DescriptionCol. Edward Stiff. The Texan Emigrant: Being a Narration of the Author in Texas, and a Description of the Soil, Climate, Productions, Minerals, Towns, Bays, Harbors, Rivers, Institutions, and Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants of that Country; Together With the Principal Incidents of Fifteen Years Revolution in Mexico: and Embracing a Condensed Statement of Interesting Events in Texas, From the First European Settlement in 1692, Down to the Year 1840. Cincinnati: George Conclin, 1840. First edition. 12mo. v, [1, blank], - 367, [1, ad] pp. Facsimile fold-out, hand-colored map of Texas published by George Conclin on onionskin paper, 13" x 10.5" bound in front next to the original map which is missing the bottom third. Two full-page wood-engraved illustrations attributed to John H. Lovejoy: View of Galveston City and Bay, and Battle of San Jacinto. Publisher's original full brown speckled sheep, spine with gilt rules and black leather label lettered in gilt. Former owner's small bookplate on the front pastedown. Boards scuffed and worn along the edges. Corners abraded. Front joint cracked with wear to the spine ends. Moderate foxing throughout. Title page tatty. Light pencil marginalia. The original map is toned, chipped along the edges, and missing the bottom third portion. Still a sound copy of this extremely scarce Texas book.
Howes: "One of the objective accounts of Texas affairs issued in the days of the Republic." Raines: "By an independent thinker, and not always favorable to Texas and the United States. In fact, somewhat of a Tory in politics. Notwithstanding, one of the best books on Texas issued during the Republic. Very scarce." Streeter: "Here conventional accounts of the physical features of Texas and of its cities and towns are interspersed with gossipy comments on various named individuals and on life in Texas in general, making it quite an entertaining book." Basic Texas Books: "One of the most controversial guide books written by a visitor to early Texas.... Stiff's guide is most useful for the light it sheds on such Texas settlements as Houston, which he states consisted of 382 houses and a population of three thousand, of which only about forty were women. He deprecates the moral character of the citizens, points out that there were 65 places of business, 47 of which were saloons or gambling houses.... Stiff's viewpoint throughout the book is decidedly pro-Mexican. He castigates the Texas Revolution as having been fought by opportunists who 'rebel first and find out the reason afterwards.'"
Reference: Basic Texas Books 199. Eberstadt Texas 162:760. Graff 3989. Howes S998. Raines, pp. 195-196. Sabin 91727.
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