DescriptionDavid B. Edward. The History of Texas; Or, the Emigrant's, Farmers, and Politician's Guide to the Character, Climate, Soil, and Productions of that Country. Cincinnati: Stereotyped and Published by J. A. James & Co., 1836. First edition. First edition. Octavo. xii, 13-336 pages; folding map of Texas by E. F. Lee, approximately 12.5 x 8.5 inches, "containing the latest grants and discoveries." Brown cloth over boards, paper title-label to spine. Cloth somewhat darkened with a few spots of soil; touches of wear to spine ends; paper label dulled with light chipping to edges. Endpapers foxed with an abrasion to the front pastedown; small hole to front free endpaper; contemporary owner's signature. Mild foxing to page edges. A very good copy of this scarce item, infrequently encountered with the map. Map in excellent condition. Housed in custom clamshell case. From the private collection of Stephen Lyle Boyd.
"This contemporary history by Edward, notwithstanding some idiosyncrasies of the author, is one of the essential Texas books. It gives a good account of the physical features and towns and products of the Texas of 1835, followed (p. 142-176) by an excellent analysis of the colonization laws of the republic and state. Pages 177 to the end are devoted for the most part to the political events from 1832 to about October, 1835, with copious extracts from the New Orleans newspapers of December, 1835, on the ill-fated Tampico expedition of Mexia. Edwards performs a useful service in giving lengthy verbatim extracts from many of the important documents of the period" (Streeter). "One of the best accounts of Texas on the eve of the Revolution" (Jenkins). Sibley, Travelers in Texas, pp. 178-179: "Edward is inclined to moralize about the shortcomings of Texans, but withal he gives so pleasant a view of the country that one suspects him of protesting too much when he denies owning land there." Sibley (p. 19) refers to Edward "borrowing" from Mary Austin Holley's 1836 book on Texas. Sibley (p. 17) also discusses Viktor Bracht's praise of Edward's book in 1848, at which time Bracht noted that there were "over a hundred works on Texas...most of which were absolutely worthless to those who have learned to know and love the country through their own observations." Bracht rated Edward's History of Texas as "one of the best." Yet, E.M. Pease warned against Edward's book: "There is little in this work that can be relied on except what is stolen from Mrs. Holley." References: Basic Texas Books 53. Graff 1208. Howes E48. Rader 1279. Raines, p. 74. Sabin 21886. Streeter 1199.
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