DescriptionDr. Alex Dienst. The Navy of the Republic of Texas, 1835-1845. Temple [Texas]: Privately published by the author, 1909 . First edition, later issue with added portrait of Dienst and appreciation leaf by Eugene C. Barker and plate, supposedly one of 30 copies issued. 8vo. 150 pages. Original publisher's maroon cloth over boards with titles stamped in gilt on the front board and spine. Modest wear to the edges of the spine and corners of the boards, otherwise a tight copy in very good condition.
The first and considered by many the best history of the fledgling Texas navy in the revolution and Republic eras. The original 1909 first edition is virtually unobtainable, with only a few copies having been offered for sale in the last forty years.
Reference: Basic Texas Books 42.
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