DescriptionDavid B. Edward: The History of Texas; or, The Emigrant's, Farmer's, and Politician's Guide to the Character, Climate, Soil and Productions of That Country: Geographically Arranged from Personal Observation and Experience. (Cincinnati: Stereotyped and Published by J.A. James & Co., 1836). First edition. Twelvemo (7" x 4.25"). 336 pages. Contains final page of ads which is often missing. Illustrated with the large colored folding map of Texas by E.F. Lee (12.5" x 8.5") containing the latest grants and discoveries. This is one of the earliest separate maps of Texas, published shortly after its Independence.
C.W. Raines accurately termed it 'one of the few choice early histories of Texas, though the author was rather Mexican in his politics.' "In addition to giving what was to that date the most accurate description of the land, settlements, and economy of Texas, Edward devotes considerable space to colonization regulations and activities." "David B. Edward was born in Scotland, lived in the West Indies and Columbia, and settled in Louisiana in 1819. He moved to Texas in 1830 and became principal of one of the earliest schools in Texas in Gonzales. It was in this town, center of Mexican, Irish, and Anglo-American activities, that he prepared his book, although he obviously did some of the research in New Orleans. Conditions just prior to the Revolution described by an actual observer. One of the cornerstones of any Texas collection. Streeter calls this work 'one of the essential Texas books.' Edward describes Texas on the eve of its War of Independence; unlike many emigrant's guides however Edward writes from first-hand experience.
Contemporary and possibly publisher's binding of dark brown diced paper boards with printed paper spine label. Binding worn with some loss at the joints and corners, general chipping and scuffing including to the label, which is also darkened. Penmanship practice on the rear free endleaf, a bit of minor foxing and soiling, a few short tears to the map edges, but altogether an excellent very good copy. Housed in a brown cloth clamshell case with a morocco label lettered in gilt. Description mounted to the inside of the case. One of the best accounts of Texas on the eve of the revolution, this also includes the early actions in the revolt through 1835. From the collection of Darrel Brown.
Reference: Streeter Texas 1199. Basic Texas Books 53. Howes E48. Sabin 21886.
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