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    Lorenzo de Zavala. Ensayo Histórico de las Revoluciones de México desde 1808 hasta 1830. Two volumes. Volume I, Paris: Imprenta de P. Dupont et G.-Laguionie, 1831; Volume II, Nueva-York: Imprenta de Elliott y Palmer, 1832. 8vo, 443 pages; vii, 420 pages. Indexed. Both volumes have marbled paper over boards with printed spine labels. Front boards of both volumes are bowed outward slightly. Heavily worn. Bumped corners on both volumes. Volume I shows some chipping at the head of spine and foot of spine covering removed. Both the head and foot of the spine covering on volume II removed. Light to moderate foxing throughout both books, heavier in volume II with significant toning; dampstaining at the top of the pages in volume I and on the rear endpapers of volume II.

    Lorenzo de Zavala (1788-1836), a participant in both the Mexican and Texan Revolutions, was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and served as first (interim) vice-president of Texas under interim president David G. Burnet. Having held various political offices in Mexico, he resigned as Minister to France in 1834 and retired to the United States when one-time ally, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, assumed dictatorial powers. He was naturally drawn to the Texas political scene. A Mexican Liberal, he had first supported the idea of Mexican Federalism in Texas, but later changed his views and supported the Texas independence movement.

    Both books formerly belonged to Alexander Dienst, a dentist, author, and historian who amassed a collection of books and primary sources dealing with Texas history, primarily the Texas Revolution and the Texas Navy. From 1932 to 1935 served as president of the Texas State Historical Association and authored the book "The Navy of the Republic of Texas, 1835-1845." On the front endpaper of both volumes, Dienst has written: "These two volumes are from the private library of Bustamante of Mexico/Dr. Alex. Dienst/Temple, Texas." Presumably, he is referring to Anastacio Bustamante, three-time president of Mexico during the nineteenth century.

    "This historical essay on the Revolutions of Mexico is a work of some merit, by a thorough republican with strong prejudices." (Raines) "Included because of the prominent part played by Zavala in Texas affairs, and for his comments on Austin, the law of April 6, 1830, Texas colonization...[and] Mexicans whose conduct influenced the course of events in Texas....A mine of information on the political events and personalities of the period covered." (Streeter)

    Reference: Raines, p. 224. Streeter 1128. Sabin 106277.

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