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    William Kennedy. Texas: The Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas. In Two Volumes. London: R. Hastings, 1841. First edition. Two 8vo volumes, 378 and 548pp. respectively. Rebound in half calf with marbled boards; raised bands and gilt lettering on spines. Ex-Lafayette Public Library copy, with small ink stamp on first page of introduction. Unfortunately, the all-important maps have been removed from these volumes. Pages are brittle, with occasional chips and tears to initial pages. Volume I title page bears several expert repairs.

    Considered the single-best work on early Texas, Kennedy's publication covers the geography and natural features of Texas as well as its history during the revolution and early years of the Republic. Kennedy later went to Galveston as the British consul there and did a great deal to encourage European emigration. Many of the basic documents of the revolution saw their first European publication in these volumes, and Kennedy's work has been lauded by historians and collectors alike. Per Raines: "This book was pronounced to be the best history of Texas extant. The Texan Congress passed a resolution of thanks to the author. The physical description of Texas [is] the best published up to that time. No historian of Texas has more eloquent paragraphs."

    Reference:
    Streeter Texas 1385. Graff 2308. Wheat Transmississippi 451. Sabin 37440. Howes K92. Rader 2159. Basic Texas Books 117. Webb Texana 8. Clark III: 189. Raines, pp. 132-133. Martin & Martin 32. LC Exhibition 115.


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