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    William Preston Stapp. The Prisoners of Perote: Containing a Journal Kept by the Author, Who Was Captured by the Mexicans, at Mier, December 25, 1842, and Released from Perote, May 16, 1844. Philadelphia: G. B. Zieber and Company, 1845. First edition. 12mo. xi, 164pp. Rebound without the ads in modern full red leather with blind-stamped rules and decorative corner devices. Black leather spine label lettered and ruled in gilt. Black endpapers. Leather lightly scarred; spine somewhat darkened. Boards bowed slightly. Dampstain at gutter, affecting first few leaves (including title page) and final few leaves. Occasional minor foxing; final page of text wormed. Very good.

    The Prisoners of Perote, the first book published about the Mier Expedition, was a first-hand account written by William Preston Stapp (1812-1861), a literate and observant Texian soldier who was captured and imprisoned after the fierce battle at Mier in which the Texans were greatly out-numbered by Mexican soldiers, and whose life was spared when he drew a white bean during the so-called Black Bean Episode. Stapp writes: "...the author found himself associated in an enterprise which, however disastrously it afterwards terminated, wore at its outset the most attractive hues of daring chivalry and high adventure." An essential work, vividly written, on an important chapter in the history of the Republic of Texas.

    References: Basic Texas Books 197 ("This was the first book to appear on the Mier Expedition; it is still one of the best"). Dobie, p. 58. Eberstadt 162:754. Graff 3949. Graff, Fifty Texas Rarities 27. Howes S891. Raines, p. 194 ("An interesting story of personal adventure and prison life"). Sabin 90483. Streeter 1610.

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