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    J[acob] De Cordova. Texas: Her Resources and her Public Men. A Companion for J. De Cordova's New and Correct Map of the State of Texas. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1858. First edition, second issue. 8vo. 375 pp. Index, advertisements. Original red cloth backstrip and covers attached to new spine and boards. Gilt lettering to spine dulled. Moderate toning and foxing throughout. Bookplate from the library of John M. McCoy, the first city attorney of Dallas. A tight, clean copy in very good condition.

    "De Cordova, a native of Jamaica, was one of the earliest Jewish settlers in Texas. He supplied goods for the Texas Revolution from New Orleans and settled in Galveston in 1837. [...] He was fluent in English, German, French, Spanish, Hebrew, and several Indian languages. He became one of the leading land merchants in Texas, and worked for thirty years promoting immigration into the state" (Basic Texas Books). Most of the concerns of potential immigrants to Texas are addressed: climate, soil quality, transportation, laws, history, biography of Texas luminaries, churches, fraternal organizations, schools, and a short but comprehensive introduction to the legal issues of land claims and deeds; resulting in what Raines describes as "a fine cyclopedia at the time."

    References:
    Basic Texas Books 38. Howes D201. Raines, p. 65.


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