DescriptionMary Austin Holley. Texas.
Observations, Historical, Geographical and Descriptive, in a Series of Letters, Written During a Visit to Austin's Colony, With a View to a Permanent Settlement in That Country, in the Autumn of 1831. Baltimore: Armstrong & Plaskitt, 1833. First edition. Copyright slip attached to the verso of the title page. 12mo. 167pp. One engraved 14.25" x 11.25" fold-out "Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas" sculpted by W. Hooker. Original dark blue cloth with "Texas" stamped in gilt within a decorative gilt cartouche on the front board. Remarkably well-preserved with scuffing at the corners and spine ends. Scattered light foxing throughout, former owner's book plate on the front pastedown and a period signature "Tompkins" on the front pastedown. Preserved in a beautiful modern quarter leather and blue cloth slipcase with titles stamped in gilt in compartments between five raised spine bands. A beautiful example of this important book Streeter refers to as "the first book in English entirely on Texas".
Holley, a cousin of Stephen F. Austin to whom she dedicates her book, traveled to Texas to aid her brother Henry, who was settling in Bolivar. She was greatly impressed with all she saw and experienced and provides detailed description of the land, resources, inhabitants and existing settlements. The book was published while Stephen F. Austin was being held prisoner in Mexico City, having been arrested on the orders of General Santa Anna. Some historians believe that Santa Anna obtained a copy of the book which Stephen F. Austin allegedly translated for him, thus providing the general with his first real information on the area. An engaging and incredibly interesting early account of Texas and the keystone in any serious Texas library.
Reference: Streeter 1135 and 1136. Basic Texas Books 93A. Howes H593b. Rader 1912. Sabin 32528. Graff 1934.
Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Books & Catalogs (view shipping information)
Sales Tax information | Terms and Conditions
Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments
Glossary of Terms
Buyer's Premium per Lot:
19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.
Opens about 08/23/2017
Opens about 08/30/2017
Opens about 09/01/2017
Jewelry & Timepieces
Opens about 08/25/2017
Opens about 09/06/2017
Opens about 09/05/2017
Opens about 09/05/2017
Opens about 09/12/2017
Opens about 09/20/2017
Opens about 09/22/2017
Fine & Rare Wine
Opens about 09/25/2017
Opens about 09/26/2017
Opens about 09/29/2017
- Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
- Bid online
- Free Collector newsletter
- Want List with instant e-mail notifications
- Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
- Cash Advances
- More Bidders
- Trusted Experts
- Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Learn about consigning with us
I believe Heritage did a very good job of the cataloging. I am very pleased overall!View More Testimonials
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)