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    Complete Guide to Texas Emigrants by Woodman - One of Fifty Texas Rarities

    David Woodman, Jr. Guide to Texas Emigrants. Boston: M. Hawes. 1835. First edition. 12mo. 192pp. (p. 59 misnumbered 29). Copper-engraved plate (The Buffalo Hunt painted by A. Fisher and engraved by W. E. Tucker) and folding copper-engraved, hand-colored Map of the Colonization Grants to Zavala, Vehlein & Burnet in Texas, Belonging to The Galveston Bay & Texas Land Co., printed on onionskin (by S. Stiles & Co., 9 x 11.75") with inset map at lower right showing the Plan of the Port of Galveston, Made by Order of the Mexican Government by Alexander Thompson of the Mexican Navy in 1828; 3.25 x 5.5", with grants colored in green, pink, and yellow. Original teal cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Housed in a contemporary green cardboard case; leather label on spine with gilt lettering. Signature of Rev. Richard Varick Dey of New York on initial flyleaf. Moderate bumping to corners; minor bumping at spine ends. Light rubbing along upper hinge. Small stained area on upper board. Gilt lettering on spine is intact and bright. Small stained area along lower edge of pp. 85-150. Generally fine.

    Woodman's promotional guide was written to entice settlers to come to Texas, and is genuinely rare and difficult to find in the complete state. Very little is known about the author. According to Streeter 1177: "Woodman seems to have been an agent or employee in Boston of the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company. The book begins with an Address to the Reader of the Documents Related to the Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company." The publication of this book was almost certainly sponsored by the Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company, which was actively promoting its Texas land holdings in both America and Europe at the time.

    In addition to his writing ability, Woodman was also expert at compiling pertinent information from a variety of sources. In this interesting little book, Woodman has included numerous articles from newspapers and letters that describe Texas and encourage new settlers to the area. Detailed information is offered regarding geography, flora and fauna, form of government, ease of emigration, transportation, colonization, climate, commercial and business opportunities, agriculture, rivers and lakes, empresario grants, and much more. Woodman also offers advice to prospective emigrants and tackles the difficult issues of Mexican immigration laws and the security of land grants.

    Both the engraved map and plate are in wonderful condition. The map is slightly age toned and bears a small tear where it has been affixed at the hinge, but the colors remain bright and vibrant. This map is also found on a large broadside of the Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company. The handsome copper-engraved plate of an Indian hunting buffalo was done by Alvan Fisher, and appears to have been inspired by Titian Peale's American Buffaloe.

    Fifty Texas Rarities 12. Streeter 1177; 1164. Raines, p. 222. Graff 4737. Howes W647. Rader 3731. Sabin 105111. Phillips, Sporting Books, p. 413. American Imprints 35502. Bradford 6000. Brinley Sale 4747. Clark, Old South 3:117. Vandale 197.

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