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    E[mmanuel] Domenech: Missionary Adventures in Texas and Mexico: A Personal Narrative of Six Years' Sojourn in Those Regions, by the Abbé Domenech. Translated from the French. (London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858). First English edition (first published in Paris in 1857). Octavo (8.5" x 5.25"). xv [1] 366 pages. Engraved map with original pink shading and routes in red: Map of Texas Illustrating the Missions and Journeys of the Abbé Em. Domenech (17" x 14"). Original brown cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Binding is worn and water stained, slightly skewed. Map with neat tape repair on verso where joined to text block, generally, the map is in fine condition. Altogether, a very handsome copy. The excellent map, which is not listed by Wheat, follows De Cordova's conformation. Bradford 1350. Graff 1120. Howes D408. Plains & Rockies III: 356an. Raines, pages 69-70. Tate, Indians of Texas 2040: "Describes the 1840 Council House Fight as a plot by the Texans." The Handbook of Texas Online (Emmanuel Domenech): "[Domenech] may have been the first priest to be ordained in Texas.... The book describes the trials of early Catholic missionaries and is filled with vivid sketches of the Texas frontier and anecdotes about its people. He found Houston 'infested with Methodists and ants' and dismissed Austin, 'the seat of the Texian legislature,' as 'a small dirty town' with 'only one wretched hotel.' His colorfully detailed narrative of the establishment of the Catholic hierarchy in Texas, amid the tensions of the boundary disputes with Mexico and the devastation of an epidemic of cholera, has no counterpart." See Horgan's comments in The Great River (II, page 793).

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