Mary Austin Holley. Austin, Texas. Observations - Historical, Geographical, and Descriptive, in a series of letters, written during a visit to Austin's Colony view to permanent settlement in that country, in the autumn of 1831. With an Appendix. Baltimore: Armstrong & Plaskitt, 1833. 167pp. 16mo, original dark blue-green cloth gilt-lettered and decorated on upper cover, some outer wear and light staining, text foxed, later ink ownership inscription on front pastedown, generally in very good condition. [With]: Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas. W. Hooker Sculpt. Engraved map with original hand-coloring. 10-5/8" x 13". Folded into 24mo, contemporary plain tan stiff paper wrappers, with manuscript ink lettering: "TEXAS." Two short tears (no losses), otherwise exceptionally fine and bright, with excellent coloring.

    First edition, unrecorded variant, copyright notice pasted on dedicatory leaf (p. 3), variant map in contemporary wrappers laid in. Basic Texas Books 93. Clark, Old South III: 56. Graff 1935. Howes H593. Martin &Martin, p. 32: "In 1833, Austin's cousin Mary Austin Holley produced a promotional tract on Texas which, because Tanner [publisher of Austin's map] refused Austin permission to use his map for the purpose, was issued with an accompanying map by William Hooker, which was clearly based on Austin's sources." Raines, p. 116. Streeter, p. 328 (citing the book as one of the most desirable for a Texas collection) & 1135: "The first book in English entirely on Texas...For a long time I have regarded it as one of the Texas classics." Vandale 87. The map laid in this book has the later issue points described in Streeter 1136, but unlike the uncolored map that customarily appears with Holley's 1833 book, the present map is in full original color. The paper stock on which the map is printed is unlike that of the map in the 1833 Holley or the Hooker map at U.T. Courtesy of Michael Heaston, Austin. Consigne

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