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    Mary Austin Holley: Texas, by Mrs. Mary Austin Holley. Lexington: J. Clarke & Co., 1836. 12mo., viii, 410pp., folding engraved map of Texas on onionskin paper, with original hand-colored outline and shading: Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas, by W. Hooker, Sculpt., 13.5" x 10.5". Original tan muslin, spine label chipped, although completely legible. Binding has wear and discoloration, with cloth at front joint showing evidence of separation, but joints remain tight. Mild to moderate foxing; map has clean separations at folds, and old tape repairs where map is joined to book block. The Hooker map remains clean, crisp, with vivid colors. A gift bookplate on front pastedown dated 1838 identifies the book as a gift from G.M. Bryan to Nu Pi Kappa Society at Kenyon College in Ohio. Guy M. Bryan (1821 - 1901) was a nephew of Stephen F. Austin (see The Handbook of Texas Online). Huntington Library deaccession stamp on rear pastedown. The book is housed in a green half calf and cloth slipcase.

    Unlike the Hooker map included in the 1833 edition, this map is quite striking with the different grants colored to delineate boundaries. The revisions included stress the changing face of Texas as described in Mrs. Holley's book. The 1836 edition is not simply a re-issue of the 1833 edition. Although Streeter preferred the 1833 edition, Jenkins considered the 1836 issue more important and influential: "In addition to the San Jacinto reports, it includes the first book printing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, of the Republic of Texas Constitution, of Travis' famous letter from the Alamo, of Austin's Louisville Address of 1836, and other key documents of the revolution."


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