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    William Kennedy: Texas: The Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas. In Two Volumes. (London: R. Hastings, 1841) [On versos of titles and at ends of volumes: London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street]. First edition. Two octavo volumes (8.75" x 5.5"). lii, 378; vi, 548 pages. Illustrated, complete with four maps, two folding and one partially colored, including: the complete map of the Republic titled Map of Texas. Compiled from Surveys Recorded in the Land Office of Texas and Other Official Surveys. By John Arrowsmith. Soho Square, London. (23.5" x 20"), outlined in color; Chart of Matagorda Bay; Plan of Aranzas Bay; Map of the Republic of Texas and the Adjacent Territories. Indicating the Grants of Land Conceded under the Empressario System of Mexico. (12.5" x 15") [all by C.F. Cheffins Lithographer, London].

    Perhaps the single best work published on Texas during the Republic period, Kennedy's book covers both the geography and natural features of Texas and its history during the revolution and early Republic. Kennedy later went to Galveston as the British consul there, and encouraged European emigration. Many of the basic documents of the revolution saw their first European publication here. "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" - Raines. The map is one of the most important of the Republic period, engraved by John Arrowsmith in London. "The large map by John Arrowsmith ranks with those of Tanner and Emory as the best maps of Texas during the period of the republic" - Jenkins. "Arrowsmith's map was probably the first to show the full extent of Texas's claim of the upper Rio Grande. The popularity and general acceptance of the map has been documented by the fact that many map makers copied liberally from Arrowsmith's map, including some of its errors. The map certainly was the best information on Texas geography available in Europe during a decade in which the political fate of the new Republic was of international concern" - Martin & Martin.

    Publisher's original blindstamped cloth, lettered in gilt on the spines. Original pale yellow coated endpapers. Minor wear and fading to the cloth, mostly at the edges, spine and joints. Rear hinge of Volume I cracking but still very sound, minor foxing, a few short corner tears and one 3" tear to the first map, light creasing to the first map. Altogether, an excellent near fine copy of a very scarce book, especially in this condition. Housed in a custom red cloth slipcase. A seminal work on Texas in the Republic period. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 1385. Graff 2308. Wheat Transmississippi 451. Sabin 37440. Howes K92. Rader 2159. Basic Texas Books 117.


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