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    William Kennedy. Texas: Its Geography, Natural History, and Topography. New York: Benjamin and Young, 1844. First edition, 8vo, x, 118 pages. Rebound with contemporary brown half calf with marbled boards, gilt lettering along spine.

    This is an abridged version of Kennedy's very popular first volume Texas: The Rise, Progress, and Prospects (London: 1841). Kennedy was an Irish poet who spent two short months in the Texas Republic in 1839 and returned home to write one of the most important works on Texas ever printed. As noted by Howes: "Paints a favorable picture of Texas, and may have hastened English recognition of her independence." Jenkins assures us that Kennedy's work is "The most comprehensive account of Texas published during its decade as an independent nation ... a work of profound influence."

    Also includes Copy of Field Notes and Journal of Survey by A. Le Grand, the man in charge of the survey party to map out a land grant for the New Arkansas and Texas Land Company. Unlike the English issue of this book, the American edition does not include the map, but is generally considered rarer and more desirable.

    Condition: Light to moderate foxing throughout; heavier at initial and terminal leaves. Bumped corners. Light pencil notation on title page. Overall fine.

    Reference: Streeter 1385B. Sabin 37441. Graff 2308. Howes K92. Raines p. 132-133. Basic Texas Books 117. Clark III: 189.


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