Mary S[herwood Wightman] Helm. Scraps of Early Texas History. Austin: Printed for the Author at the Office of B. R. Warner & Co., 1884. First edition. [2], iv, 198, [2] pp. 8vo, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt title on upper cover, marbled endpapers. Spine darkened with a tiny tear, moderate shelf wear, tight binding with even toning throughout, overall very good. Previous owner's bookplate on front endpaper. Rare.

    Basic Texas Books 90: "This valuable book contains not only the personal recollections of Mrs. Helm in Texas, but also a lengthy description of Texas written in the 1820's by her first husband, Elias R. Wightman. One of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, Wightman came to Texas in 1824 as a surveyor for the new colony. According to Mrs. Helm, he wrote the first description of the colony and 'compiled the first map of Texas in 1828, from which all subsequent maps obtain their basis.' The volume begins with an extraordinary account of the Texas Revolution from a woman's viewpoint, including one of the best descriptions extant of the Runaway Scrape." Graff 1847. Howes H399.

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