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    The first printed illustration of the ruins of the Alamo

    Francis Moore, Jr. Map and Description of Texas, containing Sketches of its History, Geology, Geography and Statistics: With concise statements, relative to the soil, climate, productions, facilities of transportation, population of the country; and some brief remarks Upon the Character and Customs of its Inhabitants. Philadelphia: H. Tanner, Junr.; New York: Tanner & Disturnell, 1840. First edition, 12mo, v, 142 pages. With errata page. Eight plates, including frontispiece. Index. Original black cloth over boards, with gilt lettering on front board. The binding has been expertly re-cased, retaining original backstrip and boards. The original binder, B. G. Peck's name is blind-stamped to front and rear boards, as described by Streeter. A very good copy with all eight engravings present, including the first printed illustration of the ruins of the Alamo. There are only three known copies containing the map and all illustrations; although our present offering is lacking the famed map by General Austin, it remains a fine and desirable Texas rarity. Inked sentiment to previous owner on front paste down: "Present to John Reily from his Father H / T."

    "The eight plates, with views of the missions and towns of Texas as they were around the year 1840, make the first or 1840 edition a most important Texas book. There are surprisingly few books entered in this bibliography with actual, rather than imaginary, illustrations of Texas places" (Streeter).

    Condition: Very light shelf wear to boards. Pages have minor toning and foxing throughout, one plate with a clean slice repaired on the rear. An excellent copy.

    Reference: Streeter 1363: "Exceedingly rare, only 3 copies known with map and plates."

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