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    Mary Austin Holley. Texas. Lexington, Ky: J. Clarke & Co., 1836. First edition. 12mo. viii, 410 pp. With folding engraved map of Texas on onionskin paper, original hand-colored outline and shading: Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas, by W. Hooker, Sculpt., 13.5" x 10.5".

    Unlike the Hooker map included in the 1833 edition, this map is quite striking with the different grants colored to delineate boundaries. The revisions included stress the changing face of Texas as described in Mrs. Holley's book. The 1836 edition is not simply a re-issue of the 1833 edition. Although Streeter preferred the 1833 edition, Jenkins considered the 1836 issue more important and influential: "In addition to the San Jacinto reports, it includes the first book printing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, of the Republic of Texas Constitution, of Travis' famous letter from the Alamo, of Austin's Louisville Address of 1836, and other key documents of the revolution."

    "As Mrs. Holley says in her Preface and again to the same effect in her Introduction, this is primarily a book of information intended for the emigrant rather than the general reader. There are chapters with such titles as 'Towns, Villages, &c.,' 'Money, Banks, Mail Establishments,' and there is a history of Texas carried down to Houston's army order of May 5, 1836, bidding farewell to his troops on leaving for treatment at New Orleans. There are also reprintings of Austin's Address at Lexington of March 7, 1836, the Mexican Constitution of 1824, and the Texas Constitution of March 17, 1836" (Streeter).

    Condition: Later binding, with gilt title on spine. Housed in a custom cloth covered slipcase. With purchase receipt from Goodspeed's dated October 3, 1938, when the book sold for $25.00.

    References: Basic Texas Books 94. Howes H563. Graff 1935. Raines, p. 116. Sabin 32528. Streeter 1207.




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