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    L. Hartmann & Millard. Le Texas, ou notice historique sur le Champ d'Asile - Signed First Edition. Comprenant tout ce qui s'est passé depuis la formation jusqu' àla dissolution de cette Colonie, les causes qui l'ont amenée, et la liste de tous les Colons Français, avec des renseiguemens utiles à leurs familles, et le plan du camp, DÉDIÉ A MESSIEURS LES SOUSCRIPTEURS en favour des Réfugiés; Par MM. Hartmann et Millard. A Paris: Chez Béguin, et al, Juin 1819. First edition. Signed by both authors and the publisher. 12mo. ix [x] [11] 12-135pp. Text in French. Contemporary binding in three-quarter buckram and marbled paper over boards. Hinges and joints cracked, front board loose but still attached. Moderate dampstaining throughout. Initials of previous owner rubber-stamped on titled page and again on page three of the dedication. Missing the folding engraved frontispiece plan of the fort. Streeter: "Statement certifying these as copies of the authorized edition on verso of half titles, signed in Ms. by Hartmann and Béguin in some copies" - that statement is present in this copy. Overall, very good condition.

    General Charles Lallemand, following Napoleon's final defeat, fled to America and eventually made his way to the Texas coast and up the Trinity River to found Champ d'Asile, a colony for exiled Napoleonic veterans. In Basic Texas Books, Jenkins writes of this book that "the text consists of two diaries, the first by Hartmann and the second by Millard. The Hartmann section includes a list of the colonists and the text of Gen. C. F. A. Lallemand's Proclamation from Galveston, beginning: 'Brought together by a series of misfortunes which exiled us from our homes [in France] and scattered us abroad in various countries, we have no hostile intentions [but if we are attached] we have arms [...]." Raines: "The authors give a full history of 'Camp Asylum, with a notice of everything that happened from the formation to the dissolution of that colony, the causes which brought it about, and the list of all the French colonists with information useful to their families, and the plan of the camp.' The organization was purely military, divided into two cohorts, commanded by Gens. Lallemand and Rigaud. Lallemand was one of the legatees of Napoleon. On the approach of the Spanish army, the French burned their buildings and fled to Galveston Island, thence to Louisiana. The exact site of the settlement has not yet been determined."

    References: Basic Texas Books 85. Howes H270. Raines, p. 109. Sabin 30706. Streeter 1069.


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