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    W. Richardson. Texas Almanac for 1870 and Emigrant's Guide to Texas. Galveston: Richardson & Co. 1870. First edition; the variant with preface dated January 1, 1870. 8vo. 289pp. with 50+ pp. of illustrated advertisements. Paper wrappers. This issue is in surprisingly nice condition, with light wear to paper wrappers and spine. Large signature of previous owner on front cover. Housed in a modern case with black half calf over brown cloth. Gilt lettering on spine. Near fine.

    Issued during Reconstruction, Richardson states: "Our anomalous political condition, our compound form of government partly military and partly civil, together with the numerous vacancies in the postal and every other department, caused by the exclusion of nearly all qualified to fill the offices, from their inability to take the required oath, or from their assumed disloyalty--these and other causes have so utterly deranged the ordinary functions of our State Government as to render every search for the usual statistical information unavailing." Contains Texas Reconstruction Constitution; Fall of the Alamo by Martínez Caro; Battle of San Jacinto by Delgado; How to Find a Home in Western Texas; and much more.

    From Basic Texas Books: "The Richardson almanacs comprise one of the finest research sources for virtually every aspect of 19th century Texas history. Much of our surviving eyewitness information on the Texas Revolution and Republic of Texas appears in the Richardson almanacs, as well as a vast amount of economic and statistical data.... The Richardson almanacs, particularly the post-war issues, are rich in articles on cattle and sheep ranching, railroads, commerce, and annual statistical data...."

    Basic Texas Books 172. See also Handbook II:732. Howes T138. Raines, p. 174. Winkler 2593.

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