Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2006
    4th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,080

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    10% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 16 days left to consign to the 2020 March 29 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,022,424