting to the boards. Gilt designs and lettering to spine. Marbled edges. Marbled endpapers. Small address label of previous owner affixed to front pastedown. Slight shelf wear to binding. Moderate foxing throughout. Very good.

    Raines: "One of the few books of travel in the United States worth reading. A fine picture of American manners, customs, and institutions, by a Mexican republican, with some notice of Austin's colonization in Texas. Zavala resigned his position as Mexican Minister to France on the usurpation of Santa Anna, and retired to the United States, and later to Texas. Aided Austin in preparing for the inevitable conflict with Mexico. First Vice-President of the Republic. A true patriot and uncompromising lover of liberty." In his Life of General Houston, 1793-1863, Henry Bruce writes exuberantly of Zavala: "Does the reader remember Lorenzo de Zavala, the fiery republican and Mexican, with the land grant in Texas for five hundred families? He had been ambassador to France since then; in July [1835] he gave up everything, hurled his eternal defiance at Santa Anna, and fled to Texas. He was the only prominent Mexican who did good service to Texas; the Texans quite refuse to surrender him, and Santa Anna was furious." An exceeding scarce book written by one of the framers of the constitution of the Republic of Texas.

    References:
    Bruce, p. 89. Howes Z3. Raines, p. 224. Sabin 106280. Streeter 1156.


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