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    Mary Austin Holley. Texas. Lexington, Ky: J. Clarke & Co., 1836. First edition. 8vo. viii, 410 pp. Tipped-in hand-tinted folding map of Texas on onionskin paper. Original tan cloth over boards. Paper title label on spine. Binding slightly cocked. Some dampstaining and wear to boards. Mild foxing throughout. Dampstaining to the lower corner of the final twenty leaves. Bookplate on front pastedown of Joaquín García Icazbalceta, the Mexican writer best known for his biography of Juan de Zumárraga, as well as the translation into Spanish of Prescott's Conquest of Mexico. Overall, a tight, bright, and very good copy, with the map in absolutely superb condition.

    "As Mrs. Holley says in her Preface and again to the same effect in her Introduction, this is primarily a book of information intended for the emigrant rather than the general reader. There are chapters with such titles as 'Towns, Villages, &c.,' 'Money, Banks, Mail Establishments,' and there is a history of Texas carried down to Houston's army order of May 5, 1836, bidding farewell to his troops on leaving for treatment at New Orleans. There are also reprintings of Austin's Address at Lexington of March 7, 1836, the Mexican Constitution of 1824, and the Texas Constitution of March 17, 1836" (Streeter).

    References:
    Basic Texas Books 94. Howes H563. Graff 1935. Raines, p. 116. Sabin 32528. Streeter 1207.


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