DescriptionMary Austin Holley. Texas. Lexington, KY: J. Clarke & Co. 1836. First Edition. 12mo. vii, -410 pp. including Appendix. Re-backed over late 19th century or early 20th century leather boards. Lacks folding map. Boards worn at the edges. Contents generally bright with some light scattered foxing throughout. Very good condition.
This is Mrs. Holley's second book on Texas, intended as an informative guide for emigrants to the area. Despite the similar title to her 1833 book, it is a completely different work; Jenkins calls it "a much more important book." While her first book was an enthusiastic endorsement of settling in Texas, this volume offers the reader a wealth of practical information necessary to everyday life and commerce. It includes specific detail about settlements and towns, business and banking matters, transportation and communication facilities, social niceties, and so on.
In her effort to promote Texas' independence and eventual statehood, Mrs. Holley also included in this volume a general history of Texas, a printing of the Texas and Mexican constitutions, and the text of her cousin Stephen F. Austin's farewell address of March 7, 1836, delivered at Lexington, Kentucky.
Reference: Streeter 1207. Raines p. 116. Howes H593. Sabin 32528. Graff: Fifty Texas Rarities, 15. Basic Texas Books 94.
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