DescriptionHenry Stuart Foote. Texas and the Texans; or, Advance of the Anglo-Americans to the South-West; Including a History of Leading Events in Mexico, From the Conquest by Fernando Cortes to the Termination of the Texan Revolution. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1841. First edition. Warm and personal inscription by the author on the recto of the second front free endpaper of Volume I. Two 8vo volumes. viii, 314, 24 publisher's catalog; v, 403pp. Original green cloth over boards. Decorative blind-stamping to cover. Gilt lettering and lone star designs gilt-stamped to spines. Boards scuffed and shelfworn at the edges, with some bumping and abrasions to the corners. Gilt stars on the spine slightly faded from removal of old library labels. Spine ends worn and fraying. Moderate foxing scattered throughout both volumes. Old nineteenth-century library ink stamps on title page of Volume II; with a 1.5-inch square piece missing from the title page affecting some text. Volume I with a crude tape repair to title page. Second front free endpaper in Volume I re-attached. Scuffing to the rear pastedowns of each volume. Former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown of Volume I. Does not include James H. Young's "A New Map Of Texas" (Philadelphia, 1842), which the publisher inserted in some of the remaining copies of the book in 1842. Overall a sound set in generally very good condition.
An important contemporary history of the early days in Texas. The first volume includes five chapters on Mexican history, along with chapters on Spanish-American relations, the Burr Conspiracy, and James Long. There are also four chapters, described by Jenkins as among the best in the book, on the Fredonian Rebellion. The second volume reviews the history of colonization and the Texas Revolution, concluding with an essay by Ashbel Smith.
Raines calls this two-volume set "One of the best histories of Texas for the period covered." Streeter notes that "This is a very discursive account of Texas history down to the opening years of the Republic of Texas, but, with judicious skipping, a rather entertaining one." Eugene C. Barker remarked that "One's impatience with Foote's betrayal of the historian's obligation to tell the truth as he knows it gives way to amusement at the ingenuity of his grandiose distortions." This copy with a nice personal inscription by Foote to Bernard E. Bee which reads: "To my beloved and/ admired friend, Col./ Bernard E. Bee, Charge-/ d'affairs, of the Republic of/ Texas, from the Author./ H. S. Foote". Bee served in several political and diplomatic positions in the early republic.
References: Basic Texas Books 63. Graff 1376. Howes F238 ("aa"). Rader 1425. Raines, p. 84. Sabin 25019. Streeter 1377.
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