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: J. A. James & Co., 1836. First edition. 12mo. vii, 336pp, plus 2 pages of ads. Fold-out map at front, with colored boundaries, titled "Texas Containing the Latest Grants & Discoveries by E. F. Lee" (1836), measuring approximately 13" x 8.5". Brown textured cloth binding, professionally restored and repaired (lacking printed paper label). Some staining to boards and light wear to extremities. Moderate foxing throughout, heavy foxing to endpapers. Original map is torn along folds, with some toning and creasing. A tight copy in very good condition. Scarce.
One of the best early accounts of Texas, written by a Scotsman who settled in Texas in the early 1830s. His descriptions of the recent revolt, of the land, the people, and the economy, were the most accurate to-date, but it was his inclusion and analysis of colonization regulations and translations of Mexican decrees which, from a historical perspective, prove particularly useful. As informative as the book was, it caused a great furor upon its publication and was described as being "a slander upon the people of Texas," for a variety of reasons, not least of which was its rather incendiary anti-Texan/pro-Mexican stance. An accusation hurled by Stephen F. Austin against a man he thought was the author of this book even precipitated the challenge of a duel by the wrongly-accused man to defend his honor. The duel was avoided, but soon after the publication of his book, Edward and his family removed to Ohio.
References: Basic Texas Books 53 ("One of the best accounts of Texas on the eve of the revolution"). Graff 1208. Howes E48. Raines, p. 74 ("one of the few choice early histories of Texas, though the author was rather Mexican in his politics"). Sabin 21886. Streeter 1199 ("one of the essential Texas books").
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