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    Among the earliest Texas book bindings, the author's personal copy

    Palmer Job Pillans: Government of the Army of the Republic of Texas, Printed in Accordance with a Joint Resolution of Congress, Approved January 23rd, 1839... (Houston: Intelligencer Office-S. Whiting, Printer), [1839]. 187 pp., two engraved plates. 12mo. [With]: Uniform of the Army of the Republic of Texas, Prescribed and Published by Order of the President. 16 pp. (including half title). 2 vols. in one, 12mo. First edition.

    Streeter notes that the muslin binding was accomplished in Texas and is among the earliest examples of Texas binding of which he knows. In addition he states that: "These regulations were printed in compliance with a joint resolution of Congress, approved by President Lamar on January 23, 1839, that 1,000 copies be printed. Except for the section at the end, 'Uniform of the Army,' they follow closely the General Regulations for the Army of the United States, City of Washington, 1835."

    This particular issue was owned by P.J. Pillans, who served as U.S. Army engineer surveying rivers and railroad right-of-ways in the South. In 1838, Pillans was commissioned to survey the right-of-way for a railroad from Charleston to Cincinnati, but before the project was completed moved to Texas. There, he was commissioned first lieutenant in the Army of the Republic of Texas and quickly promoted to captain. During this time, he was stationed at Galveston and involved in mapping the Sabine boundary. He also acted as a surveyor for the Mercer Colony. Inscribed "P.J. Pillans Capt. 1st Regt. T Army Houston Aug. 17 1839."

    This is an outstanding collectible for those interested in Texas military history, Texas printing, and the history of bookmaking in Texas. This particular volume's original owner imparts additional value and desirability as a thoroughly unique Texana collectible. Housed in red half-calf case with raised bands and gilt lettering at spine. Original brown muslin cloth. Sections of moderate to significant age toning throughout, occasional foxing. There are three known copies of this volume, only one of which is in private hands. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 372 (9 copies - this count is for both issues; 3 copies of this issue located, all in Texas). Raines, p. 127. Sabin 95057.


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