Juan Nepomuceno Almonte, News and Statistics on Texas Signed "J. Almonte," inscribed by him to Sñ Castillo, 96 pages, 4" x 6". First Edition. Streeter 816. Gray paper wrappers stamped "J.M. de Castillo y Lancas" in upper margin of front cover imprinted: "Noticia/Estadistica/Sobre/Tejas,/por/Juan N. Almonte./Impreso/por Ignacio Cumplido,/Mexico,/Calle de los Rebeldes N. 2,/1835." Fine condition. With mileage table and charts. Front corners rounded. This book is based on a visit made to Texas by Juan Nepomuceno Almonte (1803-1869) in the spring of 1834, at the orders of the Mexican government, to hear the complaints of the Texans and to gain time for the government to devote its attention to Texas matters. He arrived at Nacogdoches by way of New Orleans in May 1834, and had reached Monclova on his way back to Mexico City in September 1834. Almonte made his report to Valentin Gomez Farias, Vice President and temporary acting president of Mexico, and then compiled the non-political elements into his book, which was published in February 1835 and has a dedication to General Miguel Barragan dated Mexico, January 1, 1835. On January 28, 1835, Santa Anna surrendered the presidency to General Miguel Barragan, who died in office on March 1, 1836. It includes descriptions of towns, roads, ports, and people, as well as a detailed description of the physical terrain. There are sections on the Indian tribes and on wildlife, flora, and fauna. Almonte also urges colonization of Texas by Mexicans and states that he expects to return soon to Texas as Commissioner of Colonization. When he did return, it was as military aide on the staff of Santa Anna's invading army; he was taken prisoner at San Jacinto. This is the only known presentation copy in private hands. In cloth chemise (book and biographical information tipped in) and quarter morocco slipcase case with the spine in five compartments with four raised bands, lettered in gilt, "Noticia Sobre Tejas/Almonte/1835." Presentation copies of this book are exceedingly rare. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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