Superb presentation copy of Austin's extremely rare defense of himself and the early settlers of Texas. "One of the great cornerstones of Texana"

    [Stephen F. Austin] El C. Estevan F. Austin: Esposicion al Publico Sobre Los Asuntos de Tejas. Por El C. Estevan F. Austin. (Megico [sic]: Eu casa de Cornelio C. Sebring, 1835). First and original edition. Author's presentation copy, inscribed at the top of the title page: "To D. José Ramon Malo / E.F. Austin." Small quarto (7.25" x 5.5"). 32 pages. Full nineteenth-century antique-style calf, edges stained blue. Minor soiling and rubbing, pencil notes to one margin, ink numerals to rear blank leaf, else a fine copy. Housed in a quarter brown morocco clamshell case. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 817: "This Esposicion was written shortly after Austin's release on bail from his long confinement at Mexico City and is dated at the end of its main text, Megico, Enero 18, de 1835. It is followed on page 26, by five numbered exhibits. These include an extract from the instructions to Austin of the Texas convention which had met in April, 1833, and a copy of Austin's letter of October 2, 1833, to the ayuntamiento of Bexar, the letter which led to his arrest at Saltillo on January 3, 1834, as he was returning to Texas. The Esposicion, written in the third person, is primarily an able defense of the memorial adopted by the Convention of April 1833, and an explanation of the letter of October 2, 1833, which had caused Austin's arrest. It is one of the important Texas documents ... Dr. Barker says that 450 copies were printed." Fifty Texas Rarities 11: "Austin had gone to Mexico City somewhat reluctantly to argue for a measure of autonomy for Texas. He argued himself into jail (charged with disloyalty to the Mexican Government), where he spent his time composing this explanation of the attitude of Texas toward Mexico." The only work actually written and published by the "Father of Texas." Eberstadt, Texas 162:40. Graff 116. Howes A403. Rader 213. Raines, page 15. Not in Sabin.

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