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    THE HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS

    N. Doran Maillard: The History Of The Republic Of Texas, From The Discovery Of The Country to the Present Time; And The Cause Of Her Separation From the Republic of Mexico. (London: Published by Smith, Elder & Co., 1842.) 512 pp. First Edition. Colored folding map: Boundaries Of Texas. Political, Conventional, and Natural. A New Map of Texas, 1841. 8vo. Original dark green cloth, covers blocked in blind, spine lettered gilt, yellow coated endpapers. Folding map outlined in color as frontispiece.

    A London barrister, Nicholas Doran Maillard arrived in Texas in 1840 and quickly settled in Richmond, becoming co-editor of the Richmond Telescope. In 1842 he published this account of the history of Texas, which was perceived to be a vitriolic denunciation of the Republic of Texas. Maillard insisted he had offered a true description of the Texas Revolution and of the aggressive and treasonable policy pursued by Texans toward Mexico. A vehement abolitionist, Maillard regarded Texas as a seat of corruption and dissolution. His controversial opinions are reflected in the cartography of his map, in which he has shrunk the Republic of Texas down to the tiniest size yet seen in maps of this period. The map is rather exceptional, with colored outlines of political, conventional, and natural boundaries of Texas.

    This book is one of those strange anomalies in today's Texana market, in that the map is probably worth more than the book. Occasional minor age toning and foxing throughout. In fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 1422: " Maillard claimed to be making notes on the law, but he returned suddenly to England eight months later and began a campaign of fierce denigration of Texas.... Though this account of Texas has little value as a history because of Maillard's extreme bias, it should be included in Texas collections as an example of what can be said about Texas by one who hates it. What wounded Maillard's ego during the six months in 1839 he spent in Texas is not known, but it has caused him to characterize Texas (p. 206) as 'a country filled with habitual liars, drunkards, blasphemers, and slanderers, sanguinary gamesters and cold-blooded assassins' and more to the same effect. Stephen F. Austin is referred to, at page 30, as 'the prince of hypocrites,' and James Bowie, at page 104, as 'monster.' ... Incidentally, at page vi, Maillard speaks of himself as 'an impartial historian.' The map [shows] the political boundaries of Texas under Spain and the territory now 'absolutely in the possession of the Texians.' ...." Basic Texas Books (134) called Maillard's book: "The most vitriolic denunciation of the Republic of Texas [comprising] a compendium of everything bad that could be claimed about Texas and Texans of those times." Vandale 113. Graff 2663. Howes M255. Raines, p. 144.


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