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. 8vo. xii, 13-336pp plus  pages of publisher's ads. Facsimile hand-colored folding map: "Map of Texas containing the latest Grants and Discoveries" by E. F. Lee (9.25" x 14"). Original blue cloth spine with partial paper label; contemporary re-covered boards, repaired. Binding well-worn, especially at the corners, with some scattered soiling and spotting to boards. Original spine worn and faded. Scattered foxing, heavy on some pages. Replaced pastedowns and endpapers. Former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. A good, sound copy of this scarce item.
"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).
References: Basic Texas Books 53. Graff 1208. Howes E48. Rader 1279. Raines, p. 74. Sabin 21886. Streeter 1199.
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